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I have a robust Macbook Pro and a Netgear RangeMax Wireless-N 150 Router. I plan to have a headphone-only party: I will stream music over Wifi using Airfoil (or something).

Will this setup work? Do I need a better router? What other considerations am I missing, especially in terms of software, hardware, and networking?

For the sake of argument, let's say that there will be 40 smartphones at the party.

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For the sake of having some numbers, I'm going to guess high on everything you are going to see in this example.

Music stream, 256kbps x 40 = 10240 kbps or 10 Mbps

Assume that your wireless N router gives you 100 Mbps

You have 90Mbps for protocol overhead (should be plenty). However, what about the doofus that decides it's the right time to D/L updates on their smart phone? And of course everyone is going to be I/Ming and emailing from them. Then there's the guy that's trying to download the video from YouTube cuz it goes with the song. That's the type of stuff that will hamstring you.

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Should be fine. I'm unaware of any current technology (<3 years old) router/AP that chokes at less than 128 concurrent connections (understand yours COULD be the first ;) –  Everett Aug 9 '12 at 23:13
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overstock.com/Electronics/… –  Everett Aug 10 '12 at 0:13
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None whatsoever. I'd set one to be a bridge if you're running DHCP. –  Everett Aug 10 '12 at 1:14
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Epic fail. Seems that the computer that was streaming was the weak point, but even at 10 devices the stuttering was unbearable. –  Yar Aug 19 '12 at 15:36
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@Yar, thanks for schooling me. I hadn't anticipated the server would be that much of an issue. –  Everett Aug 19 '12 at 15:40
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