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  1. May 7, 2008 #1 of 33
    tfederov

    tfederov Well-Known Member

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    Okay, not that bad... :D

    During the first look, making the jump from wireless G to N was said to make a difference in streaming HD.

    For scientific reasons, I went out and bought a Linksys wireless N router and a wireless N gaming adapter.

    Wow.

    I'm streaming HD channels now and there isn't a skip in playing with the exception of one channel (KXAS, NBC Dallas). I need more time to be sure but I'm on the boat of N for high def wireless streaming.


    Tom, in part of your questioning to our friends at DIRECTV could you please ask them what their experience was with wireless b vs. wireless g vs. wireless n?
     
  2. May 7, 2008 #2 of 33
    phat78boy

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    Glad you were able to prove your hypothesis...:D .
     
  3. May 7, 2008 #3 of 33
    tfederov

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    I'm pretty stoked about it. The router is Viiv certified too, an extra bonus for me.

    I'll need to update my drawings and setup but I'll most likely hold off on that until after the weekend. My family is coming to town for my daughter's baptism and it's gonna be a madhouse here.
     
  4. May 7, 2008 #4 of 33
    PoitNarf

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    I can pretty much guarantee that 802.11b will flat out not work.
     
  5. May 7, 2008 #5 of 33
    phat78boy

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    I'll completely agree with that. I would say G would be fine for SD and you will need N for HD. Hopefully they have a properly configured wireless network or even a N network won't help.
     
  6. May 7, 2008 #6 of 33
    PoitNarf

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    Yep, while 802.11b is certainly capable of speeds required for SD content, the real limiter is how long it can sustain those speeds during video playback. This is also why 802.11g has a difficult time streaming HD.
     
  7. May 7, 2008 #7 of 33
    phat78boy

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    People always confuse top end throughput with sustained throughput. Yes, you might hit 54mbps for a few seconds on G, but you can susatian that for an entire hour long episode.
     
  8. May 8, 2008 #8 of 33
    jclarke9999

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    I've been able to get HD from the begining with my PC wirelessly connected using 802.11g, but I've got a somewhat unusal set up. My router is only about 4 feet away from my PC as the crow flies.

    If I could just convince my wife to let me knock a few more holes in walls, I'd be hard wired......
     
  9. May 8, 2008 #9 of 33
    VLaslow

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    My "G" ethernet bridge is about 9 feet from the Linksys Wireless Router. Playback of HD is not a problem at that distance for my desktop. Now, on the laptop, a weaker machine, even at the same distance, SD is great, but HD is out of sync and choppy.
     
  10. mhayes70

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    I want to update my video card on my desktop so bad I can't stand it..... I will just have to wait and save. :(
     
  11. Tom Robertson

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    Nvidia 8800GT card, 800w powersupply, and 4gb ram all arrived today. Yup, moderating can be costly too. :)
     
  12. PoitNarf

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    Speaking of moderating, stupid me let my DBSTalk Club membership expire. :lol:

    I just reordered another year so I'm guessing that will take effect sometime tomorrow. It seems that my lovely Echelon tag has disappeared as a result. If you would be so kind as to restore it that would be great :D
     
  13. Tom Robertson

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    I'll wait for a couple days for the Club tag to hit, then I'll happily send the request in.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  14. mhayes70

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    opps!! !rolling
     
  15. jclarke9999

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    OK, after many resets, reconfigurations and and trips from the basement upstairs and back, I've got my-100 registering. Of course do to the distance I'm going to have to upgrade from 'G' to 'N' since that is the DVR my recordings tend to be on. Which wireless 'N' gaming adapter did you get?
     
  16. mhayes70

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    I have a Linksys WGA600N and it works great! I have not had any problems with it yet.
     
  17. tfederov

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    Same one I got too. I had some issues setting things up but I think it was more on my end. Setting up the router was a breeze since I carried over all of my information (manually) from my WRT54G router.
     
  18. dettxw

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    Note that if you want to take advantage of the dual radio (2.4 & 5 GHz) feature of the WGA600N then you will also need a dual radio router like the WRT600N.

    Standard WRT310N wireless N routers or the like will operate on 2.4GHz-only. Sometimes other wireless devices that operate on this same frequency (phones, wireless mice, etc.) can interfere so the possible two bands is nice. I think it also can provide greater bandwidth. There's probably plenty of Amazon or Newegg reviews out there with good info.
     
  19. jclarke9999

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    Cool. Thanks for the advice. I don't think I can stomach (ie afford) a new router, 3 PC adapters and a gaming adapter. A router and the gaming adapter will fit into my tax refund I got today. That being said, will my exisiting adapters connect to a new N router? I'm assuming so, but it never hurts to ask......
     
  20. dettxw

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    Sure, any n router will step down and talk to a, b or g.
    I'm just unsure how much that hopping around on different parts of the standard affects the n throughput.

    Happy shopping. :)
     

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