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WRT54GS and G with DD-wrt or WRT350N or RVS4000 for new homenetwork?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by chocomonsters, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. chocomonsters

    chocomonsters Network Guru Member

    I would like to ask your inputs on router choice for home network.

    I am just finishing new home network with CAT6 wiring, gigabit NAS with jumbo support, and Dell PowerConnect 16 port Gigabit switch with jumbo support. All computers have gigabit NIC. I am currently attached to cable company, but my area will be upgraded to Verizon fiber optic service (FiOS) for minimal 15 Mbps down / 2 Mbps up in future.

    I have used three WRT54 GS and G running DD-wrt firmware for wi-fi network in past, but I have upgraded my network to bring some work home. I am in health industry and want to use my home office to work at home. This requires pulling large data over internet.

    My question is will 10/100 router in WRT54GS enough for router? Someone told me given internet connection speed, it should be enough and gigabit router is not necessary for internet connection speed.

    Will 10/100 router hinder my gigabit connection speed between gigabit NAS and computers?

    One side of me wants everything to be gigabit capable but I am very happy with all functions of DD-wrt firmware since there isn't 3rd party firmware available for either RVS4000 or WRT350N. WRT350N interests me since there maybe 3rd party firmware available soon.

    New location for router will be located inside of network hub (metal casing) so wi-fi function will not be functional. Wi-fi will be provided by separate wireless routers. So wi-fi function of WRT350N over RVS4000 isnt important.

    Your inputs will be appreciated!
  2. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    Well considering that the connection from the modem, DSL or cable, to the router is 10m bits.... a WRT54G / GS will be fine.

    The only thing that a gigabyte router will do is to speed up the connection between your computers.
  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Well if you want a frank opinion I would go with something in line with netscreen, checkpoint or cisco. With any one of those you will not have to worry about throughput or routing issues. That being said if the dell powerconnect maintains an arp cache and does not have to send traffic back to the router then no your internal network connection (host to host) should only be limited by the slowest connection.

    Wireless- you say the device is going to be inside a metal box, if you get a wireless device with removable antennae then you can use an external antenna with a long enough cable to connect from outside the box to the router, some even have magnetic bases.

    Overall sounds to me that you have basically already made up your mind in the send you already have a preference that you are completely happy with. As long as your dell switch does its job its really not going to matter what router you use. But I believe its not going to be to far down the road before some of these soho devices start to have issues with throughput on what is becoming faster and faster home connections.
  4. chocomonsters

    chocomonsters Network Guru Member

    Thanks for your prompt response.

    If I understand you guys correctly, non-gigabit router shouldn't have impact on hub to hub connection with jumbo frame enabled as long as Dell switch can maintain arp cache. If Dell switch doesn't, I need gigabit router for gigabit hub to hub connection. Correct?

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