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Wired Router Slowdown of Comcast?

by jsivan / April 21, 2009 1:20 AM PDT

I have a Netgear FVS318 8 Port Router. I now have Comcast 16Meg Blast service. With my Laptop connected via ethernet directly to modem I get my 16Meg. With the Netgear in the loop I cannot get better than 8Meg.

My router is 4 years old. I have upgraded to latest firmware, still no higher speeds. Any recommendations on a wired or combo wired/wireless 8 port router that will not bog my speed down? I must have at least six ports; prefer eight.

I am looking at the Linksys BEFSR81. Any comments?

I want the 16 Meg I am paying for.

Plese help.

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That's not a router?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2009 1:30 AM PDT
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Thank you.
by jsivan / April 21, 2009 1:48 AM PDT
In reply to: That's not a router?

I do not need the firewall b/c I have Zone Alarm on my PC, should I buy a unit w/o a firewall or can I disable the firewall feature?

I need 8 ports and paid for speed more than anything.

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You're welcome.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2009 2:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you.

But I hope you would read this products manual and see if SPI and other things can be shutoff.

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Get both . . .
by Coryphaeus / April 21, 2009 11:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank you.

I have a D-link router and a D-link switch behind the router. The router assigns addresses and the switch connects the rest of my gear. And I have the Comcast Speed boost too with full speed.

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Slower throughput using firewall
by bkirby / April 27, 2009 5:47 PM PDT

Many consumer grade router/firewalls only have a 10BaseT port for WAN traffic which will limit you to the extra 6MB your connection states it can provide.

Most of these products were not built to handle higher loads. A consideration would be to get a firewall which is designed to handle these higher speeds such as SonicWall for example--bigger processor and more internal RAM.

Hardware-based firewalls are much faster analyzing packets than the software product ZoneAlarm. From a security standpoint, turning off SPI, IDS/IPS, and rule based filtering basically turns it into an expensive [routing] switch giving you no protection.

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Thanks, but I have solved the problem.
by jsivan / April 27, 2009 10:18 PM PDT

I had an extra Belkin Wireless G with 4 Ethernet ports. I tested it in the system and each port provided unrestricted throughput 14-18 Meg. I then checked the wireless portion...same result.

So now I have Apts 1, 2,3,4 on Ethernet getting 16Meg and I am the sole wireless client (super encrypted). Everyone is getting full speed. The only down sides are that I have no spare ports, which right now I do not need, and the antennas are not detachable for the addition of an external antenna.

The Belkin Model number is Belkin fsd 9231-4 v1.

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