Best One Port Router?

December 22, 2010 at 13:55:06
Specs: Windows 7, 1.6 GHz / 1789 MB
I'm looking to update my household network. 99% of it for me is under control. My only remaining question is a very good yet inexpensive internet router.

My eyes right now are on the Cisco RVS4004 router. I don't need wireless as I have a POE wireless puck on my system, but specifically, I need something that won't crash constantly.

Currently I have an older Linksys WRT54G v.8, but with a couple of computers running torrents, 3 more computers accessing the internet, and a few other media and game centers running, the router tends to crash A LOT. My general understanding from the interweb is that it's a function of not enough RAM. Power on and off is the only way to get it to reset. Any other suggestions than the Cisco?

-Rack mount would be super sweet. But I can always just put it on my rack shelf for my cable modem.

-One port is enough. It's all going into a 24-port gigabit switch uplink. Nothing extra needed.

-Again, no need for wireless.

-Basic, one WAN port (no dual WAN redundancy stuff) one LAN as well
-DHCP server
-No need for USB's for NAS or printers
-Just basic port forwarding.
-Enough juice to run muliple connections...

TIA

Prestone683


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#1
December 22, 2010 at 14:36:11
My general understanding from the interweb is that it's a function of not enough RAM. Power on and off is the only way to get it to reset. Any other suggestions than the Cisco?

Interweb.....INTERWEB!?!?!?!?

Ummm, it's called the "Internet" bud, not interweb. Only who have no idea call it the interweb and whenever anybody does it, it makes them look foolish.

Whoever told you the router issues you're experiencing are "a function of not enough RAM. is a fool and an idiot.

The issue you describe is not uncommon and usually means one of several things:

1) You need to update the firmware on your router to the most recent.

If that doesn't fix the issue, and rebooting hasn't you can try:

2) Reset the router to factory defaults (how to do that is covered in the manual) and reconfigure it.

If neither 1 or 2 fix the issue, your router is failing (ie: hardware failure) and it needs to be replaced.

-Rack mount would be super sweet. But I can always just put it on my rack shelf for my cable modem.

They don't make SOHO Routers (SOHO = small office/home office) "rack mountable". For a rack mount router you'd need to spend a few thousand dollars and get a real router which for your setup isn't necessary unless you have money to throw away.

-Again, no need for wireless

You need not enable wireless. Just because a device has that capability does not mean you have to use it. If your best deal is a wireless capable router, you can always leave that feature disabled right.

-Basic, one WAN port (no dual WAN redundancy stuff) one LAN as well

Tha majority of SOHO Routers are single WAN port. Above you said, "a couple of computers running torrents, 3 more computers accessing the internet, and a few other media and game centers running" I'm guessing you also have a switch but if you don't mind some free advice, I'd buy a router with 4 LAN ports as versus a single LAN port. The cost will be the same but this gives you some room to expand in case you run out of ports on your switch or need to add another switch or router.

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.

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#2
December 22, 2010 at 14:45:49
Apparently you are upset I tried to be funny, calling it the interweb..

I have defaulted and updated firmware to the latest. Some people claim that OpenWRT, or DD-WRT makes things better, but not in my experience.

If my router is infact dying, which wouldn't surprise me for its 3+ hard years of work, I need a new one.

Lets try again, any recommendations on a replacement?


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#3
February 11, 2011 at 22:27:05
Not sure what Curt is talking about but I spend all day on the interweebs. :)

The problem is there is no market for a router as simple as the one you are describing. Businesses either want the VPN and multi-WAN capabilities and home users demand wifi capabilities. In your case I think your going to need to buy a wifi capable router and disable the wifi. I recommend checking the reviews at http://www.smallnetbuilder.com. If it were my network I would go with the netgear wndr3700 and just turn off the wifi. I have been using one at home for a while now and the improvement over my linksys 300N is huge. Whatever you pick make sure it is a gigabit router and supports jumbo frames to avoid a future bottle-neck on your network.


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#4
February 12, 2011 at 01:53:57
I surf the interweb all the time. I could not believe he was so upset about that.

Thank you. I found the RVS4004. Thought that sounded good. The point being that everything is either inside to inside, or inside to outside, and going out, can only be just so fast though... Friggin' slow ass cable speeds....


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