Shouldn't be a problem if you separate your IP's correctly. Took me a few stabs, since i'm no network guru. I have an Asus RT-N16, and the Rosewill RNX-N150, each as an AP, each with a fixed IP, both with same SSID and pwd, i can roam from room to room no problem. Just bought another 150 on yesterdays shellshocker. Might try one of these 300's next.
Rather than using an ethernet in, can a router with open-wrt be used to as a repeater which grabs your current wifi signal and just "repeats" it?
The "router" is the part that "routes" traffic from your internal network to the external. Very basically, it gets a single public IP address on the external side, and performs mapping to the internal network's multiple private IP addresses. It may also have firewall/etc functionality.
Most routers, especially consumer ones, come with a built in switch. Those are your four ethernet ports on your router.
You can add a switch to a router, and it's basically the same as extending the built in switch. (The differences probably aren't relevant for your situation, but the overly abridged version is to not put any file servers/etc on your router's internal switch if you do add a switch and have most of the client PCs on that switch).
Personally if it were me, I would go for a very solid wired router with minimal ports, something with excellent throughput and handling of a high number of connections, then add a switch. But if you just need something now on a tight budget, tossing in something cheap like this, eventually adding a switch to increase your wired capacity, and maybe eventually upgrading your router is perfectly fine.
FYI, if you're locating your switch near your router, you can even just get a 10/100 router and be fine. Since so long as you buy a gigabit switch, your internal network connected to that switch will be gigabit, and it won't matter that your router connects to that at 100, since your internet connection is basically guaranteed to run slower than that even.
But when you stream the local data over wifi, the streaming speed will be limitted at 100Mb, not 300Mb, right? That's why I say N routers without Gigabit Lan ports are money wasting.
one thing I learned from trial and error is the receiving device must have 300mb card/adapter. A lot of wifi N adapters, especially the cheap ones, only do 150mb.
I don't have direct line of sight and I get 280+mb.
True but what Windows says isn't the actual speed you are getting. I think you can use something like LAN Speed Test from CNET downloads to test how fast what you are getting on wireless. I can guarantee that your are not getting 280 Mbs transfer of files.
Also a link from Smallnetbuilder. Looks like only AC routers are able to go over 100Mbps therefore they are the ones only really benefitting on the GigLan. GigLan is best for wired to wired routing. Also these are using the 5Ghz bands.
Is anyone using multiple units to spread coverage? If so, are you setting the channels manually or leaving them Auto? I'm tempted to replace my RT-N16 with the second Rosewill I bought, since the Asus seems to refuse my login now. Took me so long to tweak it to behave with another AP and separate DHCP I'm afraid to reset it to ferret out what's up.
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