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I'm looking at wireless routers and i see that some boast features like QOS and the like to help with the sharing of bandwidth which some claim helps them avoid lag while gaming when there are downloads in the background or other computers connected to the router. True?

But my main concern, do any of the other specs help or hinder online/gaming performance such as processor mhz, etc..?

Basically will I experience any internet performance differences with a little $30 router with 200mhz processor, 16mb ram, and 4mb flash, or a $80 router with 480mhz processor, 128mb ram, and 32mb flash?
 
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Not really, if your have others in your house that is going to the internet than yes the spec would be important. A 200Mhz router is not going to fare well with 6 simultaneously of streaming YouTube videos.
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Router minimums for my taste are, and this assumes DD-WRT supports it.

RAM: 32MB
Flash: 4MB
CPU: 400Mhz

Mine is

RAM: 64MB
Flash: 8MB
CPU: 680MHz

You sure you listed the specs correct? 128MB RAM, 32MB flash...?
     
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The specs i listed were for the asus wl520gu (with dd-wrt gimps proc to 200mhz due to clock problem) vs the asus rt-n16.

Typically it will just be two comps on network at a time, most likely both gaming or one gaming and one doing stuff like youtube (gf haha).
Edited by rebelextrm02 - 2/14/10 at 9:20pm
 
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So for just two computers used mainly for gaming and occasional youtube videos I don't really need to discriminate between routers as long as it has QOS?
 
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post #6 of 9
did you ever figure out the answer for this? i got the same question.
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It depends.
For torrenting if you have two people at the same time both torrenting you will need more power.

One thing i've experienced is a bottleneck via the Router from WAN to LAN throughput where the Routers CPU is just not enough to plow through a 50 megabit connection.
I have a Netgear WNDR3700v2 /w 680mhz and 64MB of RAM, and a Linksys WRT54G @ 200mhz with 16MB of RAM.

I'd say if your internet connection is upwards of 25 megabits you should go for the higher processing power.

Also if you have QoS and about 20 megabits the Routers CPU starts to strain so it might be good to give it some extra headroom.
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most if not all router are made in china!one trick i suggest :do not buy a router made from china !
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It depends.
For torrenting if you have two people at the same time both torrenting you will need more power.
One thing i've experienced is a bottleneck via the Router from WAN to LAN throughput where the Routers CPU is just not enough to plow through a 50 megabit connection.
I have a Netgear WNDR3700v2 /w 680mhz and 64MB of RAM, and a Linksys WRT54G @ 200mhz with 16MB of RAM.
I'd say if your internet connection is upwards of 25 megabits you should go for the higher processing power.
Also if you have QoS and about 20 megabits the Routers CPU starts to strain so it might be good to give it some extra headroom.
idk what torrenting means or WAN or LAN, also i dont know how to check my megabits. my question is, when im gaming online, will it make me lag, or see stuff later than other people? im building a really high end pc soon, with a i7 3770k and a gtx 680, i have a pretty cheep router im guessing, its called a (westell versalink model 327W) its pretty old to.
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