WRT54G WAN port speed

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by cgondo, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. cgondo

    cgondo Network Guru Member

    Anyone knows what the WAN port speed is for this router? Reason i ask is that i am going to get ADSL2+ soon with speed of about 20Mbps. Just wondering whether the WAN port's speed is enough
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    It's not a question of the WAN port speed, which is plenty.

    It's the CPU in these appliances are not going to be able to switch packets at 20 megs/sec if you are doing heavy transfer in both directions. I would expect it to top out about 8-10 depending on model.

    If you want a fast gateway, use an old PC and turn it into a gateway. There are several Linux distro projects like SmoothWall and IPCop specifically for turning PC into a gateway router. Works very well, you get a GUI for setup and features like optional transparent proxy caching and VPN that you may not have on a router widget. Even an older PC like the PII-333 I am using is way more powerful than the WRT when it comes to moving packets. Download the ISO from one of those projects, burn a CD and boot it up. You answer a few questions on the setup and that's about it.
  3. MarkInDavis

    MarkInDavis Network Guru Member

    An old Tom's Networking article indicates you can get about 20Mb/sec throughput. I can't find a reference, but I swear a more recent review indicated the newer hardware models get up to 34Mb/sec throughput. The older reference is below.

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