software based compression to boost effective wifi throughput (vpn?)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ziddey, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. ziddey

    ziddey Network Guru Member

    Is this idea crazy? Useless? I know that for afterburner/framebursting to work, both the ap and the client need to support it.

    However, how about a software solution? The easiest of which I can see would be maybe a vpn?

    I know there are vpn mods for tomato but do these include the use of compression? Does the stock compression actually do anything? I know it won't do much for already compressed formats like zips/mp3s/xvids and what have you's, but for lowly compressed pictures? text? Or is there already compression built in?

    I'd like to have the possibility of seeing more than 23mbps over my wireless, at least with easily compressible formats.

    Pipe dream?
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    I would think it a pipe dream. Any compression, to be done on the router, would put additional load on the CPU of the router, which would probably not outweigh the speed gained.

    For wireless, if you are using wireless encryption, best speed is obtained with WPA or WPA2 and AES (no TKIP, as TKIP is all software - significantly slower than AES).

    Best speed is no encryption.
    If you use encryption/VPN/compression, done by another machine behind the router, so the router does not have to do the encrypting, and then do "no encryption" on the router, there may be possibilities. However, your router would be very exposed, as other clients could connect without encryption and authentication.
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