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Need a good wired router

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Nagisan    248

Just as the topic says, I need to find a good wired router....I recently have been having a few issues with my modem, even connected directly to my computer I was getting about 6-7Mbit/s max when I should have been getting 15Mbit or so. I got Roadrunner to swap that out and I am not getting 18-20Mbit/s when connected directly to the modem. Now, connecting everything through my router, my speeds have dropped back down to 6-7Mbit max, so my next thought is my router going out (which could be why I have the wireless issue which causes my internet to drop out when I start a wireless transfer from within my network).

So, any suggestions on a solid wired router? Preferably from Newegg but as long as its a reputable place I'll go for it.

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Geoffrey B.    1,415

How many devices do you have connected to the router as it is. The more devices you have connected the more likely you are to have a slower connection speed. As the bandwidth is spread out over all the devices? However it should not slow down that much unless you have around 15-20 devices connected.

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zeke009    67

What is the uplink port on the modem? 10/100 or 10/100/1000? If it's the later, get a wireless N router with gigabit networking. I know you're after a wired device, but if even if you have only 802.11g you will see a boost there as well.

I only have G devices and I have the Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 modem, using the Netgear WNR3500 v2 (low end 802.11n w/ gigabit router). I consistently get 30Mbit on my 12Mbit plan from Comcast. A coworker has the same modem with a wireless G router (10/100 uplink) and he can't break 10Mbit he said unless he plugs directly in to the modem.

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Nagisan    248
How many devices do you have connected to the router as it is. The more devices you have connected the more likely you are to have a slower connection speed. As the bandwidth is spread out over all the devices? However it should not slow down that much unless you have around 15-20 devices connected.

Only 4 devices, sometimes 5-6 depending on whether I am working on friends computers or not, but never any more than 10.

What is the uplink port on the modem? 10/100 or 10/100/1000? If it's the later, get a wireless N router with gigabit networking. I know you're after a wired device, but if even if you have only 802.11g you will see a boost there as well.

I only have G devices and I have the Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 modem, using the Netgear WNR3500 v2 (low end 802.11n w/ gigabit router). I consistently get 30Mbit on my 12Mbit plan from Comcast. A coworker has the same modem with a wireless G router (10/100 uplink) and he can't break 10Mbit he said unless he plugs directly in to the modem.

I am not sure of the uplink port on the modem itself, but I try to keep my LAN all on gigabit gear to keep the highest transfer speeds throughout my home network. I know my current router and switch are both running at gigabit, as well as my main computers network cards.

One thing I have noticed, could it be interference with other components? I have my switch on the bottom with the router and modem both sitting on top of it. If I pull my modem and/or router off the switch and away from the other two components, my speeds jump back up to the 15-20mbit I should be getting. The second I put them back together again, the speed drops to anywhere from 4-7mbit.

EDIT: Some interference could also explain why wireless transfers within my network kill my modem (cause it to disconnect).

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Nagisan    248

Just a final update, pulling my router away from my modem fixed both issues. I am getting full download speeds (15-20Mbit/s vs the 5-7Mbit I was getting) AND I no longer have that modem disconnection while transferring over wireless (any large transfer to a wireless computer caused my modem to stop working until the transfer was done). So it seems something in my router was simply interfering with my modem 24/7, limiting my download speed, and also killing my modem during heavy wireless transfers.

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