Recommendations When Purchasing A Router?
(Mostly just asking so folks who happen to find this thread in the future get all the info they need.)
A few things that are important :
- Make sure that you buy a Router that can do both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Arduino stuff mainly can't do 5Ghz at times..
- Buy a Router with a Gigabit switch. If you ever wish to connect your network to let's say a motioncapture set, then you need a Gigabit switch for fast data transfer. (Heavy OSC.. Hehehe)
- Buy a router that has a great interface. Most of the time you need to use it when you are setting up your network. For example, you wish to give a static IP to your showcomputer so you are sure that when you unplug everthing and set it up at the next venue that it is just a matter of connecting the cables.
- If you use the router only for performance work then create a network (hidden) with a simple password so that you can connect your devices on the fly.
- HIDE YOUR NETWORK.. We don't want to broadcast something like 'Performance' as our SSID
Personally I have a Netgear NIGHTHAWK
Thanks for the info! Its great to collect all of this information in one place for forum users.
For the sake of my own knowledge, and the benefit of future forum-users who run across this thread:
Further research has me asking the question, "Active or Passive POE?"
Anyone care to shed light on this? Active looks to be more common, so that is what I am leaning towards.
I would love to know the make and model #'s of the routers that you mention if you have the time to check at some point.
The thing with POE (Power over Ethernet) is that not a lot of devices support it. Personally I'm more for a switch that can deliver POE and just connect a Ethernet cable from my router to it.
Also I don't know a lot of routers that actually support 'POE' out of the box..
I have a Nighthawk R7000 btw and a few smaller ones that I use in installations. (40 bucks TPLINK)
I suppose I'm talking both switches (more common to have POE) and routers at this point
I am just asking the question how POE would be useful for an Isadora installation? My only experience with POE is as an end user of a corporate telephone system. Other than that, I believe some video extenders and IOT systems use POE. Could it be useful for running micro controllers such as Arduino’s? Is it something that is going to become more common or needed?
Hi there Bonemap,
I use a POE Switch for powering my motion capture camera's (https://optitrack.com/) and I have to say that in the industry I see a lot of small devices that can actually use POE (Camera's, Artnet Receivers, etc).
Ofcourse you can attach an arduino to a POE if you want too, the thing is that you need to make sure how much power is actually being send to your arduino, and convert it if necassary.
Ah OK, so these are specific purpose cameras that work in an array? I guess surveillance style systems would also use POE. I don’t see a lot of gear like that. But I can imagine it would be very useful to have plug and play networked devices with POE.
Thanks for your insight.
Exactly. Systems like surveillance camera's also use it. Basically most small networked devices have a version that is POE enabled.