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So recently i had to go fix a network in an apartment, and i had everything running alright again. Some kid was messing with the wires trying to "fix" their stability issue. Anyhow i got everything rewired correctly and now that its all back up and running they are still having issues with the internet dropping out randomly. I believe its because the network is being over ran but im not sure... Im still an armature networker trying to learn.

I took the liberty of drawing this epic picture of the apartments topology with the devices speeds next to them, keep in mind i didnt set this up im just working on it cause the lady knows me.

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They say the network drops on the weekend mostly. So im assuming its when everyone is connecting all at once, there are alot of kids playing xbox and ps3 in the apartment, its a college dorm. So there is anywhere from 15-20 devices connected at one time.

Questions:
- Would upgrading the routers to N routers and to a stronger modem help with stability?
- Will these routers drop connection if to much is trying to connect?
- Is the G routers and G modem (The modem says G on it, assuming its because it has wireless capabilities) going to bottle neck the network?

I appreciate any tips, tricks, and advice. Thanks!
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You connection will slow down if there is a lot of people who connects on your router.. Does your connection stays private or you want to share it at all? if it is private try to set a password on the router so that other can't access and block you connection biggrin.gif

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You connection will slow down if there is a lot of people who connects on your router.. Does your connection stays private or you want to share it at all? if it is private try to set a password on the router so that other can't access and block you connection biggrin.gif
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Not really his router, its the Dorm's.

Anyhow, i'm guessing when you say the routers are G, you are saying that people are connecting wirelessly to em. If so that doesn't really tell what the routers port speeds are like the switches. So that info would help us. Though i would guess its a 10/100 or a 10/100/1000.

But if they are connecting wirelessly, i would say yes getting some N routers would help a little.

What is the bandwidth package coming into the building from the ISP?
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I will have to check what the bandwidth package is from the ISP, that im not sure of. I wanted to investigate some more on it. And to answer the first question it is already set up to a password. I understand that it will slow down with more connections, but will it cause it to drop connections if its to bogged down.
post #5 of 12
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Also they are just plain household routers from walmart, the network was intended for school work and browsing when it was made. However a ton of the kids play online games and it hogs the bandwidth from those doing homework. Ive set some QoS rules to the ports that xbox and ps3 use, but im not sure how well they are working.
post #6 of 12
replace the main router with one with more reliability. A WNR3500L would be the best, just install dd-wrt and never worry about it again. setup a QoS to make sure no one can rape the connection. Though I used to have the wnr2000v2 with dd-wrt as my main router and it was super stable, I would max out the number of connections and put heavy traffic on the switch and the thing doesnt skip a beat. Also if the modem is a cable modem, switching it out for a docsis 3.0 could really help. I replaced the one we rent from charter that uses docsis 2 for brand new docsis 3.0 Motorola modem. I went from 20mbps speed test (downloads avg around 2.1MB/s) to a speedtest of 32mbps (downloads avg around 3.2MB/s), note that we only pay for 18mbps.

Also I would just set the g routers as AP (turn off dhcp) and let the main router do the DHCP for everyone, unless you do it that way for security reasons. But get rid of the main router if you have to reboot it a lot. Can you list the hardware that is in place? Also you can set your wireless ap's to max out at a certain data stream, really all they need is 11mbps if not less.
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post #7 of 12
What Dzilla said, set up a good QoS or replace the main router which is handing out dhcp with one that does QoS properly. People are probably being dropped from lack of bandwidth.
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post #8 of 12
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replace the main router with one with more reliability. A WNR3500L would be the best, just install dd-wrt and never worry about it again. setup a QoS to make sure no one can rape the connection. Though I used to have the wnr2000v2 with dd-wrt as my main router and it was super stable, I would max out the number of connections and put heavy traffic on the switch and the thing doesnt skip a beat. Also if the modem is a cable modem, switching it out for a docsis 3.0 could really help. I replaced the one we rent from charter that uses docsis 2 for brand new docsis 3.0 Motorola modem. I went from 20mbps speed test (downloads avg around 2.1MB/s) to a speedtest of 32mbps (downloads avg around 3.2MB/s), note that we only pay for 18mbps.
Also I would just set the g routers as AP (turn off dhcp) and let the main router do the DHCP for everyone, unless you do it that way for security reasons. But get rid of the main router if you have to reboot it a lot. Can you list the hardware that is in place? Also you can set your wireless ap's to max out at a certain data stream, really all they need is 11mbps if not less.

I will have to go get the specifications on the devices in place, i dont know off the top of the head. Although i do know the G routers are pretty old. And i will take DHCP off the AP's, i didnt set this network up, im just here to help and make sure these kids can pwn noobs day in day out haha. I will have to do a little more in depth research, i will keep this thread posted. I appreciate your information, greatly.
post #9 of 12
Well with some Routers they cannot handle the load given to them. I've had drops on my own Router with a few clients torrenting and others gaming all on that one Router.

Basically with 10-15 people connected to one Router it cannot handle the load..

If the main Router is just a home Router having it connected in a dorm with packets swarming everywhere can be a problem.
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So what kind of main router would you recommend me getting to handle such traffic?
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