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I know most routers are different and that some are more powerful than others.. But generically whats the maximum amount of clients you want connected to a HOME router before you experience connection issues or performance issues?

The specific router is the D-Link DIR 655 but I would just like a general idea for home equipment

EDIT: Reasoning might be helpful... Friend's dad has an auto auction company and he is running 9-30 laptops off of 1 DIR 655 that connect to his server and then to the internet for his auction software. Trying to figure out if he needs a better router or not. The laptops are not doing much more than running an access client side that uploads data to the server through the wireless network
Edited by killeraxemannic - 10/13/11 at 7:20pm
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My home network has had no more than 6 Devices(4 laptops and 2 desktops) connected when I have brought friends over to complete school projects. Splitting the bandwidth between 6 devices was kind of a challenge because of the amount of file sharing that went on. That being said my router has a G radio and yours will have an N radio so yours will preform better.
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Originally Posted by Maximillian-E;15299078 
My home network has had no more than 6 Devices(4 laptops and 2 desktops) connected when I have brought friends over to complete school projects. Splitting the bandwidth between 6 devices was kind of a challenge because of the amount of file sharing that went on. That being said my router has a G radio and yours will have an N radio so yours will preform better.

Interesting info. Thanks!

Any others?
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We'll for my wireless, N-Lite(150Mbps), I get about 3 to maybe 4 clients connected before I get issues. This is due to pulling down, on average, 50Mbps each. Plus my ISP, for home use, is only 70Mbps. So no one is able to 'max' out anything.

I setup a wireless network a few years back for a local coffee shop and they had over 10 people connected at peak times during the day. This was just on a low end D-Link Wireless G router too.

It's all about traffic. If someone just checks their E-Mail. You could probably connect 50+ PCs. But if people are streaming music, movies or downloading. You get into single digits real fast!
    
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I only keep about 6 devices on mine as well. Since I seem to be the only one in my house that knows anything about networking, or computers for that matter, I take it upon myself to give myself high qos priveledges and everyone else accordingly. I am the only gamer, so it makes sense to make mine the highest while everyone else browses or does god knows what. I like to keep the cell phones on the lowest possible qos setting. Still don' understand why they are even on the network since they just sit on the table.

Computers other than mine are set on low as well, but a higher level of it since some web browsing is done. Depending on other peoples knowledge in your house, you might be able to pull off something similar.

TO answer your question directly, wireless routers can hold a lot of devices. Many can hold up to 50. Depends on your router. I wouldn't keep that many on it anyway. The less devices you have connected to it, the better. Cell phones dont make any sense unless you are trying to watch a video faster. Good luck keeping your router devices to a minimum.
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Are they noticing issues?

If it's that much of an issue, why not just buy a second router? Name the unit different and put it on a non-overlapping channel.
    
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