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Network performance with aging routers:
I have been running my ASUS RT-AC66U Router for the past 6 years or so. The past 4 years with a Comcast XFinity Cable internet connection that was giving me a maximum Download Speed of about 120 MBps and MAX Upload of about 10-12 MBps.
Lately, for the past few months, I have been having increasing problems with my radio, and other equipment on the network randomly disconnecting, bogging down, and having intermittent communications issues.
Last night I tested my network speed and only measured about 50-60 MBps.
This morning I replaced the aging ASUS with a new IQ Router IQRV3. It was reasonably priced ($119 plus tax at my favorite online retailer)
It only took about ten minutes to get it installed (Including winding three turns of the power cable through a MIIX-31 Ferrite Snap-on)
My Internet speed, tested with XFinity's SpeedTest jumped from my previous high of about 120 Mbps to 261.4 Mbps!
OOKLA says it is about 264.7
UPLOAD Speed on both is between 8-12, which is not great, but plenty good enough for SmartLink work!
My Buffer Bloat, measured from this website: https://www.waveform.com/tools/bufferbloat
after only about an hour with the IQ Router's automated Traffic Management system, I am getting this:
Heavily used equipment that is exposed to random static discharge via cable, phone or other outside lines DOES experience component and software deterioration, and performance can suffer. I had tried resetting the router, reloading firmware, and other things, which did not help.
If your network is getting "flakey" it may be your network equipment!
I had been contemplating updating my router for a couple of years, off and on.
All I can say now, it: "Why did I wait so long?"
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