Max number of devices that can be shared on a wireless router?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by fefrie, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. fefrie

    fefrie Networkin' Nut Member

    I just upgraded from a wrt54gl to an asus rt-n16, mostly for QOS cpu power.

    Now that I have a spare router, I'm wondering if I could put all of my roommates various devices on the linksys and keep my devices on the asus.

    I would disable DHCP on the linksys and run it behind the Asus. Giving it a different address of (or, can't remember either one) would the asus be able to still assign IP addresses and also shape that traffic using QOS on the asus?

    If there are not many devices on any given access point will that mean faster throughput?
  2. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    You will get more total wireless throughput and lower latency with multiple wireless access points operating on non-overlapping channels (eg 1, 6, or 11 with 20MHz channel width) than you will with all your clients on one AP. There are guides on how to set up your router as an AP. Essentially you disable WAN interface and DHCP, give it a static address outside the DHCP range of your gateway device, point default gateway and possibly DNS to your gateway device, enter your subnet mask, and change mode from gateway to router. Whether you keep the subnet the same or use VLANs depends on your needs.
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