King Of Prussia, PA
M1424WR Router for PS3 and XBox 360 - " N " or " G " ?
Greetings. First time post here. I need help in getting a better understanding of the setup at my house, especially when it comes to WIFI for my kid's Xbox 360 and PS3.
First off, I have FIOS 35/35 using the M1424WR wireless router ( sticker says firmware 22.214.171.124 , REV F ) attached to my computer and supplying the entire house with wireless connectivity, mainly both the Xbox and PS3. I am currently very satisfy with the speed that I am getting ( tested at 35-40 download ) with my main computer and less but very decent with the XBOX and PS3. I just want to make sure that I am not missing anything. I just simply want the best possible connection. Here are my questions.....
1- How do I know what band my M1424WR is transmitting in? Is it " G " or " N "? This thought came about because I am assuming the " N " is better. Is it always in dual mode? ( My built-in XBox wifi is showing " G " in the settings for its connection ).
2- If I hard wire both items from the router, will the performance be the best regardless if it is on G or N?
3- The locations of both the Xbox and PS3 have the standard Verizon Fios TV box, can I buy a 3rd party Wifi router and split with the Fios coax cable?
4- Should I investigate other methods such as port forwarding? Will that be more beneficial ? Currently, all the system's connectivity were set up through its standard/automated process.
Any comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
PS- We also have a Nintendo WII. I've also tried to logged into the modem through 126.96.36.199 bla bla , but my password seems to slip into 3 characters when I have only entered one. So no access. Separate issue I need to call Verizon on.
Re: M1424WR Router for PS3 and XBox 360 - " N " or &qu
By default the MI424WR is set in B/G/N mode for the most compatibility for devices. It's version of "N" is hardly better than "G" because it's only a single spatial stream @ 20 MHz so it maxes out 65 mbps theoretically. Real world results will be slower and depend on your environment. You can manually change it's settings inside the router for it to work in a specific mode but all your wireless devices need to be able to support that mode.
Hard wiring your devices will always give you the best performance. It won't matter what the wireless is if you're hard wired in. For stationary devices a wired connection is best and preferred if possible. You'll always get your full speeds and network throughput from wired unlike wireless. Wireless is best for portability and mobile devices that are not practical to wire in or if you can't hard wire a device.
There arn't any 3rd party routers that support MoCA (coax) connections. There are dedicated MoCA devices but they are expensive. The best thing to do if wiring your Xbox/PS3 by ethernet isn't possible, is to buy a used MI424WR from eBay and configure it as a MoCA bridge. Here's the FAQ to follow for setting that up: »Verizon Online FiOS FAQ »Can I get an ethernet connection in a room with only coax?
Port forwarding isn't going to help your speeds. When it comes to port forwarding, it either works or it doesn't. If UPnP set up the port forwards automatically and everything connects then it's working properly. Setting them up manually only helps if it's not working automatically.
As far as your issue with entering the password into the Actiontec, it's normal for more characters to appear as you type - just keep typing it in. It's a security feature so if someone was watching your screen they wouldn't know how long your password is.