Logitech Transporter FYI

I am posting this info up as an FYI for those who own this device after a recent discovery I found while testing the various connection methods offered by the device.

I have owned the Transporter for about a year and have been very happy with its SQ capabilities while exclusively using it's WLAN connection option to feed my BelCanto DAC3. I have never used the internal DAC of the Transporter.

Anyway, I recently decided to try the CAT5 Lan connection on the Transporter instead of the wireless G interface and was floored by the difference in SQ between the two connections. Up until now I have never tried this hard wired method of connectivity mainly because I didn't imagine it would make much of a difference, especially since I did perform bandwidth testing on the Wireless link between my router and the Transporter and found no signs of bandwidth issues over the Wireless G connection. Despite not having any issues previously it was hard to deny the far better SQ I experienced while using the hard wired connection.

After going back and re-listening to several albums that I know very well I found that bass output now plays with much more authority and appears to reach lower octaves then it did before. In terms of soundstage, everything seems to have more meat to it (ie..more 3 dimensional) while also extending further outside the boundaries of the speaker then it used to.

In summary, if you haven't tried the hard wired connection of your Logitech device please do yourself a favor and give it a go. I understand this may be old news to some folks but it's new news to me and figured if there were any other folks out there like myself who live under a rock it would be worth mentioning these findings.

Feel free to add your experiences with the various connection methods here as well
I completely concur with your observations. I've tried this with my old Modwright Transporter, as well as my current SB Touch and the improvement is immediate and not subtle in both cases. My own knee jerk initial reaction was that everything sounded richer and more fleshed out. It's definitely a good tip to getting the most out of your SB device.
I'll add my "I agree" to that too. I own a heavily modded SB3 and the wired connection sounds much better to me also.
I've never tried the wireless, but it's good to know I didn't waste my time routing Cat5e across the room.
This is true and only true is your WLAN is grossly overloaded or your Transporter suffers from a weak signal or interference from your neighbors' WLAN that may be on the same channel as your WLAN. Countless other 2.4Mhz devices such as cordless phones, garage door openers as well as bandwidth polluters such as microwave ovens can wreak havoc on your WLAN as well.

From my experience with my Transporter, going wireless to wired and back, I hear no discernable differences. But then again, I made sure that I'm not on the same channel as any of my neighbors and I'm using a directional antenna on my wireless router, which yields a solid 86 signal at my Transporter.

I don't doubt that you hear differences in your wired vs wireless setup; however, those differences probably have more to do with your WLAN environment than anything else.
I don't doubt that you hear differences in your wired vs wireless setup; however, those differences probably have more to do with your WLAN environment than anything else.

In my case at least two of my comparisons were done with a 98% signal strength. Dual-band routers have the option to operate at 5ghz and avoid conflicts with other devices. I obviously cannot speak for the OP. All I can say is that differences were unmistakable. As far as the WLAN network; my understanding with streaming, and please correct me if I'm wrong, is that it either delivers the information or it does not. 2.4ghz interference issues and signal strength issues might result in dropouts, but I've never heard it blamed for SQ issues. I've also had three or four different friends using SB devices have the same finding (that ethernet yields better SQ) independent of my saying so.
All SB devices operate in the 2.4Ghz (IEEE 802.11g) band which, in many locations, is heavily polluted. Best case with 802.11g, you’ll 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 100’ 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 didn’t 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 ain’t going anywhere anytime soon! Just using the Transporter’ 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 haven’t already, check out http://forums.slimdevices.com/.
Well it’s good to know that others have had similar results going hard wired with the SB devices.

As far as wireless signal strength goes, the worst I ever received between the router and Transporter on any given day was 97% since my router sits only a few feet above the transporter itself. My PC that hosts the SB Server software is using a hard wired connection to one of the ports on the same wireless router. The music files sit on a GB capable NAS device that is also hardwired to the same wireless router.

Now to take this conversation down into the weeds a bit I will add some detailed info below which I logged while doing my own testing of the bandwidth usage of the wireless connection between the Transporter and my Wireless Router in my home. These numbers should be taken with a grain of salt as I was not using enterprise class hardware which typically offer SNMP trapping/logging capabilities that are much more accurate.

So I did a series of traffic analysis tests on the wireless links between the router and the transporter one day when I was in one of those nerdy moods. During the tests I used the same source file each time which, in this case, was Track 1 from Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy CD that was ripped with compression set to "0" into a .FLAC file using DBPowerAmp. The total size of the song is roughly 44.5mb in this format.

During the test, the highest observed chunk of data that was transmitted within the 1min intervals that I was using to capture packets was 13mb (mega bytes). When I divide this number by 60 sec it shows that roughly 221kb (kilo bytes) of data was being transmitted, per sec, during this particular 1 minute logging interval.

Now based on the Wireless G adapter that is included with the Transporter it should be capable of ingesting a max of 54Mbps (Megabits per second). This number equates to roughly 6.75mb (mega bytes) of data per sec.

So based on these numbers I was never even close to taxing the bandwidth capabilities of the wireless link, even if I take into account the fact that I was connected at less then 100% signal strength (97% in my case).

In my mind these numbers were believable enough to rule out any bandwidth related issues that would result in the loss of SQ that I was hearing.

So if I rule out bandwidth as the cause of the loss of SQ then this leads me to think it is more the result of airborne interferences such as EMI/RFI/Microwave or similar as eluded to by “Forrestc” in the post above. While I can't fully buy into the idea that changing the Wireless Channel will help bring back the lost SQ it certainly can't hurt and I will give it a try.

I guess unless their is a standard implemented for which devices can operate on which channels and at which frequency that offers complete isolation this will be a tuff problem to get around.

Interesting stuff either way ..Thanks for the responses and feel free to add any more info
When you use CAT5, do you have a balun on each end? I'm quite satisfied with this method.