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My Linksys E2000 router seems to be restricting the bandwidth of my Virgin SuperHub. I have been using http://speedtest.net for my results.

Connected directly, the SuperHub gives me an almost consistent speed of 100Mb/s but connected in "Modem Mode", using the E2000 as the router/DHCP server, gives me a maximum speed of around 30-50Mb/s. The router was wired with a 1GB/s Ethernet connection on all tests, and I have eliminated any other device.

I'm assuming there is some sort of bottleneck in the E2000 but it's meant to be a high-end consumer router so I'm not sure why.

What could potentially cause this bottleneck and are there settings I could use to improve the bandwidth performance?

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Have you tried connecting your computer directly to the WAN port of the router and then inspecting the connection speed? Sometimes WAN specifications are different from LAN. –  hydroparadise Jul 25 '12 at 16:24
    
have you reset the firmware on the router? All of the ports are 10/100/1000 ports so there is no reason you should be getting a speed difference. –  Ramhound Jul 25 '12 at 16:30
    
using the exact same cables? –  Logman Jul 25 '12 at 16:30
    
@hydroparadise: No I haven't but I will try this –  Ryall Jul 25 '12 at 16:30
    
@Ramhound: Yes, tried stock, DD-WRT and Tomato USB –  Ryall Jul 25 '12 at 16:31

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Most consumer wireless routers (by this I specifically mean home gateways with integrated 802.11 access point functionality) take a significant performance hit when doing NAT gatewaying instead of simply bridging between WAN and LAN/WLAN.

Leave your SuperHub in "modem mode", put your E2000 into bridge mode (NAT off), give your LAN-side wired Ethernet client your public IP address, and re-run your test. You'll probably see it keep up with 100mbps no problem.

By the way, the E2000 was never a high-end consumer router. It was just a $79 band-selectable 2x2:2 in late 2010. For comparison, the $179 Apple AirPort Extreme had been simultaneous dual-band 3x3:3 since late 2009. The E2000 was a mid-range device with a $70 price point, and that $70 probably didn't buy enough CPU to do NAT and still keep up with 100mbps or 1gbps wire speeds.

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Thanks and good point. The AirPort Extreme seems to have a 1.2GHz CPU while the E2000 has a 354MHz CPU. Unfortunately, I need the NAT part of the router so I may have to just purchase a better one. Any recommendations (preferably DD-WRT and/or Tomato compatible)? –  Ryall Jul 26 '12 at 9:41
    
Seems DD-WRT has something to do with it too: dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=538399 –  Ryall Jul 26 '12 at 11:49
    
I ordered an Asus RT-N16 which has an extra 130MHz. The E2000 on 354MHz gets ~35Mbps on DD-WRT and ~85Mbps on Tomato. Hopefully this extra juice on the RT-N16 with Tomato will give me my full bandwidth and the features I need as well. Thanks for your answer, it helped me get to this point. –  Ryall Jul 26 '12 at 11:56

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