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Old 03-11-2009, 07:32 PM
 
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Ok, I'm paying out the rear for Comcast broadband so I'm doing some hardware upgrades to get what I'm paying for. I just replaced my 7 year old cable modem with a Linksys CM100, speed tests went from 6 down 2 up to 21 down 6 up (that's hardwire, not wireless). On to the wireless; my current router, a WRT54G Using DD-WRT apparently isn't up to the task, I get 6 down and 6 up on wireless (I've tweaked and tuned it and the laptop and managed to get 11 down and 6 up), I have a Netgear WGR614, get the same speeds with it. I borrowed a WRT54G2 from work and get 21 down, 6 up with it, but... this router is too dumbed down, no static DHCP among other things. So I need recommendations for a current wireless router that isn't designed for the average idiot, what do you guys use?

[edit] By the way, network consists of a 5 port switch, NAS, a VOIP router, printer, 1 desktop, 2 wireless laptops, and a Slingbox, if your wondering.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:15 PM
 
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Just wondering... What kinda budget you workin with here?
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:15 AM
 
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I'd like to keep it under $150
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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Since you are running DD-WRT I suspect you won't be happy running anything else, so I'd start with a list of routers that are supported by DD-WRT.

Wireless will have less throughput than wired, due to the latencies of the CSMA/CA protocol. Have you monitored the throughput of your router, also a DD-WRT feature. Have you increased the buffer size?

I would also recommend posting your question on the DD-WRT forum, there are some very knowledgeable people that can really tweak performance there.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:01 PM
 
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Wireless will have less throughput than wired, due to the latencies of the CSMA/CA protocol.
To a point, but getting 12Mb down with one router and 21Mb down with another tells me the issue is either the DD-WRT firmware or the router hardware. The WRT54G2 gave me 21 down with the crappy linksys firmware, I flashed it to DD-WRT and immediatly lost 6Mb, so staying with DD-WRT is not a neccesity, as it still seems to have issues. I just want a decent router with decent config options.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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Have you compared copying files from PC to PC, wired and wireless?

I running DD-WRT on a Buffalo WHR-HP-G54, and wireless copy is about 28Mbs, wired about 69Mbs.

Copied 60MB file, running 802.11g only, 4 wireless devices currently on network, WPA2 encryption, 100Meg wired. Looking at networking in Task Manager, network utilization goes to 85% wired copy, 25% wireless copy.
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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No, as I do no PC to PC copying, my internal wired network is not the subject of my post, wireless connection speed is the issue. I'm using 3 different speed test sites, all give the same results with all 3 routers. Wired download speed is constant at 21000kbps with all 3 routers, wireless varies depending on the router and the firmware. I'm not here to troubleshoot the problem, I already know what the problem is, My Op was to get router recommendations from real use, the 2 routers I have are rather old, and the one I borrowed from work (which provides the transfer rates I should be seeing) is cheap and has firmware that looks like it was designed by FisherPrice.
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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Sorry I tried to help, stumble on...........
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:27 PM
 
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Sorry I tried to help, stumble on...........
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