Jul 19 2006, 06:34 PM
Im considering going wireless for my next setup when we move house.
Basically i share a lot of data (movies, vids, pics) from my PC to my modded Xbox running xbmc. I am wondering how the xbox operations will perform on a wireless network. How will i go about putting WEP keys and stuff in Xbox networking?
Also if anyone is running xbox on a wireless network, how is your video playback? Do Xivid movies play right away or does it save to the HD first and then play?
By the way i am going to buy a Sweex wireless solution: Wireless LAN Bundle 140 Nitro XM
The good thing about this broadband router with a usbII nic combo is that it supports theoretical speeds upto 140 Mbps, so im guessing i should be able to pull off at least 50 Mbps off from it which isnt even half. The house will be 2 story concrete with PC on 2nd floor and Xbox with the router on the ground. I expect to plug in the xbox directly into the router and from there wireless signal to my PC.
I welcome your comments,
Jul 19 2006, 07:11 PM
i haven't personally used my xbox wirelessly yet but i'm pretty sure that there will be
issues when attempting to stream movies.
obviously, a lot will depend upon how far your xbox is from the router, what type of objects
are between the router and the xbox, and also if any DECT telephones are within range.
the theoretical speed of 54Mbps will only possibly be attainable in perfect conditions so
if you do go down the wireless route (no pun intended) then ensure that you give yourself
the best start by positioning the router in an optimal position, clear of any pc's / radiators /
uPVC double glazed windows etc. all of these seemingly innocuous trappings can degrade
signal strength and quality.
you might want to invest in a larger antenna for your router (if it supports it) which will help
and also maybe a wireless access point which will help ditribute the signal more evenly.
apologies....mis-read your post and assumed xbox would be wireless.
tbh, what i said in my previous post will also apply to the wireless pc.
another sticking point with wireless is the type of encryption to use, most people
assume using WPA-PSK is the best method. admittedly, this is the strongest type of
encryption but will hinder network data due to the ever changing "key" which is generated
to authenticate the wireless client.
WEP (64 or 128Bit) will suffice when coupled with MAC authentication and IP restriction.
the xbox (when connected by wire) will not require WEP etc.
Jul 19 2006, 07:57 PM
The theoretical speeds of this router are 140 Mbps so im hoping practical speeds should go half of that or even less which is 50. But i still would like to hear from anyone who is using a wireless solution to watch movies shared by the PC.
Im not sure if i understand the difference between this wireless router / broadband versus an access point. Could someone explain?
I'll definitely contact Sweex and ask them if it is possible to replace the antenna for this unit for a larger one.
There are not many reviews of this router but from what i gather it is easy to setup. Unfortunately not very user friendly.
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