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Topic # 161674 15-Jan-2015 17:12
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Hi

I am looking for some advice about routers that can give priority to some services.  I currently have a Tplink TL-WR941ND.  (pdf manual http://www.tp-link.com.de/Resources/document/TL-WR941ND_V3_UG.pdf)

I have UFB 30 down 10 up.  In the house we have 2 desktop PC's 2 laptops plus phones. A third PC is running as a cheap and nasty webserver with Teamspeak 3 server and mumble server.  For the next few months I expect usage to be within the 32 user limit of free ts3 server but growing beyond that.

What I want to do is give priority to the viop traffic, then gaming.  After that all other traffic can be equal except torrents and other downloads which I want to be bellow the priority of the web server and preferably other web browsing.

I don't think this is possible with my current router (cant find it anywhere) and it is struggling to handle the load anyway. 

So can I get some advice on routers available here in NZ that are good solid devices but preferable not toot expensive.  So preferably under $200 if possible, the cheaper the better but being up to the job is more important.   I need to be able to for port forwarding to my server pc, and thats about it. It does not need to have wireless as I can continue to use this router to feed the phones and laptop if required, but it would be easier to have it all handled by one device.

thanks in advance.


Cheers,
Rob.

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  Reply # 1215590 15-Jan-2015 17:45
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Mikrotik RB951G-2HnD is boss for this sort of thing. Not the easiest to set up however you can set up traffic queuing for anything that transmits data :)

Also cheap too, available for about $100.






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  Reply # 1215598 15-Jan-2015 18:12
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More like $140 or $150 but the specs look good.  You might have convinced me.  cheers,

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  Reply # 1215600 15-Jan-2015 18:19
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Yes, I was looking at that, but I am a citizen, we have to factor in things like GST which a business does not.  I cant find any reviews onlne for it, do you have a link to any?

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  Reply # 1215636 15-Jan-2015 20:01
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RobBB: Yes, I was looking at that, but I am a citizen, we have to factor in things like GST which a business does not.  I cant find any reviews onlne for it, do you have a link to any?


Mikrotiks are widely recognised as being very very good routers but they're not the easiest to set IP (it doesn't have a simple interface) however once you have it set up and start to learn about it's capabilities via the Mikrotik Wiki you'll find there really isn't a match for price and features at that price.

Has very good WiFi, very good performance and is just generally a great router.

A few people here use them, I being one of those people. But please note if you go for it you'll spend a wee bit setting it up however I can post a simple configuration guide at some point if there are people interested - mine is also on 100mbit UFB.






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  Reply # 1215642 15-Jan-2015 20:09
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Ok, good to know.  The set-up doesn't scare me, I installed and setup my fist Linux system 16 years ago after downloading a forgotten number of disk images, 3.5" floppy disks, over a 56k modem. That was a difficult set-up.  I am convinced, I am going to get one.

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  Reply # 1215684 15-Jan-2015 21:35
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I've posted a guide on how to set up a Mikrotik from scratch - have not put port forwarding on the guide yet but will do shortly when my hands have had a bit of a rest: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=66&topicid=161676





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  Reply # 1215991 16-Jan-2015 11:24
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The TP-LINK TL-WR941ND is DD-WRT capable so why dont you give that a go first its going to be more powerful and its a free upgrade.
www.dd-wrt.com




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  Reply # 1216181 16-Jan-2015 16:10
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I think you are wrong about the power, the Tplink is only 100mpbs ports, it has only 32mb or ram and a cpu running at 400mhz. the Mikrotik is Gigabit ports, 128mb ram and 600mhz cpu.  

I don't see it as being more powerful, but I do think it's worth giving it a crack to see if it is powerful enough with the wrt software.

So thanks for pointing it out, i'll let you know how it goes.



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  Reply # 1216184 16-Jan-2015 16:13
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Shrub, off to a bad start.  It only lists the v6 hardware on that link, adn then it says that is not supported.  Mine is V3 hardware so I'll still order the Mikrotek

cheers,

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  Reply # 1216186 16-Jan-2015 16:21
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I wouldn't get your hopes up all that much about the benefits of enabling QoS.

QoS on one endpoint (your router) is really not going to achieve much - once it hits the fibre it's every packet for itself. A gruntier router may help with the sheer number of connections/NATs going on (particularly with BitTorrent) though.



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  Reply # 1216187 16-Jan-2015 16:24
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Yes, I know that, but what I want to prioritise is are the packets here at my home.  I don't want the viop swamped by local users.

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  Reply # 1216189 16-Jan-2015 16:30
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RobBB: Yes, I know that, but what I want to prioritise is are the packets here at my home.  I don't want the viop swamped by local users.


Understand, what I am saying is that enabling QoS is not necessarily (if fact is is unlikely at best) going to achieve that for you.



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  Reply # 1216300 16-Jan-2015 19:57
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RobBB: Shrub, off to a bad start.  It only lists the v6 hardware on that link, adn then it says that is not supported.  Mine is V3 hardware so I'll still order the Mikrotek

cheers,


see image below i think i was right as i also have a v3 running dd-wrt 






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  Reply # 1216305 16-Jan-2015 20:04
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see it now, I searched for WR941ND

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