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Poll: Home Network

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Beryl, May 25, 2012.

Poll: Your Home Network

  1. Ethernet

    161 vote(s)
  2. Powerline

    19 vote(s)
  3. MoCA

    38 vote(s)
  4. HomePNA

    0 vote(s)
  5. Wireless

    127 vote(s)
  6. None or Dial-up

    0 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    That's why you need multiple Access points to provide plenty of coverage and bandwidth to make sure it is not over saturated. I have five Access Points now in my 1350ft condo. So I can get maximum throughput from my wireless devices by not having any AP saturated.

    If I were in a house I would have even more APs to provide the proper coverage. Most people only use one or two APs in their houses which causes many problems since signal strength will be low in certain areas as well as the APs being way oversaturated with too many wireless devices for the one or two APs.

    IN my setup I can connect a TiVo to a wireless Bridge and get identical performance to when it is connected to MoCA or to my GigE backbone. But this is only because I have the bandwidth available over Wi-Fi
  2. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    Problem free wireless here even though I would of course prefer ethernet be wired throughout the house but that isn't going to happen. My most demanding use is Vudu at around 5Mbps and it works at all locations it is set up. Transfers between TiVos works well enough when needed and I have about 20 devices on my network.
  3. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    bazadata: The question is the home network, as in how the various devices in your home get their Internet/network connections and share data/content/resources amongst themselves, not how your home gets its Internet.

    My home network is mostly wired Cat5e Ethernet (the basement is open, and I have an accessible chase to the upstairs). For now, only my netbook computer uses wireless. For network equipment, I have a basic wireless router, plus an Ethernet switch, all 10/100. I have three desktop PCs, one TiVo, and an Xbox 360 connected to the wired network.
  4. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    It cost me nothing to install ethernet in my home other than the cost of the wiring, wall plates, and keystone jacks and whatever time I needed to invest in the installation. CAT6 patch cables from monoprice.com are dirt cheap, as are CAT6 keystone jacks and wall plates. You may even be able to beat monoprice's cost if you search the net. I have a patch bay in my wiring closet (also from monoprice) that uses keystone jacks as well. You'll need to purchase a decent punch block tool for terminating the wiring at each end and it's well worth the investment.

    Get a 1000' roll of CAT6 ethernet riser cable online for a whole house job. If you've only got a few rooms to serve then look on ebay for partial rolls. Contractors sell leftover cable for a fraction of the original cost of a full roll. They buy the cable in bulk, charge the customer an inflated rate for the amount of cable they use, and sell the leftover cable cheap. I've purchased rolls of 300'-500' of ethernet cable for a lower cost per foot than if I had bought an entire 1000' roll.

    There's no need to pay anyone to run ethernet wiring throughout your house unless you're either too darn lazy, completely inept, or have lots of disposable income, in which case you're got no cause to ***** about the cost. Find a central point where you can run wires between floors if you live in a multi-story dwelling and run wires from a central location to each room.

    If you're in a condo or an apartment then that's another ballgame altogether. You'll have to work with your landlord or condo association to run any additional wiring.
  5. Leon WIlkinson

    Leon WIlkinson TiVo Gone Wild

    Feb 13, 2000
    TiVo Town
    I might need to get a AP to help with congestion on my dlink 615, when my nephew brings in his clan in to use my 20MB connectiion. He is going to Collage this fall in town for 1-2 yrs, in dorms but I'm sure he will be here to do laundry and what not. He had a GPA of 3.6 while taking 2 AP courses.

    I came so close to buying one in the past.
  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Yes the Dlink 615 can only handle so much wireless traffic. I setup one at my girlfriends house.
  7. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    My home network is primarily hardwired ethernet (100mbit; haven't upgraded the switches for gigE).
    Desktop, game console, printer, tivo all wired but I do have an AirPort Express to provide wireless to the laptop and mobiles devices. It also allows me to stream itunes or airplay to my receiver (Toslink).

    Internet is FIOS; with an old PC acting as a fw/router

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