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Alright so my friend called me and told me the owner of his apartment needs a new router replaced. The one she has cannot handle the traffic is what her ISP told her. The main router needs replaced, it burnt out. The main router will branch out to two repeaters, which she already has, i believe they are just two more routers. Her spending limit is $200 dollars. What would you guys recommend i buy for a router? It only needs to support up at 15 connections at max. Also i need to split the connection so that people doing homework are not being bogged down by those who are downloading torrents and gaming on xbox and PS3. How would i do this, i assume i will have to configure the router to give higher priority over things like port 80 for those doing homework. But is there a more specific way? Are there any better ways to do this other then QoS?

To sum it up:
She wants traffic split between those doing homework, and those who are gaming.
About 10-15 connections at a time. Sometime as few as 5.
Need to repeat the connection.
post #2 of 21
So basically you just need a router with more than 2 ports, some sort of QoS and have the ability to handle the traffic.

Are you looking for commercial router or domestic? (Something like a cisco 1760, or a ISR like cisco WRT300N)
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Im looking for something like a small office router, that can support a little more then the average joe home router. And i assume ill have to be setting up some QoS rules for the ports that apply to xbox and ps3 gaming online. Lowering it below the average ports, like 80. Also set rules to lower torrenting traffic.
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Im looking for something like a small office router, that can support a little more then the average joe home router. And i assume ill have to be setting up some QoS rules for the ports that apply to xbox and ps3 gaming online. Lowering it below the average ports, like 80. Also set rules to lower torrenting traffic.


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Are you looking for commercial router or domestic? (Something like a cisco 1760, or a ISR like cisco WRT300N)

More along the lines of a nice domestic router, they normally can handle up to 253 connections, well over what i need. And ill go with a 5Ghz so i get more channels to run on. Im trying to get this as optimized as possible to get the most out of her internet connection.
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More along the lines of a nice domestic router, they normally can handle up to 253 connections, well over what i need. And ill go with a 5Ghz so i get more channels to run on. Im trying to get this as optimized as possible to get the most out of her internet connection.

Um...what?
    
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You sure you know what you're doing?

I think he means useing QOS to lower the speed not the ports,

Nad how large a plac eis this to have a router + 2 repeaters =IO
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Um...what?

5Ghz has more channels then a 2.4Ghz, and from my understanding it helps with load balancing on channels, thats if its configured to auto select best channels for devices connecting, but from all ive seen every router comes default as auto.
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You sure you know what you're doing?

Hope so, correct me if im wrong. ; ) but i want port 80 (default port for browsers) to have higher prioritization then the ports things like xbox and ps3 run on.
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Well a Cisco WRT300N is the second best domestic router Cisco have available (The model above only having the ability of 2 separate wireless networks).
I know it has some sort of QoS but not exactly sure how good it is.
It can handle both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz.
I'm pretty sure it can handle the traffic as I am also using a Stock router supplied by Sky and i'm running 15 odd devices of it at times.

Take a look on the Cisco website thumb.gif Let us know what you think
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