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Karlo

@180.191.192.x

Routers Newbie

Hello everyone!

I am planning to buy my first and official router. I am currently a modem+router from my provider. It's a Prolink 5001N. It's already my 3rd or 4th modem. I always request a change of modem since the modem is really not compatible with Apple devices. Whenever I try to download something using my iPad, the download speed slows down, it's intermittent and it's not getting all of the bandwidth available. All of the devices that was given to me by my ISP are all Prolink devices. Probably because Prolink does not meet the standards in WiFi signal broadcasting. That's why I am planning to buy a router.

By the way, the latest device from my ISP has this Multi-SSID feature which I find it awesome. Because just by creating a special access point for some users who connects to my network, I can set them all to low priority in the QoS settings. I hope commercial routers have that feature.

Anyway, I heard Linksys routers and Asus routers are the best specially when both of them uses a custom firmware. So what firmware to use? I heard there are a lot of custom firmwares out there. And some of them can have programmable scripts.

Well, I basically wanna have a QoS where in, of course, basing from the SSID where the user or users are connected to, they will all be in low priority. Torrents are blocked. Not just port blocking. But a different method or algorithm that can block torrents. Also, something that detects if a user is downloading something or some stuff online for 15-30 seconds straight, it will automatically decrease the speed and just give 5-10 percent of the available bandwidth. I think it's useful for video streaming. However if the router detects something that is downloading and uploading at the same time, it means someone's video conferencing, automatically that user or those users will get all of the available bandwidth.

If possible, an added bonus, if a user visits a site that allows them to watch previous episodes of some TV Series, they are only allowed to watch a maximum of 1 hour of videos from that site per day. Is it possible?

Oh yeah, a router that supports Wireless N and 2.4 Ghz or 5Ghz would be great and a wide-range router. Something that goes through walls.

Another thing, for sure Linksys routers, well for sure they meet the so-called standards so I am definitely sure Apple products will love them. How about Asus routers? Is it also possible, when broadcasting multiple virutal SSIDs, can I set a different DNS server per virtual SSIDs?

Thanks and waiting for all of your replies.


Anav
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What, no instant hot chocolate maker?? I know Santa wants that with his router.

Seriously, as some may perceive you have asked for perhaps outrageous conditions-functionality, I applaud your attempt at least to describe requirements prior to purchase. Most buy then miraculously come up with new ways they would like to use the router...... Kudos for thinking ahead.

For starters you need to consider three options.

a. buying a consumer router and using third partyfirmware
b. buying a business class router
c. buying a computer type setup and running a software router (Pfsense etc).

A. is somewhere in between B and C. It will be cheaper than a business class router and the functionality will depend upon the third party firmware you decide to load. There will be some work to set it up and some features may work better than others.
B is most expensive but probably easiest to setup and will be robust within the features it has. Technical support is provided, your not on your own. Documentation (user guides) is usually good.
C is cheapest but will take the most time to setup, and there will be a programming learning curve but will probably be the best solution that meets most of your requirements and for the cheapest price.



Brano
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reply to Karlo
Go with a router that is compatible with open-source firmwares such as dd-wrt, open-wrt, tomato, ... (if it's compatible with one it's almost certainly with all others).

Good not too expensive (dual band, gigabit) dd-wrt compatible »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···33122470
...there are many more, just search (this one will meet all your needs)

HELLFIRE
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reply to Karlo
First place I'd look if you're doing this for the first time is here

said by Karlo :

Probably because Prolink does not meet the standards in WiFi signal broadcasting.

Not sure what you mean by this, but tf a device has a "Wifi Certified logo" on it, it meets a certain set of standards as set out
by the WIFI Alliance.

said by Karlo :

So what firmware to use? I heard there are a lot of custom firmwares out there. And some of them can have programmable scripts.

Look up Tomato, DD-WRT, and similar. Be prepared for a fair bit of reading and DIY to start.

said by Karlo :

Not just port blocking. But a different method or algorithm that can block torrents.

said by Karlo :

Also, something that detects if a user is downloading something or some stuff online for 15-30 seconds straight, it will automatically decrease the speed and just give 5-10 percent of the available bandwidth.

said by Karlo :

If possible, an added bonus, if a user visits a site that allows them to watch previous episodes of some TV Series, they are only allowed to watch a maximum of 1 hour of videos from that site per day. Is it possible?

Request #1 is not possible with stock firmware, and likely not available on custom firmware either.
Request #2 and #3 is most definately not available, even on high end enterprise gear.

said by Karlo :

Something that goes through walls.

2.4 and 5 ghz already go through walls. It just depends on the construction materials. Wood, generally speaking,
is more "transparent" to radio waves than say concrete.

said by Karlo :

Is it also possible, when broadcasting multiple virutal SSIDs, can I set a different DNS server per virtual SSIDs?

Again depends on the firmware used. I've personally never used custom firmware like Tomato and DD-WRT,
so I couldn't directly comment.

Regards
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