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    Question What kind of router for streaming video ?

    need a new router and would want one for streaming video, is there a certain thing I should be looking out for when buying ?

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    From where?

    Server/NAS --> HTPC/Desktop presumably? Or direct from the internet, i.e. iPlayer/YouTube?

    And what kind of video are we talking? Standard .avi stuff or 1080p .mkv files?

    Ethernet or wireless?

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    If your after a router for streaming video, then the best thing to look for is a router with features like the one I have at the moment.

    My Router has a USB port on the back of it labelled as "Storage link" and if I connect my HDD full of media to it, it distributes the media files to various players around the house via the DLNA server built in.

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    you shouldn't need a special router for streaming video. Streaming over wireless can be very hit or miss. Some make it work, others can't do it reliably no matter what they do.

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    I know a few members dislike the DLink stuff, but ive never had a problem with mine.

    My setup is.

    Virgin modem--DLink DIR 615--WIRED-MY PC
    --WIRED-MEDIA PC #1/SERVER
    --WIRELESS-MEDIA PC#2

    Media gets streamed from MEDIA PC#1 to my PC via wire, also to MEDIA PC #2 over wireless, MEDIA PC#2 runs THIS

    Have 0 problems streaming 1080p files .

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    I just have a drobo

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    As in the original Drobo?

    That means you either need a router with a USB port like Lee suggested, or you have the PC it's connected to left on to stream to other clients.

    An actual NAS (a Drobo isn't a NAS unless you get the new Drobo FS) it's just a very clever external drive cage.


    (btw, i would recommend putting a bit more detail in your posts as well, it would mean we could help you better)

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    I have the drobo v2 which has a firewire 800 port. is there such thing as a router that I can connect to my drobo via USB or even firewire, and then stream the video to my WD HD Live player which has a Ethernet port ?

    I really dont want to go down the PC route as I have a high powered gaming PC which will cost loads to run.

    So in short words I have a drobo with all my movies on the hard drives, how can I watch then around my house ? I am willing to just be able to watch the movies in the same room as the drobo and not have to stream around the house if its to much trouble

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    Yeah, that's what Lee was saying in post 3.

    Get a router that supports USB hard drives and media streaming, job done.

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    Seems a router with storage USB link would be a good idea. My only worry is that it wont be able to read all my data from the drobo as its not exactly your bog standard external hard drive

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    Re: What kind of router for streaming video ?

    But that's kind of the point in the Drobo, as far as the host is concerned it is a regular USB drive. It's what the Drobo does internally that makes it special

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