BT Homehub5 vs R7000 speed

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by p4r4d1dd13, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. p4r4d1dd13

    p4r4d1dd13 Network Newbie Member

    Hi all,

    I'm running my r7000 (advanced tomato firmware version: 1.28.0000 -3.4-140 K26ARM USB VPN-64K) as an access point off my BT Home Hub 5 with a view to running a VPN on the r7000.

    I've got the VPN working but currently got it turned off as I have some speed issues before the VPN us even switched on.

    Via my HH5 I get circa 50mb down. When connected to the r7000 I get 20mb. Again, this is before the VPN is switched on.

    Is there anything I can do to try and bring my speeds up on the r7000?

  2. p4r4d1dd13

    p4r4d1dd13 Network Newbie Member

    Hi all,

    Thought I would follow up on my previous post. I have been liaising with my VPN provider and making some changes. So far all of the tweaks to the VPN configuration haven't really done anything to improve connection speeds.

    I am now getting roughly 10-12 down via the R700 when the VPN is switched on. This is routing via Switzerland. If I change the routing to somewhere nearer it doesn't really improve the speeds much.

    With the VPN switched off I am getting 18-19. So, I'm losing over half of my speed when I use the R7000 instead of the HH5. Then, when the VPN is on I am losing almost another 50% again so not really fit for purpose at present.

    What kind of drop-offs have others experienced from moving to Advanced Tomato on this router and also running VPN?

    My VPN provider tells me consumer grade routers simply do not have the hardware to manage modern-day encryption and that it's (their words) like trying to use a 15 year old PC for the internet today. I feel a little bit frustrated because I bought the router (and VPN subscription) from a credible supplier. I explained to them what my requirements were and I bought the hardware they recommended. Now it seems like I can't do what I need and it's a massive PITA shipping the router back to the states if I don't want it.

    Any help massively appreciated.


  3. bjlockie

    bjlockie Network Guru Member

    Is the HH in bridge mode?
  4. Fab Five Freddy

    Fab Five Freddy Serious Server Member

    I am running a VPN using OpenVPN Client on Shibby 132...My Bandwidth down is 150mpbs, 15mpbs up...
    I can pull somewhere between 32-40mpbs over the VPN. I'm not sure it is the VPN encryption/decryption that is the limiting factor, as much as I suspect the VPN provider is limiting me to 40mbps....don't really care, as it is fast enough for my needs (only a few devices use the VPN).

    My R7000 is plugged into my ISPs modem in bridge mode. I don't think your problem is the VPN or r7000 unless something is really'd be able to tell if the VPN was limiting you by logging in using ssh and running top...if at the max speed, the VPN client process was using close to 100% of the cpu, then it would be the culprit...

    I just did some I recalled, for every MB (BYTE, not bit) of download speed, openvpn's vpnclient1 takes about 10% of the cpu....for for my 4MB/s (32mbps) download, I'm using about 40% of the cpu....

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