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SimonSchwarz
February 13th, 2011, 09:19 AM
Hey guys!

I have a dlink DIR-300 router, which my Boxee Box is regularely losing connection to, but as it is only a wlan g router anyway, i was thinking about switching to a faster router.

So i was wondering if you can give me advice on which wlan n router works perfectly with the box and isnt that expensive?

Thanks so much for your help,
Simon

Arcadius
February 13th, 2011, 09:59 AM
My Dlink DIR 655 worked very well with my boxeebox. I'm wired now, but at first I was wireless for a little over a month. I don't tend to play very high bitrate stuff though. I think my highest right now is about 7 Mbps..

cmbeard
February 13th, 2011, 11:03 AM
I use a Netgear WNDR 3700 and it works wonderfully. Had a D-Link before and was having trouble with it. The Netgear hasn't lost a connection yet (been running constantly since November, when I got it) and never any trouble with buffering etc. I run exclusively off wireless and the Boxee Box is about 50 feet from the router and through 2 walls.

lokiboard
February 13th, 2011, 12:04 PM
I've had Linksys and Netgear fail within months of purchase. I recently went with the D-link dir-825 and it works like a champ. You may consider WD Livewire powerline AV depending on your current routers/ networks capabilities and skip the wireless all together where streaming is involved. Its good in older housing if you don't want to drill holes and run cables.:D Get your data through/ across your existing power line! Here is a good Cnet review of the product if you want a better idea.

http://reviews.cnet.com/bridges/western-digital-wd-livewire/4505-3304_7-34161837.html?autoplay=true&tag=contentMain;contentBody;1n

whipmyhair
February 13th, 2011, 03:53 PM
buffalo makes one of the best

Prospero424
February 13th, 2011, 06:52 PM
I'd say that an accurate recommendation would depend mostly on your allocated budget for this purchase.

I'm cheap, I really don't care about dealing with the hassles of properly utilizing a dual-band network (which the Boxee Box doesn't support anyway), and I prefer open firmware.

So one of these would be my personal recommendation:

BUFFALO WHR-HP-G300N (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162033) This one has replaceable antennas and is cheaper, but doesn't have gigabit Ethernet.

BUFFALO WZR-HP-G300NH (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162031) This one has fixed antennas and costs a bit more, but it has gigabit Ethernet

Both allow the use of the DD-WRT firmware and are rated very highly.

planktonamor
February 13th, 2011, 08:11 PM
Make sure whatever you get is running N over 2.4GHZ spectrum not 5. From what I've read that seems to be the issue many have with their N networks. I have a dual radio Airport Extreme, mine broadcasts N in the 5Ghz spectrum and no dice. I had to go wired...G isn't enough for 720p...I was getting some stutters. I have two Boxee Boxes, so I know it's not a bad device. Fortunately I wired my house with cat6, so just had to upgrade my switch to one with a couple more ports.

Here is a link to another thread:
http://forums.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=22054

Good luck

Prospero424
February 13th, 2011, 10:10 PM
Make sure whatever you get is running N over 2.4GHZ spectrum not 5. From what I've read that seems to be the issue many have with their N networks. I have a dual radio Airport Extreme, mine broadcasts N in the 5Ghz spectrum and no dice.

I don't think they even make 5ghz-only routers anymore. They're all either dual-band or 2.4ghz-only.

canuckle
February 14th, 2011, 01:15 AM
Not sure what your budget is, but D-link has some interesting new routers coming out soon that should play nice.

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/D-Link-Introduces-HD-Media-Routers-Industrys-First-Line-Product-With-SmartBeam-Technology-1375710.htm

juicejuice
February 14th, 2011, 06:17 AM
I'm running an Asus RT-N16 here and it is pretty good. Very beefy specs, gigabit, USB, all the trimmings. BTW, it is 2.4GHz only - no 5GHz support.

Best of all, it can run the DD-WRT firmware which I find very stable and reliable.

Krontab
February 14th, 2011, 06:23 AM
I'm running an Asus RT-N16 here and it is pretty good. Very beefy specs, gigabit, USB, all the trimmings. BTW, it is 2.4GHz only - no 5GHz support.

Best of all, it can run the DD-WRT firmware which I find very stable and reliable.

Yeah DD-WRT is good stuff. I use a linksys 610n running that with no issues.

Prospero424
February 14th, 2011, 08:48 PM
Yeah, I've heard and read very good things about both the Asus and Buffalo models. For reasonably-priced 802.11n routers, they're hard to beat.

Although if you're not the type of person who likes to tinker around with your router's config to tweak performance, stability, and security, DD-WRT may not be for you. But in that case, the default firmware that comes with it should be acceptable even if it's not ideal.

whipmyhair
February 15th, 2011, 10:00 AM
Yeah, I've heard and read very good things about both the Asus and Buffalo models. For reasonably-priced 802.11n routers, they're hard to beat.

Although if you're not the type of person who likes to tinker around with your router's config to tweak performance, stability, and security, DD-WRT may not be for you. But in that case, the default firmware that comes with it should be acceptable even if it's not ideal.

one needs not to mess with the advanced functionality, but it is nice that its there

the dd-wrt is just more streamlined... good interface, nice bandwidth graph, etc

aaronwt
February 15th, 2011, 11:51 AM
Hey guys!

I have a dlink DIR-300 router, which my Boxee Box is regularely losing connection to, but as it is only a wlan g router anyway, i was thinking about switching to a faster router.

So i was wondering if you can give me advice on which wlan n router works perfectly with the box and isnt that expensive?

Thanks so much for your help,
Simon

Pretty much any router shoudl work. You just need 2.4Ghz wireless N for best results. My girlfriends ultra cheap Dlink Dir-615 works great with the Boxee Box. As well as my much more expensive DLink DGL4500 router. And also the Dlink DAP1522 access points/Bridges work very well. With the DAP1522 AP/Bridge combination I can stream my BD ISOs in my testing. But I also have several APs located in my condo so bandwidth and speed are not an issue with multiple wireless Devices.