30MBs+ speeds okay with wrt54gs?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Anonymous, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I am getting a new house with fiber from SBC. They told me speeds on the fiber will be somewhere between 24-39 MBs down when I move in. They supply the modem and such. What I was wondering is will this router be fine with that speed, or will it slow things down. Thanks.
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    THAT is a connection! :rockon: :rockon: :rockon:

    Where do you live? And do you have a guest room? Mind a permanent guest? ;)

    First, a reality check... unless you have a typo and meant 24 megabit (mb) and not megabyte (MB)... 24MB (megabytes) is 192 mb (megabits). For starters, the WRT54G only supports LAN speeds of 100mbit (100-baseT). You'd have to have a gigabit network even to support the speeds locally, and you are NOT going to find that support in your average router. If you're worried about your network exceeding local 100mbit network speeds, then that's the kind of problem I want to have!!!! (grin)

    I'm going to assume you meant 24mbit (megabits), which is a more realistic network speed (but still !@#$!@#$ FAST!). I still want to get a pipe into that... anyway, wiping the drool off my keyboard and moving on...

    The WRT54G is supplied with a 100mbit WAN port, so the WAN port, assuming you meant 24mbit) is more than enough. According to some threads I see here and there, HyperWRT can probably support around 30 mbit. So it might slow you down if the fiber speeds run on the high end of your stated range - but if you run decent firmware, not by much...


    And please promise me you'll use some of that bandwidth for good, like being a P2P server for some Open Source projects, or even offering up a small server for folks like Tofu and Thibor to share firmware? ;)
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I am in SoCal and this is the only street in my community that is all fiber (no copper phone cables in house) I am pretty excited about it b/c my connection sucks now.

    You are right they said megabit and not megabyte. sorry. I have HyperWRT on this router now. :) It is cool this router will still be able to do the job. Some of the bandwidth will be used by their IPTV service, I am guessing they are quoting total speed. I'm not sure SBC will allow me to make a positive difference using their services, I will definitely give it a shot though. ;)
  4. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    You are right. I just check the box of my WRT54GS and it says the WAN port is 10/100Mbps.
  5. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    In that DSLR thread the only person who seemed to have actually tested throughput reported a max of 15Mbps and I'm not confident he was actually referring to WAN throughput... (Wireless -> LAN throughput often maxes out in that range under real-world usage.)

    Others here have had problems getting more than 8Mbps over the WAN as discussed here.

    Personally I maxed out at about 13.5Mbps in a brief test I conducted... (More info in thread linked to above.)

    I did a (very) brief search here but couldn't find anybody reporting 30Mbps WAN throughput... If you can dig up those threads easily would you mind posting a link?

    Yes, the WAN port might be 10/100Mbps but that doesn't mean the router is capable of routing data at that speed. By all means I hope you do but I just don't want you to be surprised if you don't.

    Regardless of the outcome would you please report back once you've tested it?
  6. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Actually, most of the discussion was over on broadbandreports.com - understand that I cannot test throughput myself as my ISP caps me at 3mbps download.

    However, I think your throughput will depend heavily on what you are running. If you turn off the SPI firewall and depend instead on NAT for security, you'll probably see a speed boost, turn off wireless and free up that processor and you'll probably see a little more. Every service you free up will probably get you better throughput as the processor is freed up to do routing.

    Several threads have mentioned better throughput using aftermarket firmware like Tofu. You can probably also mess with the clock speeds and overclock the processor to get a little more boost out of it, though of course you run the risk of overheat.

    All of this is anecdotal, understand, and depending on your modem, your setup, and your configuration of your router - your mileage may vary considerably.
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