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Is my Linksys WRT54GL v1.1 maxed out or getting close?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by FattysGoneWild, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    I have Charter cable internet. On the 20mb/2mb plan. Recently they have added Powerboost to the mix. Basically extra speed when bandwidth is open. It lasts for a few seconds or in my case. Late at night. It seems consistent. I have seen speeds as high as 30mb/3mb. I have also heard some rumblings they might be upgrading the speed even more from 20mb/2mb to 20mb/5mb. Will I be needing a new router soon to keep up with these speeds? Currently my network looks like this.

    Desktop (wired)
    Laptop (wireless)
    Directv (wired)
    Xbox 360 (wired)
    Nintendo Wii (wireless)

    Possibly adding another desktop and Sony PS3 in the near future.
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Your router should still be OK for those speeds. The big problem is how to use QOS with powerboost. If you enter normal outbound and inbound max speeds so that QOS will work properly under normal conditions, it won't allow the speedboost bandwidth to be available. If you put in higher figures for speedboost, then under normal operations the QOS will not work. You need to think about what is happening and then try to find a way to at least get some advantage out of it. Or simply - switch off QOS.

    One way is to use normal QOS figures, but allow incoming WWW to have no bandwidth limits at all [NONE]. Then at least WWW will have the advantage of using the full speedboost bandwidth when available. You may be able to adapt this idea for other uses.
  3. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Yeah I am not happy about this whole Powerboost deal. It really does have an effect on QoS and is now basically useless in my situation. Unless I really get into it and tweak like you suggested.

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