May 16th, 2012, 09:42 AM
Best wireless router to use with Boxee
So I just bought a Boxee and am about to upgrade to a faster cable service, so it's time to upgrade the modem and router.
I don't really know much about this stuff but I'd love a router with QOS so I can "throttle" my usenet downloads when needed, and also to limit the bandwidth of other users on the network (I have a rental suite in my home and the tenants share the connection).
I'd also like for this router to work great with the boxee as the one I'm using currently is buffering every 2 minutes or so on 5-6GB 720P MKV files. I've been reading a bit about dual-band- would this allow me to have the boxee & my media server on one band, while keeping everyone else on a seperate one?
Anyways, any reccomendations would be greatly appreciated.
May 16th, 2012, 11:45 AM
Get one with a media port usb on it. Allows you to directly connect drives to it.
May 16th, 2012, 01:10 PM
Not really what I'm looking for. I'm trying to simplify and not have to move files onto other drives, and run it all wireless. I like the idea that as long as my computer is on, I can just turn on the boxee and access my movies.
So, after reading a little more about dual-band routers, I don't think it's the solution. Since the boxee isn't compatible with 5GHz, it would run on the 2.4GHz band. We have some wireless-G devices in the house and, when accessing the network, they would slow down the boxee to G speeds of 54mb/s (I think- this is just some stuff I've been reading).
May 16th, 2012, 02:28 PM
You really should consider a hard wired connection to your BBox
If this is impossible (it usually isn't) then you might consider an N450 wireless router - but you will also need to have your devices connected to a 450 wireless adapter to take full advantage of the possible better performance
And btw, the BBox uses wireless N
May 16th, 2012, 03:47 PM
Originally Posted by gmd024
Boxee Box 1: 188.8.131.5235, Wired, HDMI, HW Version B1 Boxee Box 2: 184.108.40.20635, Wireless via Asus EA-N66, HDMI, HW Version A2
Network: Wired Ethernet Cat6 (Box1), Wireless (Box2)
Server 1: unRAID (15.5TB) Server 2: Synology DS-210j (1.5TB Raid1) Server 3: Synology DS-411j (4TB Raid1)
Router: Asus RT-N56U w/Custom FW
Switch: HP Procurve 1410-8G
TV1: Panasonic TC-P50ST50 TV2: Samsung 32LNB540
May 16th, 2012, 04:15 PM
Yes, that's correct, I didn't bring that back to light because the original thread starter already stated that in post #3 - he mentioned that the other G devices might bring the BBox down to G speeds so I only mentioned the BBox has wireless N capabilities
Originally Posted by mbryanr
May 16th, 2012, 06:18 PM
I know it only has wireless N, but if I'm using the 2.4GHz band of a dual-band router (which supports G and N) with the boxee, then a wireless-G device connects, that band is going to be reduced to the 54mbs G speed. (correct me if I'm wrong, but I read that somewhere. this would make it useless to use a dual band router as there is no advantage since boxee doesn't support 5ghz)
Originally Posted by gmd024
May 16th, 2012, 06:31 PM
As I mentioned, I'm not a big fan of wireless, but from what I understand about connecting to a network... If you connect an N device to a an N wireless router it will be connected via N speeds (dependent on the amount of bandwidth that's available) -- but if other G devices are simply connecting to the same N network, it doesn't necessarily mean your N device (ie... your BBox) will be connecting at G speeds, because you are not connecting through the other G devices
Originally Posted by madamimadam
May 17th, 2012, 02:17 PM
I think you are missing the point with the dual band routers. Your correct about how boxee will connect to it 2.4 but it still will allow you to separate other devices to a different band which will help. Also you might not be as happy as you think you will buy streaming all your content from a PC. You will have glitches here and there. So if you go this route you have been warned. I have 3 2tb internal HDs in docking stations plugged in directly to router and boxee box and have eliminated all my weird issues and buffering/slowness issues.