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pestka 03-15-2013 03:04 PM

Better routers

I'm not a router guru, happy E2000 owner. I've once set up a game server as I thought I'll make use of some of my bandwidth. When I reached 100 players I realised that the game is getting laggy but I haven't reached the bandwidth limits of my provider. I've checked the network usage and noticed that to get to the bandwidth section of the ddwrt interface takes a noticeable amount of time.

I reckon that the CPU usage was high and probably the router - having provided 100 users simultaneously - lost its power.

Are there any, say medium price routers, which I could buy and at the same time serve more people?

Thanks very much for expressing your ideas here in this thread and giving me helpful pieces of advice on how to brush up my home router (or alternatively what I could buy to get better performance).


Emerson 03-15-2013 05:30 PM

Get a low power PC. Atom will do. Run pfSense. No hard drive required.

suicidaleggroll 03-15-2013 07:01 PM

The ASUS RT-N16 is pretty powerful little router for a decent price. OS-compatible, I run toastman on mine.

jefro 03-15-2013 07:09 PM

I think I looked at an ASUS router. The claim was that it could run alternate OS. The claim on it also was one of the faster processors. Not sure I'd consider any software based router if you want pure speed. The faster devices are all made for businesses. Some of them might be as low as $150.

No one ever seems to get the speed they sell.

Can also look at blocking all un-needed traffic.

pestka 03-18-2013 03:24 AM

@emerson: Thanks for your great pieces of advice. I learnt a bit from you guys.
What if I said I would like it to handle 200/200 max?

@suicidaleggroll - I reckon N16 will handle up to 140mbps (I read it here) although I haven't specified speed in my question.

@jefro - I think this product (RT-N56U) may fit my needs. They promise 1000Mb throughput; what do you think?

suicidaleggroll 03-18-2013 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by pestka (Post 4913707)
@suicidaleggroll - I reckon N16 will handle up to 140mbps (I read it here) although I haven't specified speed in my question.

They're talking about WAN, not LAN. What kind of bandwidth do you have from your provider? LAN speeds are pretty close to 1Gb with that router, but since I only have about 15Mb from my ISP, I have no idea what that router's upper limits are on WAN.

jefro 03-18-2013 02:19 PM

I usually search for reports. High number of reports from (claimed) users helps. Also looking at notes in them helps.

See these. Seems to be a popular choice.

As above, no about of local router/switch speed can fix poor ISP/modem.

pestka 03-28-2013 08:24 AM

@suicidaleggroll - I have got 60/30, will have 100/100 in a week or so. This is why I would like to keep the router unlagged if a traffic like 5MB/5MB will occur.

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