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I'm trying to find a replacement for my ASUS WL500GP router.

Some constraints:

  • my ISP now provides 120 Mbit bandwidth - the router must be able to handle it
  • I have 3 computers and a laptop at home - the router must have at least 4 LAN ports and the WAN port
  • I need to be able to do the following in parallel:
    • use bittorrent with ~1000 connections
    • transfer files from one home computer to another at high speed
    • access one home computer from my workplace
  • I don't really need wireless
  • I don't really want two boxes to serve all these purposes.

So I was searching for a router with 1 Gbit ports, jumbo frame support and good reviews, but haven't really found a promising candidate so far.

Any suggestions?

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120 MBit bandwidth? Who's your ISP?! –  ephilip Nov 28 '09 at 13:12
    
It's UPC in Hungary. Their offer (in Hungarian, but you'll understand it I guess :-D): upc.hu/kabel-internet/fiber-power-120 –  Zizzencs Nov 28 '09 at 13:28
    
I can't read Hungarian, but I got the general gist of the page. I live in the US, and I'm stuck with 1.5Mbit/768Kbit DSL. –  ephilip Nov 29 '09 at 1:50
    
they don't include a router in the package ?! –  Revolter Nov 29 '09 at 10:10
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following models work for you

linksys-wrt610n -wrvs4400n rvs4000 - cheap

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the ASUS RT-N56U (or the 66) is the fastest home router on the market

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You require more than mass-market consumer hardware, so first stop looking at that market filled with attractive packaging and empty promises.

I filled similar requirement using a Fabiatech FX5624 which I acquired from Mini-ITX.com. It is wholly fanless and features 2xGb Ethernet + 4x100Mb Ethernet. I run it as a VLAN switch on the trunked Gb Ethernet ports, as a richly featured border router with my ISP on one 100Mb Ethernet port and it took all the network loads I could throw at it without a hitch. If you want even more Gigabit Ethernet ports, the Fabiatech FX5625 has eight of them. I run Debian on that host and I get it to do anything I can imagine - I love networking with Debian !

But building a router from scratch with Debian may not be your cup of tea. So if you require solid performance from something that will work out of the box, take a look at products from Mikrotik, such as the RB2011L series - the OS is proprietary but that is probably what I would choose if I had to deploy a packaged solution in a hurry - I particularly like how they are transparent about the hardware's performance and the OS's functionnality.

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