Solved how many devices can connect to one router

February 12, 2011 at 01:13:15
Specs: Windows 7

I have 3 laptops, 2 tivos, wii, ipad, i touch, etc..... how many items can connect to one router without drops outs? My internet keeps dropping off since my last device connected to my wireless home network and we have to keep hitting the reset button. Do different routers support more devices than others?

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February 14, 2011 at 07:56:34

I have 3 laptops, 2 tivos, wii, ipad, i touch, etc..... how many items can connect to one router without drops outs?

It's been my experience you don't want any more than about 10 wireless clients connected to any one wireless router/access point at a time. The problem being, you reach a saturation point wherein a new client attempts to connect to the WLAN through the router/AP and disconnects someone who's already connected and you end up in a loop of people being dropped, then trying to reconnect and thus dropping someone else.

In combination, I would suspect 10 of each wired/wireless. Wired only, I wouldn't exceed 20.

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February 12, 2011 at 05:39:26

I would suggest to take a look at the manufacturers home page for the latest firmware for your router.

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February 12, 2011 at 08:21:07

Hopefully by "reset" you mean you were just power cycling it not reseting it back to factory defaults.

Most soho router do up to 254 connections supposedly but I have never seen that many devices on one.

Sounds like its time to replace the unit.

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February 12, 2011 at 10:14:28

254 is the theoretical maximum. If you go anywhere near that number is wouldn't cause dropouts, things would just get painfully slow. A large number of devices my cause a time-out when a server gives up becasue there is a delay in a response from the client.

You need to determine whether it is actually a drop-out or a time-out.

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February 14, 2011 at 07:56:34
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I have 3 laptops, 2 tivos, wii, ipad, i touch, etc..... how many items can connect to one router without drops outs?

It's been my experience you don't want any more than about 10 wireless clients connected to any one wireless router/access point at a time. The problem being, you reach a saturation point wherein a new client attempts to connect to the WLAN through the router/AP and disconnects someone who's already connected and you end up in a loop of people being dropped, then trying to reconnect and thus dropping someone else.

In combination, I would suspect 10 of each wired/wireless. Wired only, I wouldn't exceed 20.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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