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Least Expensive Way to go Wireless-N?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by itzme, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. itzme

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    I currently have a Belkin F5D8233-4v3(01) as my primary router. My two HRs get on my wireless network with 2 old WRT54g routers that I've set up as Client Bridges (wireless adapters) that have DD-WRT. So this means that even though I have an N router, the network is only giving me Wireless G speeds.

    I'm thinking that once MRV comes out I'm going to want Wireless N speed on everything. What is the least expensive way to upgrade?

    I've noticed that the Belkin Router has a setting to use it as an Access Point? Would that work on my HR's? Those routers sell for under $60, whereas the newer WGA600N is more like $90. Would that work? Is there anyway to get Wireless N mode onto my DD-WRT existing hardware (WRT54g routers set as bridges)? I don't think DD-WRT supports wireless N. I don't really want to go the powerline route either. I'm open to creative ideas...
     
  2. itzme

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    hmmm... there's no frugel Wireless N folks, eh?
     
  3. BattleZone

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    No. An access point isn't the same as a bridge. The HRs need a bridge.

    No, totally different hardware is required.

    It certainly does, but again, you need N devices.

    http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices

    What it comes down to is that you're going to have to buy some new N-class devices that can work as a wireless bridge, and since you can find the WGA600N for around $70, you probably won't save much money buying a different brand right now. And even if you can save $10-20 a unit, is it worth giving up native support? You'll have to decide that for yourself.
     
  4. itzme

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    IIP. Thanks! Very helpful. You validated alot that I suspected. I think I'll wait for MRV and then see how my G network handles it.
     

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