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  1. Hello fellows, anybody tried the new netgear switch (Nighthawk S8000) and router Nighthawk S8000? There is a lot on the net in regards to low latency and gaming performance so I was wondering if they do give a benefit. Any different in sound / picture quality when streaming? Please share your experience. kind regards Panos
  2. Hi all, I'm upgrading a home network to send music and video to different rooms but am confused; I'm definitely not experienced at networking! We have a small house with 3 (maybe 4 later) rooms where we *want* to watch video or listen to music. Now we only have one attached to our home network, and wirelessly at that. I know that wired is much more reliable, secure, and fast. Right now I have high speed cable broadband. The signal is split, one coax leg going to a good DVR, and the other to a new Motorola SB6141 cable modem and directly from there to a Linksys WRT54GL wireless router/4-port switch. I am about to connect my Mac Mini (late 2012) and the main audio system, which it now feeds, via CAT6A ethernet cable in place of the current, slow, wireless VNC connection. I'm also about to run 6A ethernet to the other rooms so that video and audio can be accessed. I'm only now learning to set up a home network. I have an AppleTV that I still haven't installed for the main system, and will probably get another one or two for AV sources in other rooms. All of our cables, modem, and router are located together in one small office next to the family room with the main HT-and-hotshot-audio system. Note, there is only my wife and me in a small house. I *do* want to stream HD video and Hi-rez audio to at least 3 different systems in 3 separate rooms. I have no problem with the AV components *past* the network, well except for the AppleTV which I learning to use, I designed lots of audio gear. My main question now is how I should set up the main internet connection; the advice I've heard is confusing. In a thread quite a while back, ever-helpful Eloise said in: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f22-networking-networked-audio-and-streaming/whole-house-wired-network-8547/ " Additional router thoughts... Not sure if you were already thinking this... But I would use the router purely as a router (for Internet connection). All wired Ethernet should go to a separate switch. And (optional but advised) get a separate wireless access point for your wireless connection(s). Eloise" So, what should attach to the cable modem? Should that be a good *wired-only* router with say, 8 GigE outputs and a high-capacity backplane, or would a very good wireless router with the same 8 GigE ports do the job? And what about other switches or WAPs downstream? If I get an Airport Extreme as the router attached to the cable modem, should I NOT use its wireless section, but add another wireless router/WAP downstream? We only need one wireless zone in the house, it is small enough for that. All my music is now on a HD attached to my Mac Mini and I use iTunes. (Um, just learning to do that!) Questions, questions, sorry! I'm willing to spend some coin for good networking equipment but am not sure how to arrange it. Thanks for any help!
  3. Hi, I’m a newbie on CA and this is my first post, and it's a long winded one. I’m about to update my home network backbone and looking for advice. Thanks for taking the time to read and even better if you can help. I’ve taken quite a bit of time to search for answers here and google without much luck (as it pertains to home network backbone structures). I'm hoping I haven't overlooked anything obvious - I can find info on downstream switch/hub setup, but not so much on the backbone. My home network has evolved over the past 10 years starting with basic internet/network, a 24 Port 10/100 Switch, Crestron Automation (mechanical), extensive conduit and CAT5e cable drops during renos (have 6 hardwired connections spaced around my office), NAS, ATV and 10 zones of Sonos etc. Then we added (bridged) another 24 Port 10/100/1000 Switch and more Crestron integration including digital automation controllers/wireless bridges and POE and other unmanaged remote switches. We’ve recently added 2 HDHomerun’s with dual tuners and NAS for DVR. Everything works… usually. I’m having some issues with the current setup from broadcast storms and network/internet freeze/drops. I can produce a broadcast storm by adding another Sonos ZP90 to Ethernet, it works fine with wireless. I’ve had comments from a young networking guy who suggests that the bridging of the 2 switches and too many tight turning and exposed wire ends in the patch panel causing x-talk. Could be one of these devices is starting to fail. My internet connection seems to disconnect several times a day – it’s getting to be a PITA for Roon use. My current setup includes a Motorola Surfboard SBG6580 Cable Modem (Cableco issued in bridge mode, less than 2 yrs old) > Netgear N600 Router (less than 2 yrs old) > Patch Panel > 2 switches – a 24 port 10/100 Dlink DES-1024D and a Netgear GS724T 24 Port Gig Smart Switch. Extensive Cat5e cable throughout the house and conduit to most rooms. I use 2 Airport Express WAP’s wired to the network and 4 other 5-8 port switch hubs scattered in the house. A 16TB FreeNAS Mini serving audio to 10 Sonos zones and a couple Roon end points. 2 other small backup NAS’s - one is used for recording OTA HDTV broadcasts and serving to Smart TV’s etc. Also streaming Netflix, Video, Spotify & Tidal to HT, ATV4, several smart TV’s and a dedicated listening room. 1 PC workstation, several laptops, tablets and smartphones. No VoIP. I’ve been recommended to upgrade to a single 48 Port Managed PoE layer 2 switch. Some of the Crestron gear is using PoE inserters and maybe upgrading to PoE WAPs. I’ve read about the benefits of Managed Switches & VLANs, but there seems to be some conflicting info on PoE implementation. I’ve seen recommendations for everything from Netgear Prosafe to Cisco Catalyst Layer 3 switches. I’m currently leaning toward Ubiquiti simply because our user experience at work with their gear & UI has been user friendly and bulletproof. A Cisco Catalyst 48P with PoE seems very expensive by comparison. But I expect to get 10+ years trouble free service from it so I don’t want to cut corners just to save $$. I have too much invested in the system to experiment and it’s going to be a big job rewiring the network closet. I’m interested in any advice regarding the modem, router, switch, WAPs, where to use PoE and power supply suggestions. Thanks for reading. Rod
