02-01-2012 12:39 AM - edited 02-01-2012 12:41 AM
I have a WRT54GS, flashed to firmware v 1.52.8. It's been working fine up until a recent move. I set it up after I moved into my new place and got service connected (Comcast) and that's when I noticed the problem. I have a PC connected via CAT5 through the router and use the wireless access point for my laptop. In the past, my average download speed on torrents with decent seeds have been around 1.5 - 3 MB/s (yes, that's MBps not mbps... I know the difference) Recently however they are topping out at anywhere from 150 KBps to 250 KBps. Uploads are not affected... they seem to be averaging about the same. Additionally, while a torrent is downloading, web browsing/email/etc is not functional: everything times out in spite of QoS settings I have in place on the router to avoid these issues.
Initially I assumed it was my ISP throttling my connection--Comcast has been known to do this in the past, after all--but after testing at Glasnost reported no throttling by my ISP, I tested with the PC hooked directly to my cable modem. Result: sustained download speeds of 2.5 - 3 MB/s over the course of two test downloads (Ubuntu install ISO). During these downloads, I was able to browse to wesites without getting timeout errors like I do when behind the router. This pretty conclusively points to the WRT54GS as the source of my problem, so I'm wondering if anyone else has any suggestions for resolving this other than tossing the router and getting a new one.
EDIT: I should mention that I only torrent on the PC so this is not a wireless issue.
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02-03-2012 07:47 PM
That seems to have done the trick. IDK what caused it to stop working, but after the factory reset and putting my wireless settings back in again (plus port forwarding for my games and bittorrent) I'm able to stream video from Netflix while downloading a torrent at a reasonable speed and still click on web links and have them load. Thanks for the suggestion!