WRT54G v1.0 Router Bottleneck???

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by mchiles, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. mchiles

    mchiles Network Guru Member

    My current setup:

    Comcast High Speed Internet (8mps Service) connected to my personnally owned, one year old, Linksys BEFCMU10 Cable Modem, which in turn is connected to a probably four year old, Linksys WRT54G V1.0 Router, which in turn is connected to three computers WIRED and a recently purchased Linksys EZXS88W 8-port Switch which in turn is connected WIRED to three TiVos and a couple of networked printers via HP JetDirect.

    My issue: I have been paying for the Comcast 8mps service and felt that I wasn't getting the fastest service because web pages and downloads were so slow, or at least slower than I thought they should be. I don't want to be paying Comcast for service I am not really receiving. I called Comcast and they did their "ping" test to my modem and everything checked out fine.

    Then I was asked if I had router on the network. I said yes. The Comcast Tech then had me try some Internet Speed tests (He let me pick whatever speed test web sites I wanted to use perform the tests) He had me do several tests the way I had the network as discribed above. The speed tests came back saying I was getting between 4.5mps and 5mps of speed on the download, about 1mps on the upload. Then he had me route the Cat5 cable directly from the modem to the computer without the WRT54G router in the middle. I ran the same speed tests again and I hit consistant between 10mps and 12mps on the download and 1.5mps on the upload. Then I put the network back to it's original configuration and I was back to the ~5mps download speed.

    It appears that my old WRT54G router may be a bottleneck on the system, any suggestions?

    Would replacing the old WRT54G with a regular WIRED BEFSR81 broadband router or a newer wireless router speed things up?

    Is there a way determine before buying a new router, what sort of drag it might be on the system.

    Would I be better off using new pro series 10/100/1000 switches instead of a router? (Everything in the house is connected via Cat5) (Wireless is only used by houseguests)

    Thanks in advance for your assistance,

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