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  Reply # 618624 2-May-2012 21:57 Send private message

This may help: http://reviews.cnet.com/best-wireless-routers/

I have the Asus (small townhouse and it's on a shelf so needs to look 'ok' for WAF) on the 100Mbps service. I haven't had time to do any testing but it seems pretty good. Note that it's a small townhouse though so any decent router is probably OK.

I have been told that using channel 13 on 2.4Ghz can improve performance (worth testing). If you have a dual-band router, I'm also told that you should set one channel as N only (I use the 5Ghz for that but note that some devices don't have 5Ghz radio). It does seems to be better.

Also, I suggest playing about with channel bandwith (eg, 20, 20/40, 40 Mhz).

Just my personal thoughts.






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  Reply # 618678 3-May-2012 06:38 Send private message

DoomlordVekk: Geekie, I think you will be reasonably impressed with the E4200.  The Wired speed is 100Mb all the time (actually, it will do ~940Mbps via iPerf, wired). 

Wireless on 5.8Ghz, in the same room, you should have no problems driving 100Mbps (unless there are a storm of 5.8G wireless-using geeks raging around you). 

The range on the E4200 isn't stellar, however, due to it's planar, internal MIMO antannae.

I have actually vertically mounted mine and gained some more range/signal coverage.


Nice tip on the vertical mounting, I had noted the low range so I might give that a try.




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  Reply # 618708 3-May-2012 09:10 Send private message

Im getting very close to max and I use a bog standard tp-link. I would also note that a couple of people showed they tested at 6-10pm at night. Speeds will/may be slower. Dont forget to also test off peak as well. Mine does drop away in the evening.

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  Reply # 618726 3-May-2012 09:52 Send private message

Install has just been done and I get max down and up with my Lynksys (Cisco) E4200




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  Reply # 618942 3-May-2012 16:27

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skl17: I have just had the Tech round today and was told that my speed would increase to 100 mbps between 8 and 9 pm tonight- I was averaging about 18-19 mbps beforehand and am now only getting 27mbps...using the latest Airport Extreme from Apple as the router, which claims to have a download capable speed of between 300mpbs and 1000mbps- I am on the phone to TCL now to try and resolve the issue, but have been in a queue for nearly an hour...anyone have any ideas or similar experiences since the upgrade? Thanks!


Hi skl17. We've had a look at this for you and made some adjustments. Your speed (from the modem - can't comment on your wireless network performance of course!) should be higher. Please let me know if I can help further.

Cheers, Gary


Thanks Gary- seems that all is OK now- thanks for your help

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  Reply # 619038 3-May-2012 20:14 Send private message

Also just discovered something disturbing.

Was sorting out some new CPE for a key customer, to replace an older Belkin router that was barely managing 50Mbps.
So, bit of a read around and I thought that the Linksys E3200 would be a good wee device to replace the Belkin with.
Configured it up and did a couple of wired tests against the Speed test servers.  Was quite surprised when I could only get ~82Mbps NAT'd throughput across it....Grrrr.  Unplugged the E3200, put the machine off the back of the DPC3008 and ran the tests again. 100Up/10Down.  Double Grrrr...
Its fair to say that whilst Cisco says that the E3200 might connect at up to 300Mbps via both the 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz radios, emperical testing says that the CPU can't keep up at 100Mbps between it's Gig Ethernet switch ports and it's routed/NAT'd WAN Port.

lots of mouth but not a lot of trousers....
It's larger brother the E4200 has made a good showing in it's place.
However, at ~$350, it's getting up there in dollars though.

Just some food for CPE thoughts.




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  Reply # 619089 3-May-2012 21:54 Send private message

DoomlordVekk: So, bit of a read around and I thought that the Linksys E3200 would be a good wee device to replace the Belkin with.
Configured it up and did a couple of wired tests against the Speed test servers.  Was quite surprised when I could only get ~82Mbps NAT'd throughput across it....Grrrr.  Unplugged the E3200, put the machine off the back of the DPC3008 and ran the tests again. 100Up/10Down.  Double Grrrr...


