A little dilemma,
Currently my network setup is a Netgear WNDR3700v3 that feeds my hard wired 3 desktops, 2 network printers and a PS3 (yes I have a Cisco 10/100/1000 switch) I wireless feed 2 laptops, 2 blu-ray players 3 IPODS, Kindle and an IPAD. My media center is a network receiver another blu-ray player and a WD Live Hub. These get feed through a wireless adapter Trendnet TEW-647GA. This hook into the switch on the back of my receiver and then goes to my other two devices. Everything is not on at the same time!
The media center is down stairs and the router is up stairs. The wireless reception downstairs is good, even a good two bars at my neighbors house further away and more walls to go through. When I transfer files downstairs I only get 2 - 4 MBs when I should be getting at least 10 MBs if not more. When I stream Netflix it’s I get HD sometimes and others times I am buffering while the adapter is saying the reception is good ( all blue lights ).
Hard wire the downstairs. This would be best but the wife factor comes into play hard ( I might make the news, “man dies for networking home” ) This would also be most cost effective, I can do it for under $50usd. I have to drill through the floor into the garage through the water heater closet into the storage closet and into the family room. A day job I would need the wife away for the day.
Power line, I don’t know about this too much but the wife acceptance is high
Add an antenna. How the “F” do I put an antenna on a router that has all internal antenna??
Get a different adapter for downstairs. I tried a Netgear adapter Best Buy pushed on me and that was a POS. The Trendnet is a lot better.
A new router, That would suck I kind of like this router, first one I have owned that I don’t have to reboot every week to month. I have had the same transfer speeds with Netgear WNDR4000 ( daily reboots returned to Fry’s ) D-Link 655 ( fried after 5 months ) Linksys E2500 ( good and stable but slooooooow ) Now I have the WNDR 3700v3 ( nice but the same transfer speed .
So I would like to transfer my 4gb movies and watch my Netflix in HD with some stable speed. Streaming my Pandora without hick-up would be a joy. I was thinking about trying DD-WRT firmware to crank the signal to max.
What would you do?