Help! need router recommendation

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by citylight104, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. citylight104

    citylight104 Guest

    right now im using dlink di-604. but it keeps losing internet
    connection. unplugging and replugging the power cord restores
    connection. i have 19 pc's and im also using a dlink 24 port switch
    and a cable modem (512kbps).

    i suspect the problem is that the router cant handle this number of
    pc's. im planning to add more pc's in the future. about 40 pc's all in
    all.

    Can anyone recommend a router that can handle this number of pc's?
    thanks in advance.
     
    citylight104, Mar 10, 2006
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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    You're going to have to leave the world of home routers and go into the
    world of expensive office routers. A cheaper alternative would be to
    setup a Linux PC and have it act as your Internet gateway. These home
    routers are barely able to handle one machine connected to it, let alone
    19, let alone 40. Their poor little internal processors are cheap and
    underpowered.

    Yousuf Khan
     
    Yousuf Khan, Mar 10, 2006
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  3. citylight104

    citylight104 Guest

    Thank you very much for the advice sir. You have given me a good
    starting point. I have been browsing the newsgroups for the past
    several days. Although i found terms like SOHO, and Enterprise routers,
    i didnt have an idea which of them would fit my needs. So i decided the
    post to this and other newsgroups. Your advice is very helpful to me.
    Thanks again
     
    citylight104, Mar 11, 2006
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    CJT Guest

    I think that's a bit overstated. The SOHO (Small Office, Home Office,
    for the benefit of the other poster) routers I've encountered are quite
    capable of handling a half dozen or so machines, even at fairly high
    load. Remember that, other than acting as a switch, their throughput
    will be limited by the WAN side.

    But I've never tried one with dozens of active machines. I suspect
    they'd overflow their NAT table before long.
     
    CJT, Mar 11, 2006
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  5. citylight104

    citylight104 Guest

    Thanks for that sir
     
    citylight104, Mar 23, 2006
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    Randy R Guest

    You need a switch, not a router. (You might need a router too.) A
    switch does the processing a lot faster.

    How does your network operate? Do the computers connect to each other
    to share files or do they just connect to the Internet.
    For mostly file sharing, a managed switch would help. I would recommend
    2 switches with a gigabit uplink between them. I am not sure how much a
    difference layer 2 switches would make as opposed to just managed
    switches.

    If all the machines mostly connect to the Internet, then you need a
    router capable of that many connections (but you don't need a router
    with that many ports.) It would be helpful (essential?) that you have a
    gigabit connection between the switch and the router.

    Randy R
     
    Randy R, Mar 29, 2006
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  7. citylight104

    citylight104 Guest

    All machines share files and connect to the internet. The LAN is fine.
    Its the internet that keeps disconnecting. And it affects all computers
    at the same time.
    I think your advice about the gigabit connection between the switch and
    the router is very good. I will look into that. Thanks
     
    citylight104, Apr 3, 2006
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