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    speed drop through router

    Is it normal for there to be a speed drop going through a router? I have a linksys befsr41 with 4 machines hooked up to it. Cable modem output is ~ 13,000 kbps according to dslreports, but its around 8,500 kbps on the LAN ports.

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    Re: speed drop through router

    Quote Originally Posted by BWM View Post
    Is it normal for there to be a speed drop going through a router? I have a linksys befsr41 with 4 machines hooked up to it. Cable modem output is ~ 13,000 kbps according to dslreports, but its around 8,500 kbps on the LAN ports.
    I would question the cable side of it. I'm (nearly) certain that the WAN port on that router is 10 Mb/s max.

    Edit: Or is that what you're saying? Without the router, you're getting 13 and with it, 8.5? Because if this is the case, DSL Reports is correct. Buy a router w/ a 100 Mb/s WAN port and you should be good to go.
    Last edited by Sick Willie; 11-10-2006 at 04:51 PM.

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    Re: speed drop through router

    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Willie View Post
    I would question the cable side of it. I'm (nearly) certain that the WAN port on that router is 10 Mb/s max.

    Edit: Or is that what you're saying? Without the router, you're getting 13 and with it, 8.5? Because if this is the case, DSL Reports is correct. Buy a router w/ a 100 Mb/s WAN port and you should be good to go.
    Yes, without the router I get ~ 13,000 Kbps. LAN side is right around 8,500 Kbps. The spec sheet says WAN and LAN are both 10/100.

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    Re: speed drop through router

    I just looked and you're right that that is what the spec sheet says. I could've swore that the befrs41 was 10 on the WAN side. If you connect the WAN port to a 10/100 switch, does it show a 10 or 100 Mbit connection?

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    Re: speed drop through router

    I don't have anything to indicate 10 or 100 on the WAN side.

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    Re: speed drop through router

    Ah.... only 10 on the WAN side after all. From the manual:

    Does the WAN connection of the Router support 100 Mbps Ethernet?

    Because of the speed limitations of broadband Internet connections, the Routerís current hardware design supports 10 Mbps Ethernet on its WAN port. It does, of course, support 100 Mbps over the auto-sensing Fast Ethernet 10/100 switch on the LAN side of the Router.
    Time for a new router...

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    Re: speed drop through router

    I thought so.

    As to determining the 10/100 capabilty, if you plugged the WAN port into a switch that supports 100 Mbit, the switch would indicate whether or not the WAN port supported a 100 Mbit connection.

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    Re: speed drop through router

    Thanks. Well now its time to find some to replace this BEFSR41. Gotta start by figuring out what the differences are between a cable/dsl router and a ethernet switch/hub, etc. All I know is that the 13,000 Kbps/sec is definately there and I want all of it

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    Re: speed drop through router

    No doubt about the speed. Not sure what you mean about figuring out the difference between a switch and a router.

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    Re: speed drop through router

    I'm not strong in networking so I don't know what I need other than to say the equivalent of a BEFSR41 with 100 capability on the WAN side

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    Re: speed drop through router

    I'm not positive, but I believe the WRT54G has a 100 Mbit WAN port. I'll do a little reading and see if I can ascertain it.

    Edit: page 9 of the WRT54G indicates that the WAN port is 100 Mbit. Buy one at Walmart (or Fry's) and if it doesn't actually support it, you can always return it.
    Last edited by Sick Willie; 11-10-2006 at 09:13 PM.

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    Re: speed drop through router

    Thanks

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    Re: speed drop through router

    You're welcome.

    Also page 76 says, in part:

    Does the Internet connection of the Router support 100Mbps Ethernet?
    The Routerís current hardware design supports up to 100Mbps Ethernet on its
    Internet port; however, the Internet connection speed will vary depending on
    the speed of your broadband connection. The Router also supports 100Mbps
    over the auto-sensing Fast Ethernet 10/100 switch on the LAN side of the
    Router.

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    Re: speed drop through router

    UPDATE: got the WRT54G, don't need the wireless so I disabled that. Disabled WAN side request (ping), set up name and password. Done. Speed now averaging 14 Mbps down and a little over 1 up. Thanks much

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