Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N Dual Band Ethernet Converter

I was always a fan of the Linksys WET54G. It allows you to connect a wired client to a wireless network, acting as an ethernet bridge. For some time I have been thinking about getting an 802.11n version of the device.However whenever I looked it appeared that Linksys weren’t making one. Obviously I haven’t been looking enough as there are now quite a few 802.11n ethernet bridges now on the market. As well as the Linksys, there is a D-Link and I noticed that Buffalo make the Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N Dual Band Ethernet Converter. This looked like an ideal solution for under the TV. I have been using an ethernet cable however the “Little People” kept pulling the cable out so I have been thinking about a wireless solution. I didn’t want 802.11g as that (from experience) with the WET54G it was too slow for video.

The reason the Buffalo device appeals, is that it comes with four ethernet ports, which means I can connect four devices to the network.

I have ordered the Buffalo device and it should arrive next week.

802.11n EyeHome

I know some reading this may be thinking, yes, Elgato have released an 802.11n version of their (sadly discontinued) EyeHome media streamer.


Sadly no, though like others I hope one day Elgato do release a new EyeHome, though Apple have released the Apple TV, I think there is still a gap in the market for a revised EyeHome.

However onto what this blog post is about… My EyeHome with is non-wireless is connected to my wireless network via a Linksys WET54G which was connected to my 802.11g Airport Express wireless network.

Now I have been having problems with my Airport Express so streaming video has been difficult as it stutters a lot. Particularly I have been having issues with my EyeTV BBC digital (Freeview) recordings which seem to be of higher quality than other Freeview channels.

Today I connected a cat5e cable from my 802.11n Airport Extreme to the EyeHome, as my TV is one side of the room and the telephone point is on the other, I have had to get a long cable.

First tests have been very positive. My content is on my iMac which is in the office in another part of the house, this is linked wirelessly to the 802.11n Airport Extreme, but streaming video, including BBC recordings, has been nearly perfect. Compared to what was happening before this is so much better, much much better.

I am pleased, as up until now I have been forced to burn my EyeTV recordings to DVD before I could watch them on my TV.

Another reason why I am glad I upgraded my wireless network to 802.11n.

802.11n’ised WET54G

I am currently looking for a 802.11n version of the Linksys WET54G which I have been using with my EyeHome.

The Linksys WET54G is an ethernet wireless bridge, basically it enables you to connect (wired) etherent devices to a wireless network.

As you might guess from the name the WET54G is an 802.11g device which has been working okay in conjunction with my EyeHome. However the limitations of the 802.11g wireless network means that I have had some buffering issues with some video files.

I am hoping with an 802.11n network that I will solve these buffering issues and will be able to stream my EyeTV recordings (in the main BBC recordings) smoothly without stuttering.

The problem I have is that Linksys don’t (yet) make an 802.11n version of their WET54G. I am not sure which 802.11n devices do work with Apple’s implementation of 802.11n.

Another 802.11n Airport Extreme as a WDS node for me is not really a solution as WDS effectively halves the wireless bandwidth.

So if you have any suggestions leave me a comment with a recommendation.