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cannot exceed 8mb per sec internet connection

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by blarghe, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. blarghe

    blarghe Network Guru Member

    I have a 16 mb internet connection and I get 16-18mb directly connected to my modem. When I connect to the router wired or wireless I cannot exceed 8mb. I have tried the latest firmware 4.20.7 and the HyperWRT 2.1b1 with no change.

    My router is a WRT54G ver.2
  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Unfortunately I don't really have any suggestions. My tests have shown that the WRT54GS v2 is capable of at least 13.5Mbps on the WAN port. (I realize it's a different router but I would expect performance to be the same.)

    Read more here

    Good luck.
  3. blarghe

    blarghe Network Guru Member

    even only getting 13.5 mb seems slow to me when the wireless supports 54mbps(WRT54G) 108mbps(wrt54gs) and 100mbps wired.
  4. Dowunda

    Dowunda Network Guru Member

    I remember once seeing a firmware on the net claiming the support of over 10Mbps connection. You actually set your router as the speed of your connection.

    May be someone would help with that but because I do not need it I did not make a note of. btw, they even sell the routers preconfigured too.

    Hope this will help....

  5. Xenomorph

    Xenomorph Network Guru Member

    the 54 mbps, 108mbps and 100 mbps speeds are just simple network connections (at layer 2 and 3 i think). the header of each data packet is checked and the data is sent on through.

    the 13.5mbps is the routed speed. each packet is checked, QoS'd, (and whatever else the router does), ... etc (layer 4 i think). each little packet is identified, redirected, etc. it does more work with that data. it uses more CPU, more ram, etc. it can only "route" so much data at once. (lots of "etc" in what it does)

    i think my old Netgear RT314 can connect a 10/100mbps network, but it only handles 7 mbps max through the internet connection or something.

    i dont know what the WRT54G series can route - but there is a reason for the expensive routers out there. people pay hundreds for a router to make sure its able to route 10s, 100s, 1000s of mb a second. the WRT54G only being able to handle 13mbps wouldnt surpise me.
  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Read the review of the WRT54G on tomsnetworking: http://www.tomsnetworking.com/Reviews-39-ProdID-WRT54G.php

    Connection speed is not throughput. The TCP RWIN size can be a limiting factor on actual throughput. A 15Mbs connection on the internet will not give you 15Mbs download speeds, you will typically get 80% of your connection speed. The WAN connection iwas measured at about 19 to 20 Mbs on the WRT54G. Even a wired connection does give its connection speed a Netgear gigabit router gives only about 70% of its connection speed.
  7. DallasFlier

    DallasFlier Network Guru Member

    Look at the facts here. The WRT54G was introduced I believe in late 2002. At that point, 768K DSL was all the rage, and a FEW had connections as fast as 1.5Mb, although that was a more expensive premium tier. Today, DSL goes up to 3-4 Mb speeds, and cable is as fast as 6-8Mb in some areas. If you have a 16Mb internet connection, you must have a FIOS fiber connection, I'm guessing. Fiber is currently available to less than 1% of U.S. residential customers, and I'm betting has even less penetration anywhere else in the world, although I could be wrong.

    So the 3 year old WRT still routes as fast as 99% of the market out there needs. If you really want 16-18 Mb throughput to the net, you're going to have to pull out the wallet and get something other than a $60 home router. Cisco makes some great ones, and for $1000 or so, I'm sure you'll get your full 16-18Mb throughput - except of course, for internet congestion and servers that won't feed you data that fast. I wonder how many of the servers out there will really feed you data that fast? I have no stats on that, but I bet its a small minority.

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