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Once I get verizon fios I'm intending on hosting a game server with it. The issue at this point would be latency. Since I'm not hosting in a data center there is bound to be far more latency then normal. That being said, I would like to narrow that down as much as possible.

I would like to have up to around ten or more ports to connect computers to, since I do have various game consoles just sitting around that I do tend to connect to my current router. I would prefer to do this without having a router and then a switch or two.

To reduce latency on my end as much as possible, removing the router from the picture could be a very good idea. I was thinking about setting up a dedicated smoothwall firewall to protect my network and open the correct ports I'm going to use. Then send traffic out to a switch and then down to the rest of the network.

Will this be a efficient way of reducing the latency, or should I just stick with router:switch:network?. Or perhaps give up both the router and firewall, and then stick with just the switch?.

It's not just about latency though. It's also about security. I would prefer a setup that would reduce the latency, but not security on the network. If the security has to be downgraded though, thats fine to. I could just install a firewall on ever single server and computer, minus the consoles.
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The latency for your typical home router (running DD-WRT) is <1ms. It's probably not worth worrying about.

FiOS itself isn't too bad in the latency department, I hear.
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That's not the only reason I'm asking - I hate my damn router and would like something thats faster and - frankly - better.
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post #4 of 19
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That's not the only reason I'm asking - I hate my damn router and would like something thats faster and - frankly - better.
What have you got? If it's compatible with DD-WRT then that may solve a whole lot of problems for you.
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post #5 of 19
what router is it!
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That's not the only reason I'm asking - I hate my damn router and would like something thats faster and - frankly - better.
You could setup a linux machine and pretty much have a better router then anything you could buy other then enterprise cisco stuff, I'm working on throwing together a guide for the router/firewall/dhcp config that I have on my linux box, just having problems remoting into the stupid thing which has been taking up most of my time, that and work.
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I have a netgear WBR-2310 version A1
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Without a router, how would all your systems connect to the Internet?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunrex View Post
I have a netgear WBR-2310 version A1
Netgear? You sure it isn't a D-Link? Go take another look.

The D-Link WBR-2310 is listed on the DD-WRT "absolutely doesn't work" list. Time to go buy another router.
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post #10 of 19
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It is a D-Link. Not to sure what the difference is though. DHCP?.

Edit: Thats the thing though. If I have to buy a new router, I would rather get a switch. Though I am unsure about what the difference is between a router and a switch besides the switch having far more ports... my understanding thus far is a router does far more with the packets then a switch. But, I really don't need all the features of a router. (I never have owned a switch before)
Edited by Sunrex - 12/17/08 at 6:25am
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