Can 4 port router handle more than 4 connections?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by kh2555, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. kh2555

    kh2555 LI Guru Member

    I'm kind of new to networking and I am setting up a network in my house for 7 people. The router we have is a WRT54G Linksys wireless router with 4 port switch connected to a cable modem. My question is, can this router handle 7 connections? (2 wired and 5 wireless)

    The network frequently stops working and I am constantly resetting the router, though when I connect directly to the modem, everything is fine. Just wondering if I was overloading the router with too many connections? Thanks in advance.
  2. Yes, the router should handle that amount of traffic just fine.

    I think there is another issue going on here. What type of internet connection do you have (DSL, cable, etc.)?

    The following is based on if you have a DSL connection:

    If it is DSL, you need to perform a couple of steps. One method is to bridge the DSL modem and have the router handle the PPPoE connection. The router's connection type needs to be changed to PPPoE instead of obtain IP automatically. I used Method 1 here:

    Be sure to put your whole account email address as the username.

    I had the same problem of the router dropping the internet connection when I first got my DSL connection and router (long time ago). A simple reboot would fix the problem, only to return in about a day's time.

    Also, once you bridge the modem, you will not be able to access it at You can always reset the modem with the reset button to get back to factory defaults.

    Let me know how it works out.
  3. twoj1

    twoj1 LI Guru Member

    slow wire and wireless conection

    I have the same problem. :mad: I have 3 computers on a wire and about 5+or-3
    computers wireless. I am using a cable modem and linksys wrt54g wireless router ver. 6.0, the whole sys. is slow. All the computers show connection speed at 100mps for wire and 54mps for wireless but it is slow. :confused: The internet I
    can understand but the LAN:confused:

    The LAN is the same way. half the time the computer will not be able to see each other or they will but not be able to connect :confused: can somebody please help with this:doh:
  4. kh2555

    kh2555 LI Guru Member

    replaced the router

    I talked to several linksys technicians and a few friends with networking experience and their final solution was to replace the router, which I did. I upgraded to a WRT54GS with Speedbooster. Things seem to be working fine so far. I'm sure there was some other solution but this fixed it. Thanks for the help anyways, hope you get your problem fixed.
  5. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    check to confirm your running the latest firmware
  6. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Can you please quantify *slow*? Connecting at 100Mbps does not mean data throughput takes place at that speed - many networking factors such as network overhead affect its performance, and max throughput will be constraint by the slowest connection, i.e., if you are measuring your throughput from the Internet, the bottleneck will be your broadband connection, thus, for a local network, your max throughput will be what your wireless connection can muster - 25Mbps or less.

    Computers not seeing each other on a network can be due to other factors, e.g., Computer Broswer conflict, firewall application not configured for File and Printer Sharing, but none of these is related to the router, which only provides a *conduit* for the network.
  7. twoj1

    twoj1 LI Guru Member

    It seems to happen at random as far as the computers not responding in my network places
    I will check on the firewall. Now for the internet bottle necking I agree 100% and understand
    But will the internet usage across the LAN effect LAN file and Printer sharing or slow it up?
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