  4. It took me months to discover the cause of network instability which was making my AVR unusable. Members of this group tried to help, and those of another forum too. Finally, Marantz told me to move my router away from my TV box, even though it was the AVR which appeared to have the problem. With several metres between the router and both the TV box and the AVR, all was sweetness and light. From a network which fell over every day and took the AVR's network settings down with it to a perfectly behaved system. I'm sharing this because I haven't seen anything written on this, so if you're having a stability problem, here's a possible cause. Louise
  5. Hi tweak fans! Perhaps a little on the madness side, but then tweaking HiFi seems to permit any stone to be turned. Having heard some differences with my streaming music via an 8 port switch with different PSUs and also direct into my broadband router (Sky UK SR102), I wondered whether the on-board PSU was good or not. I found a video on YouTube where a guy was modding his router to gain more WiFi signal from external antennas and also my screening what he claimed was a noisy onboard SMPS. See below for the unit. This is a modular PSU with the mainboard connection on the left side. Its is a 6x2 DIL PCB pin connector and conveniently its 6 Pins of 5V and 6 pins of 0V. So I thought I would do some tests.. I removed the mainboard as you see below and made a basic connection to a screened USB cable with the end removed. The other end is connected to an Apple iPad 10W charger. I read on another forum some detailed USB PSU reviews and the Apple models (iPhone and iPad) did very well for noise and accuracy. I did quite a few A/B tests with the mains PSU and the USB source.. The differences were quite subtle, but the external power was a little more natural, slightly wider in soundstage and richer overall.. (I do not really know how to describe this without tipping into superlatives). I am critical in terms of wanting to hear a major difference with a change.. Otherwise I really think 'is it worth it'. Cost wise this is very low.. some of my time and a spare cable and spare Apple charger (I will experiment with others). You can see below I pinched the groups of pins together and soldered my connections. Note +V is on the left in RED. While I was at it, I removed the crappy looking antennas and cables to the mainboard. I use this as a modem, DHCP server and ethernet switch, but not WiFi so thought I might clean it up my removing the Antennas. I then re-assembled the router and added some cable ties to secure the USB cable. It is now taken through the old mains socket (figure 8). Actually very simple and a definite upgrade.. Would I say it was night and day.. no.. But then I assume like many tweaks - they are increments of 10% that sum to a greater part. The PSU and crap antenna's are now spares Happy to answer any questions or provide more insights as to what I did. Simon
  6. This post is my attempt to combine a number of questions/concerns about how to get the best sound out of networked audio--without spending a fortune 'buying and trying'. I'm running Roon core on my desktop PC, pulling files from a NAS, feeding 4 zones. My internet is 150G Xfinity, and I live in a house by myself. I don't expect to get a concensus on all of this, but would love to hear what's worked (or failed miserably) for people, and what some of the real theory behind these things might be. It will become clear that I am not an EE or a network engineer, so forgive me in advance if some of these questions are naive/wrong-headed, but it is useful to understand how I may be relying on an incorrect picture/model of how these things work. I also believe that the stuff in the basic textbooks is not always the whole truth either. Here goes, in no particular order: 1.Switches, beside # of ports, and managed/unmanaged, what matters for performance? 2. I've built but not yet tried some of the JS grounding adaptors, but also have a few metal-cased switches that have grounding screws. Should I connect their grounds as well? Should I do this for every wallwart powered network device in the whole network? 3. I have an ASUS AC88U router with a built-in 8 port switch- will it matter whether I use all 8 ports, feeding other switches as necessary, or should I offload the switching functions from the router as much as possible? Is it good/bad/neutral to have data/music flow through mutiple switches, vs a more direct path? 4. Ethernet cables: Is anything above CAT6 enough? Shielded vs. unshielded? Proximity to other cables - AC, e.g.? 5. Will LPS's work better than SMPS, for all of the networking hardware? That's it for now. Thanks in advance for your replies. Mark
  7. Got a tip from Bricasti the other day to try some vibration control under a router. He used Still Points - I'm a Nordost user (TC Sort Kones ) so I gave it a try. I never really thought about that but now that he mentioned it I needed to try it out. So I put three of them under my router and boy did it make a difference! I would also say that streaming Tidal had the most impact but even tracks that are stored locally on a NAS sounded better. What was better? Imaging, tightness of the bass and placement of instruments were all more solid. Also the little nuisances were just more engaging. Give it a try its quick and hear for yourself.
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