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Hi folks.

These forums have offered me some stellar help in the past with some other queries, and I was hoping someone who knows a lot about routers and who is also a gamer might be able to help me out.

Here's the situation:

I live in the Philippines and I basically write about MMORPGs for added income, but to do that, I need to have a stable connection to the game. We use Sky Broadband here in the Philippines, and we have a 3 Mbps connection.

Thing is, I've recently noticed connectivity issues with a host of games, such as World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2. Sometimes, I'll just lag severely but be able to chat on World of Warcraft. Other times, I can log into character select, but trying to enter the game world sometimes forces a disconnect.

Now, if it was just one game, I'd understand, but since we're talking about at least two recent games (WoW had a big patch last week, and GW2 released on AUG 25), something might be wrong with my connectivity. I had someone from Sky Broadband to have a look at our modem, and the modem seems to be working normally. Tried some tests with and without the router while they were there, and when I directly connected to the modem, my download speed at speedtest.net when connecting to their servers gave me 2.88 Mbps, and it seems WoW played fine. Their recommendation: our family's router might need changing.

They left, I reconnected the router, and on a whim, I decided to try the speedtest to Skybroadband's servers again. 2.85 and 2.82 Mbps on two consecutive tests.

I don't know how to parse all this information, so I'll ask some questions.

1. Based on the information above, are the patches to the games causing something, or does my router need to be changed?
2. What would cause lagging and disconnecting in multiple games, other than connectivity issues or router problems?
3. Should I buy a new router?
4. If I should buy a new router, I can only really reliably get one from PC Express, which has a site at pcx.com.ph. Can you recommend a router from the list here (http://pcx.com.ph/networking/routers.html) that I can easily manage for my family? My dad will be paying for the router, but I have to be able to open ports up for games, so some degree of management would be good. I don't know what makes for a good router, and I'd really like to be informed. EDIT: If we can keep it under 4,500 pesos, I'd appreciate it. For reference, that's a little over 100 dollars. biggrin.gif

Thanks in advance to any answers that can help me out ! biggrin.gif

Second edit: Sorry, was doing some research.... What is TOMATO, and would that improve user experience if I bought something like an Asus router (got the idea from this post: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2012/06/because-everyone-still-needs-a-router.html)
Edited by iamstillwater - 9/4/12 at 9:59pm
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1. First off check if your Router has the QoS feature (Quality of Service) as especially it might help prioritize your Games if it is not enabled already.

2. The lagg and disconnecting might be somebody is using up all the bandwidth on your network so it really depends, also your ISP's routing could be bad.

3. Basically if your 3 megabit connection is being saturated you won't have much you can do about it, but if it isn't being saturated and your router can't take the load then maybe.

4. We'll see in the next couple posts to see if you need a new Router.

5. Tomato is a third party firmware usually offered for Routers that may have support. As it will bring enterprise features to the Router, and also is usually better than the stock firmware.
(Other firmwares include DD-WRT, Gargoyle, OpenWRT, and so on.)
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Hi there!

I probably should have mentioned the router model and firmware version. sorry about that.

It's a TRENDNET Wireless-N Broadband Router, TEW-631BRP. Firmware version is 1.0.3.5, 31 Oct 2007.


I checked the various pages on the router's IP Address Page, and I don't see anything about a QoS page. There is a gaming specific page available, but it's mostly for opening ports, as I understand it.

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