Router questions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wrz0170, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. wrz0170 macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2008

    Like most, I am trying to make my (DSL) network the best that I can (and for what I can afford). I rely on it because it pipes in all of our entertainment as we happily ditched satellite last year.

    With that said, I have a Netgear WNR3500 2.4ghz router. My ATV2 is directly plugged into it, my NAS and my TV. It works ok and has been relatively reliable.

    Is there any advantage/improvements to the network with a dual band router? ie, Airport Extreme or the NG WNDR3700?

    We just have two MBP laptops and iphones that round off the network.

  2. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    My understanding is that dual band wireless routers help to alleviate a heavily taxed wireless network by splitting video traffic from data traffic; so, if you're trying to stream a HD movie while transferring a huge collection of files, your connection wouldn't be taxed as heavily. While this would help a network with high traffic via WiFi, I don't know if this would help you out since you use a wired connection to your ATV, and I don't believe that it wouldn't really speed up your internet connection, as your connection would still only be so fast.

    The router you have should be fine, considering that it has both Wireless-N AND gigabit Ethernet ports. Streaming from your NAS to the Apple TV should be no problem if both devices are plugged in via the gigabit Ethernet ports.
  3. wrz0170 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2008

    Thanks! I sort of had an idea that dual band shines more towards the wireless side, I just wanted to be sure that there wasn't something there that I would be missing.

    Both ATV2 and NAS are plugged in. I am lucky in that everything is right in one spot; DSL modem, router, TV, ATV2 and NAS. I like to opt for plug in over wireless.

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