In my testing the E32000 started slowing everything down when I had more than 25 simultaneous torrents with more than 20 connections each. It simply went down to 2 - 5 Mbps until I restarted it and went up again to the 80 - 90 Mbps...






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Reply # 619146 4-May-2012 00:56 Send private message

i4n:
i4n: Ordered my upgrade today @ lunchtime, by walking down to the store (WLG), where it was written up straight away.
was faster to walk there & back than waiting for the "right dept" to pick up the phone.

Second line, t-box, package upgrade, Warp 150

Still waiting for call on install date.


Smile  Got the callback today, tech booked for Thursday afternoon.


Installed today

Pluged straight into my new Netgear N600 router WNDR3700v2

Last Result:
Download Speed: 121044 kbps (15130.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 9833 kbps (1229.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 16 ms
Friday, 4 May 2012 12:45:43 AM

And over the 5G n wireless network
Last Result:
Download Speed: 145611 kbps (18201.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 9864 kbps (1233 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 17 ms
Friday, 4 May 2012 12:54:01 AM

Cool

Have plan, send $NZD50m
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  Reply # 619455 4-May-2012 13:02 Send private message

i4n:  Pluged straight into my new Netgear N600 router WNDR3700v2

Last Result:
Download Speed: 121044 kbps (15130.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 9833 kbps (1229.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 16 ms
Friday, 4 May 2012 12:45:43 AM

And over the 5G n wireless network
Last Result:
Download Speed: 145611 kbps (18201.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 9864 kbps (1233 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 17 ms
Friday, 4 May 2012 12:54:01 AM

Cool


So using wireless makes the connection go faster!?  Nice.






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  Reply # 619719 4-May-2012 18:19 Send private message

Hhhmmmm

Not impressed... This is almost slower than what I had before the "upgrade" this morning

Last Result:
Download Speed: 31478 kbps (3934.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 9847 kbps (1230.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 11 ms
Fri May 04 2012 18:16:48 GMT+1200 (NZST)

Was getting 24000 kbps (ish) before the upgrade. And no it's not my router as I am running a $2500 Checkpoint Edge device.

Going to log a fault call I feel.

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  Reply # 620263 5-May-2012 20:31 Send private message

Ok done some more testing and I am getting very strange results.

With my laptop connected directly to the modem, testing to TCL's Speedtest I get...

Last Result:
Download Speed: 98830 kbps (12353.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 9575 kbps (1196.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 13 ms
Sat May 05 2012 20:25:16 GMT+1200 (NZST)

I get almost exactly the same speed when going via my router.

However speed to anywhere other than TCL had decreased after the upgrade

After...


Before...


Noticed that things like Facebook (yeah I know) and even TradeMe are significantly slower now.

Any ideas on whats going on?

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  Reply # 620284 5-May-2012 22:07 Send private message

Tockly: Noticed that things like Facebook (yeah I know) and even TradeMe are significantly slower now.

Any ideas on whats going on?


Are you using 203.97.78.43 and 203.97.78.44 for DNS?






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  Reply # 620310 6-May-2012 01:09 Send private message

Is it normal for the cisco modem to reset 5-6 times in 10mins?
I was playing battlefield 3 on the PS3 and it dropped connection and the screen on my router would pop up with cable not connected and then connected again.

It happened a couple more times so I pulled the power on both the router and modem to see if that would help but it did it a few more times.

It then came right for a few minutes and I started typing this post and it just did it again?!

Although only minor and the only problem Ive had so far (that hasnt been my fault) Im hoping this isnt the end to the main reason I pay the extra for cable - reliability.

Im not usually up this late gaming, does it sometimes reset for some reason or another?

Seems ok now and speedtests around 84mbit to the telstraclear servers which is acceptable...nope didnt even get to finish this sentence and its gone out again. Grrr....waiting for connection to come back to post.

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  Reply # 620349 6-May-2012 09:58 Send private message

Yup using those DNS servers.

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