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Networks Virgin Superhub Set-up Advice

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by drjaydee, 4 Jul 2012.

  1. drjaydee

    drjaydee What's a Dremel?

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    hi all

    we've just moved into a new house and are having 100 meg broadband installed, just want a bit of advice as to how to get the best from it. We also stream content around the house and would like this to be as quick as possible

    we have the virgin superhub from a previous tenant, which appears to be wireless-n and have 4 gigabit ethernet ports.

    our house has:
    3 xboxs, all with wireless-n capability
    2 desktop PC's with gigabit LAN
    and 4 laptops which have built in wireless-g

    i believe that the xboxs only have 100Mbit LAN built in, so I don't want to use the gigabit ports on these when the won't fully utilise them

    i also think that the superhub isn't dual-band, so if a wireless-g device attaches, it basically turns into a wireless-g router

    any advice as to the best way to set this up would be much appreciated, and if my assumptions are wrong, please correct me

    many thanks
     
  2. drjaydee

    drjaydee What's a Dremel?

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    my main questions are:

    will there be a bottleneck if i put all the xboxs on a single 100Mbit hub, connected to the superhub, leaving the PCs on the supplied gigabit, or will it be okay?

    and can i connect the wireless-g devices to a seperate wireless-g router, connected to the superhub, or will this cause a loss in throughput?
     
  3. suragh

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    How many rooms are there in your house? Do you have 2 floors? If so, I suggest buying an Access point somewhere in your house to extend the coverage if your connection in your area of use. I have 2 xboxs and 1 laptop/desktop and I am using a WAP along with a superhub.

    Put your desktops on the gigabit connection and have the xboxs/laptops on wireless.

    Just a suggestion :D
     
  4. drjaydee

    drjaydee What's a Dremel?

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    it's a 4-bed three-story student house with the router on the first (not ground) floor. the connection seems to be pretty strong everywhere in the house.

    can you confirm that adding the wireless-g devices to the superhub restricts everyone's speed to wireless-g?
     
  5. suragh

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    Example

    Wireless G and Wireless N devices want to connect to a Wireless N router (Superhub)

    Wireless N device stays exactly at the same speed it is supposed to get.

    Wireless G device does as well, however, Wireless G won't be able to gain speeds that the Wireless N device has.

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    This does not restrict anything. You may see a drop in connection speeds as you are connecting more than 1 device to the router(s) but as you are on 100MB package, I doubt you will have trouble.
     
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  6. drjaydee

    drjaydee What's a Dremel?

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    fantastic, i thought that it only worked in wireless-n when only wireless-n devices were connected, didn't realised they could both connect and get the maximum speed allowed by each device (n for n, g for g)

    makes it a lot easier :) cheers +rep
     
  7. phuzz

    phuzz This is a title

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    I find that the wireless on our Superhub is pretty rubbish, signle drops to 2 bars just one wall and 6 feet away.
    We've got an Xbox, one PC and a media server hanging off the superhub, and a cable going upstairs to an 8 port GB switch for everyone else. I picked up the GB hub for about £15 off ebay a few years ago, and I can get transfer speeds of about 50 Mb (bytes, not bits) to/from the media server, which is basically limited by the harddrive speeds. I'm pretty happy with that result :)
     

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