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Can you please suggest what should I do to increase my internet speed per PC?

My details: I have 6 Macs and 10 PC/Laptops in my office. We have a 12 MBPS internet plan. We have a Wireless router through which we connect to the LAN. Although there are 16 devices, the DHCP Client list of the router shows more than 25 devices. That is because we run Android emulators as well and also iPhone, iPad, etc.

In this setup, can you please suggest what should we do to increase Office internet speed?

Please let me know.

Thanks!

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unless your a room full of geeks, 12mbs should do 25+ people fine. I would suggest upgrading your router to a microtik board. It will do better with the amount of devices you have connected. –  dashboard Apr 6 '13 at 1:48
    
What is a microtik board? And which routers have it? –  meetpd Apr 6 '13 at 1:49
    
you can see what mikrotik is here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MikroTik you can see some of their products here: mikrotik.com for you ide reccomend this board: routerboard.com/RB2011UAS-2HnD-IN –  dashboard Apr 6 '13 at 1:53
    
Apart from replacing the router, is there anything I can do in my network setup? –  meetpd Apr 6 '13 at 1:57
    
You have joined Server Fault, would not this Q be on topic there? –  pnuts Apr 6 '13 at 1:59
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QOS (quality of service) You can prioritize your internet so the right people and/or websites will be given priority over other users.

a Caching server.
It stores downloaded files so when another PC access the same file it just retrieves it locally instead of downloading again. Take for instance Windows Updates, MAC OS updates, and android updates. Also if 10 people visit the same website the 1st user downloads it and the other 9 get it from the local caching server.

Do multiple users download the same files? If yes, maybe a file server to store common files so 1 user downloads it and everyone has access.

I would have to know more about the kinds and types of things downloaded to help further. How much is website viewing? How much is streaming content? What types of services are used http,ftp,ssh, or etc?

If you physically have 12mb/s that is all you have, but the above techniques will help you use it more efficiently and have more effective bandwidth.

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How can setup a caching server? Are there any good software available for that? –  meetpd Apr 6 '13 at 5:40
    
Yes. squid-cache.org Take spare computer load some kind of linux on it, and then install the above package, or if the distro includes it use the included one. Set the computer with a static IP. Finally set up proxy on all your computers and give it the new proxy/caching server ip address. See also visolve.com/squid/sqguide.php The more hard drive available the more will be cached the less you download. –  cybernard Apr 6 '13 at 15:40
    
If you main router is not gigabit you should consider upgrading it because 100mbit= approx max 12mb/s and gigabit = approx max of 125mb/s. Also if the caching server PC does not have gigabit get it a gigabit NIC for the same reason. –  cybernard Apr 6 '13 at 15:56
    
I used Squid on windows 7 and here are the links that I found useful: –  meetpd Apr 7 '13 at 3:05
    
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