Sorry for the probable long length of this message…
I recently purchased the Live Hub and have been getting familiar with it. First connection attempt was using a (unsupported) Netgear WNDA3100v2 wifi adapter. Discovered the difference between v1 and v2 adapters after purchase and was able to return the v2 with no restocking fee. Unable to find a “for-sure” v1 device so I moved on.
Found a refurbished Cisco/Linksys AE1000 which arrived, was seen by the Live Hub, but only intermittently saw my 2.4g/5g signals and was never able to establish a connection to the router. It did see some wifi networks of neighbors fairly consistently. Set the adapter aside for the moment.
Based on some postings from TonyPh12345 (you’re a godsend Tony!) and others I ordered, received, and connected a WD LiveWire. Connected fine but things seemed slow when accessing my WD networked drives to play a movie. Some movies seemed to stutter and jerk. So I copied some of the movies to the Hub from the networked drive using my Win7 laptop controlling the copying. File transfer speeds were 2-3 MB/sec which seemed slow to me? Copying the same file(s) from network drive to laptop using 1gb wire yielded speeds of 40-45 MB/sec.
I then tried the refurb’d AE1000 again and no joy. Neither would it see my wifi when attached to my laptop although again it would see some neighboring signals. My 2 laptops *DO* see and connect to my wifi on both 2.4g and 5g sides as needed. Going to return the refurb’d AE1000 for refund.
Next I temporarily ran a long ethernet cable from router to Hub and was able to transfer files at 6-7 MB/sec which I assume will be the absolute best I can expect?
So my questions (finally!) are…
Where do I go from here? I’ve considered the following:
- a Netgear WNCE2001 ethernet-connected wifi adapter (2.4g only) attached to the ethernet port on the Hub and using the WPS push and play between the adapter and my Netgear N600/WNDR3700.
adding a second N600/WNDR3700 in the entertainment area set up in “Bridge” or “Wireless Repeating” mode. I’d need to switch from WPA2 to WEP if going that direction. However it might allow me to dedicate/isolate the 5g band to the Hub and the Samsung TV on the wall there. When not experimenting with trying to connect the Hub, I normally do not broadcast the SSID and I restrict wifi access based on limited set of MAC ID’s.
yet another USB wifi adapter - TBD.
any other suggestions for a workable, resaonably fast/robust wireless solution are most welcome and encouraged!
Second question is where should all/most of my media files reside for ease of use of the Hub? I have just started the ripping/copying process of my DVD collection (music CD’s already done). Doubt everything (~200 DVDs - none Blu-ray ATM) will fit onto the 1tb drive in the Hub once everything of interest is processed. If all media files are kept on the network drives, is speed of access (assuming wireless issues above are resolved!) to compile library and play media sufficient to avoid stutter and such?
My third question pertains to folder heirarchy choices and will be posted in the General Forum.
To reiterate, my verified (empirically) large file xfer/access speeds are:
1gb ethernet to laptop: 40-45 MB/sec
2.4g wifi to laptop: 7-8 MB/sec
5g wifi to laptop: 14-15 MB/sec
1gb ethernet to Hub: 6-7 MB/sec
Livewire to Hub: 2-3 MB/sec
2.4g/5g wifi to Hub: unsuccessful so far