another wrt54G problem: router slows down under high traffic

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by peanotation, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. peanotation

    peanotation Network Guru Member

    My WRT54G has to be a lemon, or one of the worst ones ever made, because this thing is constant headaches.

    So with normal internet browsing it's fine, but lets say if i have torrents running (i only download freeware) and someone else is downloading a file, i still may only be using 30-40% of my bandwidth, but the router slows down so much web pages take [literally] forever to load.

    if i only run one computer and run the exact same torrents at the same speed and plug directly into the modem, wallah, no problems.

    ideas, suggestions, creative methods to destroy this pos, all are welcome

    edit: i'm running the stock firmware since all "aftermarket" firmware upgrades are a disaster. no matter what compatible firmware i upgrade to the router just crashes all day
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Did you already search for "torrent" postings? There are tons.

    BT is by default not a play-nice protocol towards most consumer-grade routers, it assumes it has all the room in the world and will consume all resources available. You can restrict the client, and you can configure more connection-table space on your router, and perhaps enable QoS features to help out.
  3. Chronoslayer

    Chronoslayer Guest

    I also have a WRT54G version 5, and was experiencing the same shoddy performance. (1.) Internet connectivity repeatedly dropping out on both my wireless and ethernet network cards (my network is MAC-filtered and consists of one desktop connected via ethernet and one laptop connected via wireless), and (2.) drastically diminished bandwidth compared to just directly connecting the cable modem to either of my computers' ethernet cards. This was a good while before the 1.00.6 firmware updgrade got released.
    Now, running 1.00.6, those two problems have stopped occurring and the router finally performs normally like it should have been able to out of the box. If Linksys is already selling previous WRT54G models that work well, perhaps they should improve the new model's performance past "POS" status before welcoming customers to shell out their $60.00 for it only to find out later that it runs like crap.
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