Originally Posted by sfx2000
That's cool - those little TP-Links you mentioned aren't going to do much for you... marginally faster perhaps than the WRT54G's, but likely not.
I would get a decent AP and a dedicated bridge - Buffalo makes a couple that work extremely well - both are dual-band, so you could probably get away with moving things up into the 5GHz band to minimize interference.
Suggested AP - WZR-600DHP
Suggested Bridge - WLI-TX4-AG300N
They're sold on Amazon and other fine online retailers...
Thanks for your suggestion. I'll check out the Buffalo when I decide to upgrade my wireless AP.
The TP-Links are stable so far, and in my experience much better than marginally faster than the WRT54G's. A 686+MB file copy took over 6 minutes over the WRT54G's, and just over a minute on the TP-Links. So nearly six times faster. Unless interference or stability become problems I think I'm set. I like having the bridge on dedicated hardware, if there's an issue I can replace it with a cable until it's fixed without affecting my wireless clients.
Originally Posted by stevech
how 'bout HomePlug?
Can you get the Cable company at their cost to move the coax for the cable modem to the other side of the room?
IMO: avoid WiFi for immobile heavily used PCs and NASes.
HomePlug looks cool but costly. I paid $17.99 for each of my two routers; HomePlug looks like about $50 per connection. Worth it if that's what it costs for the performance and reliability you need, but I see no reason to spend more if these little TP-Links do the job.
Moving the coax would have been the best solution, but the cable company wanted big bucks.
Agreed on connecting big immobile things with wires. The nice thing is, all my big immobile things can talk to each other through the gigabit switch; it's only their internet connection that goes through the air. Since that maxes out at 30Mbps, and I'm getting about 80 through the TP-Links, I don't think I'm losing anything by not over-buying. If it doesn't work out in the long run, one of the TP-Links will make a fine travel router and I might use the other at home. But so far, so good (~24h uptime).