What I'm thinking of doing is dropping a re-purposed desktop PC in between the Orcon Genius Lite and the Linksys WRT54G. The PC will be multi-homed (dual-NIC's) and have a Squid proxy server running on it to cache local requests. It will also have Tor running, to anonymize all Internet activity. I have used the Tor network in the past, and I understand that it is incredibly slow. This will become the new bottleneck of my network, despite the expected download speed increase from ADSL2+ to UFB. It's swings and roundabouts. The UFB giveth, and the Tor taketh away. I hope that Squid will provide a small boost to offset what I lose with Tor.
Comment by JamesL, on 29-Jan-2014 16:35
I think your bottleneck is more the wrt54g than your dsl, your'e sharing 6 devices on the already crowded 2.4ghz frequency on 802.11g which is slow as it is
You would be better off upgrading to a router that's capable of dual 2.4 and 5ghz
Comment by michaelmurfy, on 30-Jan-2014 00:04
I'd strongly recommend dropping the whole network, get a Draytek 130 + a Mikrotik 951Ui-2HnD. The Mikrotik can run a proxy if you wish but in general doing that will offer a huge speed increase for you.
The Mikrotik kicks the ass out of any standard CPE.
Comment by resurrect, on 30-Jan-2014 08:52
an issue that people tend to not realise with WI-FI is that it's only half duplex, once you've got 3 devices connected to it a 10Mb full duplex switch will work faster, not to mention that even when you're not using a device and it's still connected to the network, it'll keep sending ARPs every second or 2 of which further reduce available bandwidth. I recommend getting an 802.11ac as that will start giving you some aspect of future proofing.
and with using TOR, is there really a need to be anonymous? and with my previous experience of it you'll end up with closer to a half megabit for you internet speed. (most likely to be less) so why the need to pay more for a slower connection?
if you're interested try using I2P, its said to be more reliable and faster than TOR however it's more difficult to setup.
Comment by deadlyllama, on 30-Jan-2014 13:09
Do you really need to Torify everything? Last time I used Tor, it would have made your current ADSL look positively spritely.
In my experience, and that's getting a bit old, you need quite a lot of users for Squid to make a noticeable difference. I used to get it to peer with other friends' squids on Saturn Cable back in the day, until we worked out that the "do you have this URL?" traffic was greater than the traffic saved retrieving files from other people's caches. If nothing else, the power used by the Squid PC would probably pay for a faster UFB plan. I'm about to move most of my home-server stuff to a Raspberry Pi to save watts.
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