All SB devices operate in the 2.4Ghz (IEEE 802.11g) band which, in many locations, is heavily polluted. Best case with 802.11g, youÂll see about 22 Mbit/s average throughput, but interference from other sources can cause constant resending of packets to replace corrupted or lost data, substantially reducing this data rate to your SB device, maybe as much as half or more. Additionally, increasing distance between antennas reduces the throughput, too. I'm not discounting your results as well as others with the same results, but my results were different. Most likely because I have few neighbors and I set my wireless router up on a channel that no one else in range was using. If you run DD-WRT on your wireless router, among its other unique features, you can pick any available channel, not just the few North America channels available with the factory firmware. Anyway, in my case I had to make it work since my PC is on the other side of the house and a permanent Ethernet cable run would be darn near impossible.
Because of the distance, I conducted my test using a 100Â CAT5e patch cable borrowed from work. I wanted to run the test because I had wondered about the differences if any, myself. Yes, I returned the cable!
Also, in order to get great WLAN performance to my listening room, I didnÂt just plunk in a wireless router and turn it on. I had to jump through a few hoops. I configured my WLAN using a Buffalo Air Station with the high power radio chip, loaded it with DD-WRT firmware, installed a hi-gain directional antenna on the wall, picked a clear channel, and then turned up the output power slightly through the DD-WRT firmware.
Anyway, like you, I really enjoy the Transporter and it ainÂt going anywhere anytime soon! Just using the TransporterÂ s analog outputs, it bet the snot out of my old Mark Levinson No. 36 DAC not matter what transport was used with it. BTW, if you havenÂt already, check out http://forums.slimdevices.com/.