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Buying a WRT54GL for P2P traffic - good idea?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by zsero, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. zsero

    zsero Guest

    I have read many-many articles about that if I'd like to use heavy P2P like utorrent, I need to buy an EXPENSIVE router, like those in the $300+ range, else I will have freezes every day.

    Most of my information comes from this chart (click max connections):
    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,156/

    Although very good reviews, most of them test only factory firmware, so I can think a fireware can fix everything, but i've been told, that the problem for max sim. connections is with hardware, not firmware - there cannot be any fix, I have to buy the expensive hardware.

    Here comes hyperwrt where I always read that people are happy downloading, p2p-s, so on, on the same hardware, on which many review say it's impossible to do over 64 concurrent connections.

    Please can someone explain it? I don't understand that, if a router hardware can only handle 64 connection, how could I make a software that just works with over 100?

    And a quick question: on utorrent, which connection is the most critical: global, max per torrent, or max halfopen? And which is what the reviews call max simultaneous connections?
     
  2. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    if you're in the US, get a WRTSL54GS. otherwise, the GL will do.
    global is an important setting, it is the total number of connections it will be simultaneously connected to.
    max half-open is 8 by default, and setting more than that will kill a winxp/vista pc's browsing experience due to it being hobbled by ms, unless the EvID4664(maybe not right number) patch for the number of syn connections is increased.
     

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