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Is speed limited by the firmware or the hardware

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by anotherlab, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. anotherlab

    anotherlab Network Guru Member

    I have the 20/5 (20Mbit/s down, 5 Mbit/s up) plan with Verizon FiOS and I never get anywhere close to the 20Mbit speed with DD-WT on my WRT54GS. I consistently get about 13-14Mbit down, 2Mbit up. I have a WRT54GS version 2.0 with DD-WRT v23 SP2.

    If I use the router that was supplied by Verizon, D-Link DI-624, I easily get just over 20Mbit/sec down. I did the speed tests with multiple sites, over an 8 hour span and the results are pretty consistent. This is with a wired connection to the router, I did not test wireless speeds.

    Is it the hardware that limiting the speed or the firmware? The D-Link uses a different chipset (Atheros AR5002) than the WRT (Broadcom BCM2050). I would prefer to use the functionality in DD-WRT, but I don't want to give bandwidth that I'm getting with the D-Link.
     
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    I'd suggest that you try different firmware on your GS, and judge for yourself. I don't know the V2 GS, so it could be either IMO.

    What could also be contributing is any QoS- or firewall rules you may be applying.
     
  3. u3gyxap

    u3gyxap Network Guru Member

    Try Tomato or Thibor firmware.
     
  4. anotherlab

    anotherlab Network Guru Member

    Do either one of those firmwares support PPTP or equivalent? I use that feature of DD-WRT to open a VPN connection to my home machine from my office.
     
  5. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    I confirm for Tomato.
     

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  6. u3gyxap

    u3gyxap Network Guru Member

    They support pptp as WAN connection. Though, I don't think they have pptp tunneling for what you need.
     
  7. anotherlab

    anotherlab Network Guru Member

    It looks like there is a build of Tomato that comes with the OpenVPN server. I may try that.
     
  8. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    Ups, my mistake. I understood PPTP as a WAN. Sorry, I'll be more carefull.
     
  9. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    You may also be able to run OpenVPN or PoPToP (or something) via a cifs share from Tomato. Assuming that the Tomato kernel has the necessary framework, you would most likely have to insmod some additional support modules for this to work though.
     

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