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WRT54gs v1 bandwidth issues

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by BobOki, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    I just got a wonderful 50 meg down 10 meg up pipe, but I seem to be having an issue with my wrt54gs v1 keeping up. I have it overclocked to 250 and am running the speedmod hack, yet I cannot seem to clear 20mbits. I have turned off logging, cifs, and bandwidth logging, still cannot clean 20 mbit. I don't see the cpu go higher than .15 in top and I have 68% ram free.
    Any ideas guys?
     
  2. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 LI Guru Member

    You might be hitting a WAN-to-LAN hardware limitation.

    There's a chart out there somewhere which shows the WAN-to-LAN speeds of the various incarnations of WRT54G routers. You'd be surprised at the differences! I've run into a similar limitation with my 25/3 Charter cable modem connection, and am in the process of upgrading from a 125Mhz WRT54G v1.0 to a 200Mhz WRT54G-TM in an effort to better utilize my 25/3 connection. I've seen folks around these parts alluding to using the newer ASUS routers with the Teddy Bear flavor of Tomato - that may be the better solution to the problem as broadband internet speeds continue to climb. :redface:
     
  3. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    Thanks for replying.
    Do you by chance have that chart? I would be interested in it.
    I think I am going to try a RT-N16 if that is the case, it has a what 533 mhz chip and 128 ram. Sounds like it is beefy.
    If 250mhz = 25meg then 533 should cover my 50 down.
    I would really love to see that chart though, and any tips I can get to squeeze more life out of this current one (if I could get to maybe 30-35 meg I could live till my asus comes)
     
  4. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 LI Guru Member

    Certainly!

    Unfiltered chart URL:

    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/component/option,com_chart/Itemid,189/

    Once there, you can filter for "Linksys" or other keywords to narrow things down.

    I'm curious how things will go with a different router, too. A lot of good a 25Mbps or faster broadband connection does when the router can't move data at that rate. :frown:
     
  5. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    If I am reading this page correctly, our best bets are
    WZR-HP-G300NH - 165 MBit
    WRT320N v1 - 145 Mbit
    or
    RT-N16 - 141 Mbit
     
  6. Azuse

    Azuse LI Guru Member

    That's on stock firmware, the N16 runs tomato making it better than anything else by default =D
     
  7. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    All the models I listed above can run ddwrt, and thus more than likely tomato.
    I think I am going to get the asus anyways, I like the 128 meg ram.
     
  8. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    Ok, purchased from newegg.com for $94
    Will report how it goes.
     
  9. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    Still have not gotten my router in yet, however, I did find a wrtsl54gs laying about the house, and I threw 'matto on it. It is able to handle the full 50mg down and 10 meg up. However, it is too slow to handle it with QoS turned on, even at full 100% on everything.
    Thats great news though, you would not run QoS at 100% so this still works for MOST people.
    I will still get my rotuer (ordered and all) but wrtSL54GS works great for these faster speeds.
     
  10. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    Ok, RT-N16 is in and it looks SOOO purty.
    I loaded ddwrt on it then moved over to tomato (ended up having to use restoration util as ddwrt is ALWAYS retarded and its gui messed up AS USUAL).
    I am now seeing FULL 50 meg+ down speeds with full QoS enabled. This router is chewing up anything I can throw at it.
     
  11. adlerfra

    adlerfra LI Guru Member

    BobOki. I currently have the Comcast Blast Plan and am wondering if I am limiting my max. bandwidth by my combination of WRT54GL running Tomato 1.28 Beta and my SB5100 Cable modem. Also, I am considering changing to one of Comcast's faster plans (Ultra and Extreme 50). From what I have been reading, the WRT54GL will not support the faster speeds and a router such as the Asus RT-N16 will be do the trick. Also, what cable modem are you using? Will my SB5100 need to be replaced too?
     
  12. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    I have the comcast 50 down 10 up plan right now.
    My wrt54gs would NOT do but maybe 20meg. The wrtSL54GS was able to handle the 50 meg, until I put QoS, then it would falter to about 42 or so, not bad at all. I currently have the Assus RT-N16 and it eats through it like butter. It COMES with over 8000 allowed connections, Working usb, and it is b/g/n with better signal through the house (I actually have a 10 dbi and a 15 dbi omni directional antennas and it can almost put out as much signal) pumped up to 78mw (signal degrades after that).

    Here is the comcast speed results with my g/f watching netflix, my mail server etcetc running.
    http://results.speedtest.comcast.net/result/35206862.png

    Worth mentioning that its a pain to get tomato on it. I had to load on ddwrt, np, but then I had to use the recover tool to get tomato on it, then I had to do TWO hard resets before it was up.
     
  13. adlerfra

    adlerfra LI Guru Member

    Bob. Thanks for your reply. What cable modem do you use?
     
  14. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I just use the restoration tool to flash tomato ... why bother with DD ?
     
  15. BobOki

    BobOki Network Guru Member

    Instructions said to? ;P

    Modem is a DCP3000 from Cisco.
     

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