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Last lan I hosted, I had 10+ people over, so I had the network set up like this:

Using the wrt54G for the DCHP and the internet, but since it is only 100mbit, did not use it for directly connecting any of the computers together, and I hooked the switches to each other so people on both switches can access the other at 1gbps. inter-network, the speeds were fine, but when accessing the internet, it was horribly slow, taking like 3 mins to open up google, even though nobody was using the internet actively.

Then i read duckieho's post about custom routers, and wondered if I could set one up like so:
having 3 gigabit nics on the custom, so each switch can plug directly into the router, and hopefully this will alleviate the slow internet problem.

Will this setup: 1) work? 2) fix the slow internet?
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1. I think you will have to link the 2 switches together like the first one. If you have 3 nic cards, it wants one to be DMZ. I'm not sure if you can change that.
2. You could always give it a try and if it don't work, put the router back.
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1. I think you will have to link the 2 switches together like the first one. If you have 3 nic cards, it wants one to be DMZ. I'm not sure if you can change that.
2. You could always give it a try and if it don't work, put the router back.
Using a software router/gateway package like Untangle will allow you to configure your NICs however you like so you should be fine.

So...
1. Yes
2. Hell yes

Thinking more about this, your original config should have worked fine something must have been either misconfigured on the WRT54G or it was having issues. Were you just plugging the two switches together using standard ports? Could you configure the switches to have a trunk port?

What version is your WRT54G? You should check out DD-WRT. Also, what is the model of those switches?
Edited by gnomepunk - 12/17/08 at 7:21pm
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Using a software router/gateway package like Untangle will allow you to configure your NICs however you like so you should be fine.

So...
1. Yes
2. Hell yes

Thinking more about this, your original config should have worked fine something must have been either misconfigured on the WRT54G or it was having issues. Were you just plugging the two switches together using standard ports? Could you configure the switches to have a trunk port?

What version is your WRT54G? You should check out DD-WRT. Also, what is the model of those switches?

Untangle isn't designed to be a switch so I am not sure if it will support multiple non-DMZ NICs. However, there are distros that will do just that. I think Smoothwall will.

Also, I don't think you need your router to act as a switch anyway. A switch doesn't give priority to its own packets bridged packets. I say do the original setup and maybe use a dedicated router build.
Edited by DuckieHo - 12/17/08 at 7:30pm
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I'm using DD-WRT micro version, because mine is v8. so less ram/flash space.

And i'm flexible, and will probably be trying diffrent OS's for the custom router.

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Also, I don't think you need your router to act as a switch anyway. A switch doesn't give priority to its own packets bridged packets. I say do the original setup and maybe use a dedicated router build.
I did it that way to free up an additional port on the switch, but i'll test both ways.

Edit:
One is a linksys "Gigabit 5-Port Workstation"

the other is an 8 port trendnet gigabit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817111479
Edited by TheSubtleKnife - 12/17/08 at 7:46pm
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I did it that way to free up an additional port on the switch, but i'll test both ways.
You might be interested in a sale on D-Link switches at Newegg. 5-port Gb one is $15 AR and a 8-port Gb one is $35 AR.
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You might be interested in a sale on D-Link switches at Newegg. 5-port Gb one is $15 AR and a 8-port Gb one is $35 AR.
So stringing them end to end is better than directly from the router?
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So stringing them end to end is better than directly from the router?
It makes no difference if you string them together or from the router individually, the only reason to have multiple nics and switches in the router is if you want to have separate networks on different sub nets, or if you want one of your networks to be dmz etc. Stringing them together won't make it slower then running them from the router.
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Oh, okay, sweet. One last question. Woudnt having more than 1 gigabit NIC on the PCI bus max it out, since gigabit is 125mb/s and PCI is 133mb/s? I mean even if it has to halve it to share over two, its still faster than a 100mbps connection so.....
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Oh, okay, sweet. One last question. Woudnt having more than 1 gigabit NIC on the PCI bus max it out, since gigabit is 125mb/s and PCI is 133mb/s? I mean even if it has to halve it to share over two, its still faster than a 100mbps connection so.....
Can you get a x1 PCIe NIC?
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