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Best router for Roamio + Mini

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

  1. shrike4242

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  2. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    Might want to stay away from any that feature the "green" functionality, which is seen in some newer residential switches not so much in home routers. That is a marketing gimmick to save on electrical use but that little feature can cause big headaches.
     
  3. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    There was an issue when the Roamio was first released when connecting to a green switch. But they corrected it.
     
  4. eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    That's good, Tivo's ethernet issues aren't the only network devices that have had problems with them.
     
  5. mhalladay

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    I also upgraded to the RT-AC66U version of this router last year, when I was having random network problems - most likely due to gradual addition of devices such as Onyko AV receiver, Roku, smartphone and tablets. My guess is that the older router was just choking on the level of throughput..

    My Roamio, Mini, and old Series 3 HD are all hard-wired either directly to the RT-AC66U (or thru a Netgear 5-port gigabit switch), and I'm having no problems with either Tivos on the network or any other wired or wireless device.

    Highly recommended.
     
  6. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    +1
     
  7. Loach

    Loach New Member

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    I'm thinking it may be time for me to upgrade to a new router. Not really for Tivo purposes as I'm mostly on MoCA, but more for general wireless usage in the house. My current router is a Netgear wireless G router - I honestly don't even remember how old it is - likely about 10 years. It works fine most of the time but firmware updates have ended and every once in a while it seems to hang (starts working fine again after a cold reboot).

    My inclination would be to go with a new AC router, but I have 5.8 Ghz cordless phones throughout the house, so my question is whether those might interfere with the AC band. Does AC use a ~5 Ghz band? I'm thinking it might not be worth buying an AC router if it's just going to drop down and use the N band due to interference. Thoughts? Obviously been a long time since I shopped routers.
     
  8. Tico

    Tico Bear Down Cats!!!!!

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    Check this out:

    http://bradsfavorite.com/avoid-interference-5-ghz-wifi-5-8-ghz-cordless-phones/
     
  9. Loach

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  10. dahacker

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    What devices do you have that can even use AC wireless? Don't waste your money unless you have specific plans and needs for it. Just get a quality N router. Anything that isn't moving in the house like Tivo should be wired period.
     
  11. Loach

    Loach New Member

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    Fair point - honestly not sure any of our laptops or tablets are equipped with AC. And yes, all of our stationary equipment is wired via Cat 5e or MoCA. So I guess buying an AC router is a future-proofing move for most people?
     
  12. Time_Lord

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    I haven't used a consumer grade router and switch for quite some time, granted most of the equipment is getting dated but runs rock solid. The disadvantage is fans, routers and switches have fans!

    I'm using a
    Cisco 1921 router - online 4 months - reload due to a sw upgrade
    Cisco 3550xl switch w/PoE - online over a year - restarted due to a power outage
    Cisco 1242 A/P (x2) - dependent upon the switch for power but up over a year too

    What I can say is my network is rock solid, but I'm using dated equipment I'm only running a 100Mb/s network which I have found to be sufficient for what I'm doing.

    I don't have issues with devices having problems connecting to my A/Ps, (they only run A/B/G) and when they are connected the signal is always rock solid. I connect my work laptop to my wireless network and use a VoIP phone while using Webex and never have a problem.

    I understand that most (all?) of the new consumer grade stuff is all gigabit ethernet which is fine but from where I am standing it looks like manufacturers are putting out cheap junk so fast they never properly test the equipment and simply replace it with the next router/switch that they can push out the door and make more money on.

    I guess the point is, before you rush out and buy the latest and greatest thinking that you really must have Gigabit ethernet or that new N or AC wireless router, does the current equipment meet your needs and is it stable? If it does why not leave it alone and not buy the new equipment because it hit all the new fancy buzzwords.

    oh, don't forget your home ethernet wiring, Gig ethernet requires Cat5e or better to run (Cat 6, 7 or whatever else is out there won't buy you any more performance but will cost you more $$)


    just my $.02

    -TL
     
  13. Tico

    Tico Bear Down Cats!!!!!

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    I can buy a LOT of consumer grade stuff for what you paid for yours.
    And if you buy the right consumer stuff it really does work good. My Asus has only been rebooted for upgrades. Rock solid for probably 10% of the cost of your setup.

    And I have wireless N And gig everywhere.
     
  14. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I've had the same experience with Asus and Dlink. I only need to reboot for a software update. My GFs Dlink router I setup for her has been up for several years now without issues.
     
  15. vsbdtv

    vsbdtv Custom User

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    Recently setup a Mini to go with my Roamio and started experiencing lots of stuttering and lost connections. From trying different cables etc was able to narrow it down to my Asus RT-N66U router. I upgraded the firmware on the Asus to the latest versions, and the problem actually worsened. Even tried the Merlin firmware version to no avail. When I replaced the RT-N66U with an old Linksys WRT300N I had in the attic, the problem disappeared. The RT-N66U had been very good for wireless, but I think it's LAN connections are not reliable, at least in my case. All of the Tivo equipment was plugged in to the RT-N66U directly.
     

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