Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm considering upgrading my current DD-WRT micro equipped router to something more powerful. I am interested in a router than handle atleast double the amount of connections my router can currently (4096) to better handle BitTorrent traffic when it's maxing out my connection bandwidth (16mbps/2mbps). On top of that I would want to create a gigabit lan for streaming 1080P video throughout my home.

For this type of situation would a higher end consumer grade router be able to fit this bill with DD-WRT on it for tweaking settings, would I be better off looking at a commercial grade router, or what about building a linux machine to act as a router and use a switch in combination with that instead?

I'm looking for the most bang for my buck, since I'm sure that there are plenty of $1000+ commercial routers that could do everything I want but be overkill for my application.

share|improve this question

4 Answers 4

up vote 6 down vote accepted

Perhaps look into pfSense, m0n0wall, Smoothwall or Untangle - they are small router operating-systems, that run on regular (old/slow) PC hardware.

Any of these will handle a lot of connections, and can do pretty much anything you could wish from such a system (multi-connections with failover, QoS, intrusion detection, host/connection to VPNs etc etc)

share|improve this answer
1  
Untangle looks very nice especially with the amount of work they've put into the UI instead of having to manipulate everything in .conf files etc. –  Chris Marisic Jul 31 '09 at 14:45

You could try to find second-hand cisco routes on ebay?

A friend of mine used to find very good equipement sold there.

Just find a few models which meet your requirements and check their prices on ebay.

share|improve this answer
    
Do you or anyone have any opinions of the Cisco WRVS4400N, I attempted to find it's technical specifications on Cisco's website but couldn't so I sent them an email asking if it could support 20K connections. –  Chris Marisic Jul 20 '09 at 13:18

@dbr

I agree with your answer, and would also like to add to your list:

Untangled - http://www.untangle.com/home

share|improve this answer

The connection limit can be easily increased on your current DD-WRT. Did this myself - works on my Linksys WRT54-GS.

If you like DD-WRT, you could use the x86-Version on a small PC hardware (like ASRock ION).

share|improve this answer
    
I already had increased it from the few 100 it is by factory to 4096. –  Chris Marisic Oct 7 '09 at 19:04

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.