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Finding the right router...

We were referred to Cisco by LinkSys.

We have at least two XBox 360's in our home at any given time. That number has the potential to increase at times. We either need to pay for a Static IP or purchase a wireless-capable router that will let us handle multiple XBoxes, and computers. I need to know which model will work best for us, and I need to price to see which option--router, or static IP--will work best for us. The router needs to support UPnP forwarding we were told.

We will also be adding fax machine, etc. to our networked equipment in the future.

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Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: Finding the right router...

I would actually suggest you get a linksys wireless router for this :). If you have adsl get one with adsl interface, else get the ethernet sometime called broadband version.

It will do all the things you mentioned above.

These are easier to configure and more economical than cisco, that is for commercial or home/office use.

In contrast the cisco (your model would be an 85xW or 87xW), is more difficult to configure and can be frustrating for an home user that doesn't need any of cisco many many features.

This said if you have question, feel free to ask here!

hope this helps, please rate post if it does!

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Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: Finding the right router...

I would actually suggest you get a linksys wireless router for this :). If you have adsl get one with adsl interface, else get the ethernet sometime called broadband version.

It will do all the things you mentioned above.

These are easier to configure and more economical than cisco, that is for commercial or home/office use.

In contrast the cisco (your model would be an 85xW or 87xW), is more difficult to configure and can be frustrating for an home user that doesn't need any of cisco many many features.

This said if you have question, feel free to ask here!

hope this helps, please rate post if it does!

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Re: Finding the right router...

Thank you for your response. I appreciate your reference to the Cisco models, and the information you provided regarding Linksys versus Cisco, and the specificity of the Linksys model we would look for. It is very helpful information.

I do have some confusion regarding this, however. The engineers at Linksys stated that we could not manage more than two XBoxes using one of their routers. They suggested that we move up to a Cisco router to handle more XBoxes. We have a situation where we could have up to and sometimes more than 4 XBoxes coming out of our house. Writing this I am thinking we should probably upgrade our online service altogether. :-) This is the situation we are dealing with at this time regarding router choice, though.

Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: Finding the right router...

Hi and thanks for the nice rating,

The linksys engineers may have their reason to state what they said, to understand that please specify what do you mean with "manage" the xbox.

Do you mean network play in-house ?

online play on game servers ?

peer-to-peer online playing ?

In any case, I believe a linksys router would do it all, possibly with some additional configuration.

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Re: Finding the right router...

Sorry for the vague description.

We have a problem with having more than two XBoxes logged onto XBox Live at a time. Since our children have some very close gaming friends which get included with our "family" it means that we need to access XBox Live to include them in our games. So I guess the answer to that would be the last two options you listed, requiring online access. Newbie here, in case you hadn't figured that out. :D

Btw, we currently have the Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster, Model #WRT54GS ver. 6, and it will not let even two XBoxes into XBox Live at the same time... We are looking for a new router, which is how this all came up in the first place. If you could provide specific Linksys router info, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Finding the right router...

It sounds to me as though the issue is related to NAT. The most effective way to avoid NAT complications, in my opinion, is to increase the pool of external IP addresses that you receive from your ISP. Once there are more addresses available, the XBox connections would be coming from different IP addresses, and would essentially be independent of each other as far as the Internet is concerned, yet local to each other on your internal network. I'm not sure that any router or firewall would resolve the issue without more IP addresses available to you. However, with the additional addresses available, you may not need a different router (I'll defer to people more familiar with the Linksys' functionality for that).

George

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Re: Finding the right router...

Thank you for that information, George. You are right that our NAT is at the heart of the problem. The support/engineers at Linksys told us that the problem could be solved either by changing to a static IP through our provider (they don't offer that service), or acquiring a router which would be able to handle the multiple machines--specifically a Cisco rather than Linksys router. Rather than change our service, and pay more for that service, we opted to search out a new router which would handle the multiple machines.

Unfortunately, we are just civilians in this area, and the Cisco site is set up for professionals who know all the equipment and what is needed. I entered this forum to receive the advice of those of you who do know this information so very well. I appreciate your advice and the information you have provided.

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Re: Finding the right router...

I assume you are trying to login to the same XBox Live account ? Are you sure it's not due to XBox Live only allowing one simultaneous login per account ? I know for sure that MSN Messenger, at least, will only allow 1 active login per account, logging off any other active messenger sessions with the same account name.

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Re: Finding the right router...

No. We all have separate XBox Live accounts. We all have separate accounts and the conflict rests not in the accounts but in the number of XBoxes we are trying to run through our IP address. We are trying to find a router that will let us have more than two XBox 360's run through our IP without finding a provider that will charge more for a static IP.

Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: Finding the right router...

Hi,

both George and the other fellow have given here tow sensible answers for the problem you have with multiple xboxes, in factI believe you can't be sure that a new router alone would solve them.

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Re: Finding the right router...

I am beginning to get that impression. I am learning from the comments. I appreciate everyone's advice and assistance. Thank you.

Hall of Fame Super Gold

Re: Finding the right router...

Try to find out for sure that game from multiple xboxes from the same IP is allowed - as you use two separate logins there should be nothing wrong with that, or if you learn, e.g. from gaming forums, that a special router setting needs to be done (port forward), it can be done on your linksys.

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