Wireless AC 5Ghz router in place.
de Jay -- W0AVE
And just FYI on my setup. My 6500 is connected to a Gigabit Switch, which then connects to another Gigabit switch in which the 2 AP's (ceiling mounted - 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs) and the SAN Devices are connected to.
I concur with the above wired gigabit suggestions. The constant data rate can be quite high.
Wireless is, by design, half duplex. It there is any heavy traffic then jitter (delays) may become significant. Wired Gigabit is both faster and full duplex. The next step would be fiber which is both electrically isolated and keeps that nasty whole house network EMI away from your shack, except for some short cables which can be filtered.
The folks at Flex Radio will have a big conundrum to deal with when attempting to move to remote client connections outside the bandwidth rich environment of the home LAN. The average cable modem connection only provides 10-20 MB of bandwidth (first hop.)
Each one of us, I'm sure, stream HD movies over our internet connection with good/great results. The 'high' bandwidth requirements of a HD movie streamed with good fidelity doesn't seem to stress most folks internet connection sufficiently. Companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime have built their empires on less client bandwidth requirements. Therefore, even within the realm of a 100 MB LAN (wireless or wired) environment, its hard for me to believe that the Flex 6000 series would generate enough traffic to cause the network to become saturated....unless there is no compression CODEC used or the stream is wildly inefficient.
I currently use a Linksys EA6900 router (Wireless AC running on an 80 Mhz Channel Width in the 5GHz band with no neighbor SID's broadcasting). It has a Gigabit backplane and 4 Gigabit switched ports. Luckily, I also have Fiber direct to the house. My internet throughput speed is throttled somewhere between 50-100MB (first hop).
Has anyone utilized some real network analytics tools which substantiate and/or quantify the high Flex 6000 network utilization as claimed here? I would love to see the numbers.
Ken - NM9P's idea of running a Cat 6 from the Shack to the router sounds like the smart tact, causing fewest headaches.