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Best router for Roamio + Mini

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by lunacy, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Feb 2, 2014 #1 of 35
    lunacy

    lunacy New Member

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    I am looking at getting a new router for my in home network. I wanted to see what successful setups people on here had. I have searched and found people having problems with certain models, but I would really like to see whose setup is working great and what hardware they are running.
     
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    Tico

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    AAinCal

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    I'm assuming you mean wifi not wired, since I don't think people are having trouble there. I had an Asus RT-N56U (not the N66U mentioned above) that i could not get working with my Roamio no matter what. It worked fine with everything else including the N-adapter attached to my Premiere. I now have a Netgear R7000 (Nighthawk) that works nicely with the Roamio.
     
  4. Feb 3, 2014 #4 of 35
    dahacker

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    Any $20+ router will work fine for wired since it is primarily the switch part you are using. Are you looking for a budget recommendation or something that will rock? For budget, I would snag a used Actiontec MI424wr Rev F or above off eBay from someone leaving a FIOS area. It includes MoCA 2.0 and pretty much no one with FIOS here has any problem with Tivo networking. I've got 30 plus devices in my MI424wr rev E driven network and it all works perfectly.

    I second the above ASUS recommendations at a mid level price.

    I seem to remember some guy here with a $500 Cisco home router setup with terrible Tivo problems, so I'd skip that.
     
  5. Feb 3, 2014 #5 of 35
    MScottC

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    I happen to be using the Asus RT-N56U router you mention with absolutely no problems at the moment. The one problem I did have when I first installed my Roamio and Mini were centered around green switches I have in addition to that router. But as a wired path between Roamio, Mini, and the outside world, it, along with another router/access point, has been running quite well.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2014 #6 of 35
    lunacy

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    I will be running a wired connection for the Roamio and Mini, but everything else (non-Tivo), and an old series 2 will be running wifi. So that will be a feature I need.

     
  7. Feb 3, 2014 #7 of 35
    Ziggie

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    I love our ASUS router, but our TiVo could not connect to it.
     
  8. Feb 3, 2014 #8 of 35
    lunacy

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    Sounds like ASUS might be one to avoid with a Tivo with the criteria of no potential headaches.

    I have been looking at a Linksys EA4500 or a EA6500(refurb $99 at linksys.com)

    So, anyone hear anything bad about those in regards to Tivos?
     
  9. Feb 3, 2014 #9 of 35
    takeshi

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    There are many good routers out there. I also use the Asus RT-N66U and would recommend it. If I was buying today I'd be looking at the AC version as well.

    Consider specific routers versus entire brands.
     
  10. Ziggie

    Ziggie TiVo Since 2003

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  11. vurbano

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    Best router is ASUS RT-AC68U. end of discussion. absolutely no problems with it.
     
  12. vurbano

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    Basically it is gigabit speed over the air.
     
  13. falc122727

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    The way my house is wired, I prefer a wired only router, along with wireless APs. They don't make many wired only routers anymore, but I recently found one I love, that is working great with my Roamio and Mini, and still maintaining excellent throughput across the rest of the network. Check out the Mikrotik RB750GL Router and RB260GS Switches. I've had a great experience with them and you'll see great reviews at Amazon.

    For wireless I use a Ubiquiti UniFi Long Range AP, which is the best wireless I have ever used at home. Haven't tried it on a TiVo though, as all of mine have been ethernet.
     
  14. lessd

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    My Netgear R6300 has been working great for some years now
     
  15. Ziggie

    Ziggie TiVo Since 2003

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    Thank you both! :up:
     
  16. patrickthickey

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    I use a ZyXel 110, which is a wired firewall with 5 GigE ports. I think I paid 350 for it. It has many features we do not need, but as a firewall it performs stateful inspection and it more configurable overall.

    In my experience, wireless is problematic and I use it only for our small number of smart phones and one tablet.

    The Tivos are much happier, in our environment, with hardwired.
     
  17. poppagene

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    I would second this recommendation for the ease of moca.
     
  18. CraigK

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    I have an ASUS RT-AC68R (the retail version of the 68U) and likewise have had no problems at all. I've had TiVo Series 2, HD, and Roamio all hooked up to it both wired and wireless without any issues.
     
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    The firmware's been a bit wonky at some points since release, though it's getting better.

    I'm probably going to upgrade my RT-N66U to an AC68U once the 802.11AC standard is fully ratified, which should happen this year.

    I also have to put in another recommendation for the RT-N66U, as I've had one for almost two years and it's a workhouse of a router.

    I have 2-3 laptops connected to it, 2 smartphones, 3 tablets, 5 Tivo units over MoCA, multiple gaming consoles (PS3, X360, Wii, OG Xbox, PS2, GameCube) and a HTPC connected via a wireless bridge and the router has never had any real issues. I've shuffled a couple of terabytes over the weekend from Tivo to Tivo while other stuff was being done and it's not complained once.

    For either the N66U or the AC68U, I strongly recommend using the variant of DD-WRT from RMerlin on forums.smallnetbuilder.com:
    http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/forumdisplay.php?f=42

    RMerlin is constantly evolving the firmware, is always responsive to questions and works directly with ASUS on a number of FW-related issues he runs across.

    ASUS wireless devices forum:
    http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/forumdisplay.php?f=37
     
  20. mjgraves

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    Some years ago, after some dreadful experiences with voip implementation using various Linksys & Netgear devices, I completely gave up on consumer routers. I moved to an open source software called m0n0wall (http://m0n0.ch/wall/) running on a single board computer, in my case a PC Engines ALIX. Netgate.com is an excellent source for such systems.

    This combination is a bit more costly, running about $200 to get started, but it's been an absolute joy to use. Extremely stable, flexible, with wonderful support from the user community.

    We have had zero issues with our Tivo systems on this network. We've had (3) Tivos Series 2, (2) TivoHD and most recently a Roamio Plus+ Mini. Since moving to the Roamio we've been streaming Netflix SuperHD (1080p) over our Comcast internet service.

    http://www.mgraves.org/2014/01/recent-thoughts-edge-network/

    The m0n0wall/ALIX combination lets me maintain traffic shaping that supports video streaming, music streaming and multiple voice calls over the same connection with zero suffering of any service.

    For those who need more control or depth than m0n0wall supports there's pfsense (http://www.pfsense.org) which is also open source and runs on similar SBCs or any PC with two NICs.
     

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