1. Klemen

    Hi again. Well, utorrent’s number of connections can be critical for an average router. I don’t know what number is set iin your config, but n my experience it’s worth to try harder and upgrade firmware to a newer version that handles p2p things better. You’ve also mentioned dd-wrt, which is a great alternative! (or Tomato, if you please)

    I don’t know about the d-link routers, but I’m sticking with my asus and netgear routers :)
    But I guess tey are all ok, as long as they have 802.11n (and MIMO)

  2. Klemen

    IMHO the absence of 802.11n isn’t critical. Why? Firstly, most wlan cards (laptops) doesn’t support N protocol (yet) and you usually need a special external adapter, which means yet another used usb port. Secondly, I don’t believe buying high-end equipment is the smarter way to go. Your equipment needs to be upgraded with your needs and with the evolution of technology. Just try to imagine someone who bought very expensive high-end HD DVD player a couple of years ago. Now he/she may only use it as an overpriced paperweight.
    Most of us started out home networks with hubs, then evolved to switches, jumped to private routers a few years later and ended up with hijacking neighbor’s wlan :)
    And there is always a golden truth about updating: if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Same goes with alternative firmware upgrades =)
    I am only using N router for its better signal range, and utorrent is set to 400 connections (and 100 per torrent).

  3. Klemen

    Here’s a thought for a new howto article: How to combine two wlan network connections with two cards one one computer to get maximum speed :) (or combining cable lan connection with neighbour’s wlan).

  4. Donace | The Nexus

    combining two connections has no immediate benefits as only one will be utilized for the net at a time; if one permanently dies then yes the other will kick in but the time between the apps moving from one connection and reconnecting to the second, the first one is usually re-established.

    Re: utorrent etc. rule of thumb post 250 connection routers start to choke; try and keep it at that…shouldn’t really effect speed of your downloads of the latest linux distro and addons ;)

  5. mohammad

    i need soft wer d-link dir-400

  6. szekelya


    what is the expected (not nominal) downspeed of a 802.11g router priced for home segment with wpa encryption?

    I started to get disappointed with my low-end wifi router as my internet connection got more and more fast. Recently my connection speed was increased from 5 to 15, then quickly to 30 mbps. I can download with 30mbps over the wired ethernet LAN port of my router, but the wireless speed with WPA-PSK is ~7mbps, that can climb to 18mbs if all encryption is switched off, which obviously I did only for the speed test. The vendor told me to buy an N router and closed the case. But on one hand as other said, none of my laptops support 802.11N without purchasing extra interfaces, on the other hand I don’t want to beleive, that a 802.11b/g router couldn’t serve me with 30mbps.

    Any experiences? I just don’t want to buy a new one until I find a model that is proven to be able to handle 30mbps.

  7. szekelya

    I bought a Linksys WRT120N router and get around 20mbps with WPA-PSK.

    Most of the time only one wireless device is connected, but both of my laptops are g capable, however I’m not sure about my PDA and sonyericsson cellphone.

    Since this is a nice N router, later I might invest in an N capable USB wifi interface, in the meanwhile I also prepared an ethernet cable for fully enjoying my 30mbps tube. :)

  8. szekelya

    @Rarst: one of the new slogans of my company is fat pipes make big ideas. Now the fat pipe part is checked. :)

  9. Internet Quotas

    I’ve also needed to throw away the CD and connect directly with routers that I’ve used. I would actually recommend the DIR 300 instead if you were to install third party software such as DD-WRT, it has more memory. I have even installed the Gargoyle Firmware on the DIR 300. WPA2 sounds like the way to go in terms of security. Unfortunately 1 out of 4 users in my house could not connect to WPA so I’ve had to use the less secure WEP.

  10. Mervin

    I’d like to use the same DIR-400 as a repeater. Is that possible?

  11. Alan

    I have a D-Link router. I can say this router is very stable and it’s easy to install without any IT knowledge. The router was shocked few times (fall down) but it still working very well (like in the first day, in fact). The router power / range is good and the signal is stable. I recommend this router.

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