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Thread: Looking for cheap router with actual 100mbps on WAN port

  1. #1
    Jonas Schorten
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    Looking for cheap router with actual 100mbps on WAN port

    Hi @ all,

    I'm looking for a cheap SOHO NAT router (cable only without modem,
    wireless and switch is fine) that is powerful enough to ideally manage
    full 100mbps IP-traffic on WAN port side. Most routers I tried
    unfortunately give up at about 20mbps and then only with SPI or the like
    disabled. However the price is the limiting factor (~50$).
    Can anyone recommend such a router or give me a hint where to look for
    it?
    Thanks a lot!

    Best regards

    *Olaf*



  2. #2
    smlunatick
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    Re: Looking for cheap router with actual 100mbps on WAN port

    On Mar 7, 9:48*pm, "Jonas Schorten" <short...@gmx.de> wrote:
    > Hi @ all,
    >
    > I'm looking for a cheap SOHO NAT router (cable only without modem,
    > wireless and switch is fine) that is powerful enough to ideally manage
    > full 100mbps IP-traffic on WAN port side. Most routers I tried
    > unfortunately give up at about 20mbps and then only with SPI or the like
    > disabled. However the price is the limiting factor (~50$).
    > Can anyone recommend such a router or give me a hint where to look for
    > it?
    > Thanks a lot!
    >
    > Best regards
    >
    > *Olaf*


    Are you sure that the ones you have tried did not do 1000Mbps? Most
    "new" router have "Auto" speed detect WAN ports that can be set to
    either 10 or 100. It is usually the Internet connecting unit that has
    the "port" locked at a rate.

  3. #3
    Jonas Schorten
    Guest

    Re: Looking for cheap router with actual 100mbps on WAN port

    > Are you sure that the ones you have tried did not do 1000Mbps? Most
    > "new" router have "Auto" speed detect WAN ports that can be set to
    > either 10 or 100. It is usually the Internet connecting unit that has
    > the "port" locked at a rate.


    Thats not exactly what I meant - the autonegotiation feature just
    recognizes the speed the port or connected device is capable of
    transmitting _at_most_. Unfortunately this does not mean that the router
    is capable of actually transmitting data that fast. So you may have a
    router with the WAN port sensing a fast ethernet connection and although
    the device connected to this port is capable of transmitting nearly at
    that rate the router itself just may not have the processing power to
    sustain that rate.



  4. #4
    smlunatick
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    Re: Looking for cheap router with actual 100mbps on WAN port

    On Mar 11, 11:36*pm, "Jonas Schorten" <short...@gmx.de> wrote:
    > > Are you sure that the ones you have tried did not do 1000Mbps? *Most
    > > "new" router have "Auto" speed detect WAN ports that can be set to
    > > either 10 or 100. *It is usually the Internet connecting unit that has
    > > the "port" locked at a rate.

    >
    > Thats not exactly what I meant - the autonegotiation feature just
    > recognizes the speed the port or connected device is capable of
    > transmitting _at_most_. Unfortunately this does not mean that the router
    > is capable of actually transmitting data that fast. So you may have a
    > router with the WAN port sensing a fast ethernet connection and although
    > the device connected to this port is capable of transmitting nearly at
    > that rate the router itself just may not have the processing power to
    > sustain that rate.


    The routers I have used recently (D-Link DIR models) have the
    possibility of locking the WAN port to either 100 or 10.

  5. #5
    Jonas Schorten
    Guest

    Re: Looking for cheap router with actual 100mbps on WAN port


    > The routers I have used recently (D-Link DIR models) have the
    > possibility of locking the WAN port to either 100 or 10.


    I'm afraid we still have a misunderstanding here - metaphorically I'm
    just trying to say that if you had a Frerrari, latest model, and the
    scale of its speedo would go as far as 1000mph that does not necessarily
    mean it would ever go as fast as that. The car itself may be able to
    even go faster but the engine simply is not powerful enough.
    So a router with a 10/100 WAN port with another really fast 10/100
    device connected to this port may just reach a low throghput of about
    20% of 100mbps although the source device may be able to deliver at a
    higher rate.

    Hope I finally made clear what I'm trying to say/ask ;-).

    Best regards
    *Olaf*



  6. #6
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    I am actually in the same boat. I have a 100mbps connection at home, and im looking for an optimal router to maintain the speed. I just bought a Hotbrick 1400/2 router. The ports are all 100mbps, and the router throughput is 90mbps, so its close enough, but still not 100 completely.
    After testing, it is definitely capable of sustaining the 90mbps throughput, and it is extremely stable and reliable. It is probably as best as I am going to get. I picked it up brand new on ebay for about 100 dollars.

    Hope that helps a little. The router is considered to be a commercial unit, it is about 10000x better than those crappy home routers that keep crashing once you load em up!

    -John

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