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Hi All,

There was an advertising post on this sub today which was removed in line with our ad rules.

I'd just like to remind everyone of those rules as there were some questions in the reports:

Firstly, we are running an advertising trial in this thread:

If you want to advertise in this sub, you have less than a month left on the 6-month trial before the thread locks to post in that thread.

Secondly, outside of the above thread, advertising is not permitted anywhere on this sub unless you are replying with a specific recommendation of a device in answer to a question. That recommendation must be relevant to the question.

Thirdly, as the advertising trial is almost over, we do not yet have an official position on advertising in general. However, with the lack of interest in the advertising thread in general I think it's fairly safe to say that our policy will be that advertising is not in the general interests of the sub and will be completely banned.

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I was just suddenly required to agree to some TOS for my Spectrum home internet service (after around a month of problem-free usage), and I decided to take a quick look. Under section 2, subsection j in the acceptable use policy, it seems like they disallow use of VPNs and speed testing.

Is this an accurate interpretation? Besides the obvious reasons for wanting to use these tools, it's especially problematic for me because I have to use a company VPN to work remotely.

EDIT: Thank you to everyone for the answers, much appreciated.


I am moving so perfect time to buy something!

I’m looking at a DOCSIS 3.1 32x8 SB8200 or CB8200 (used).

This will run directly into an ASUS RT-AC3200 and then CAT6/7 to two PCs, an Xbox, and then a third PC which I’m setting up as a sorta server. Wirelessly connect a printer, two phones, and a tablet.

The family will often stream to multiple devices simultaneously, plus/or a video game.

Current subscription is 1gbps from Spectrum (FiOS fiber is not available).

Does anyone see a problem, bottleneck, or overkill? Will these modems be “future proof” for the next few years?



I have a setup that worked well for me for the longest time.

Modem -> Router -> HP 1820-48G Switch

A few days ago I tried adding an unmanaged switch DES-1016D to the network, so now it looks like

Modem -> Router -> HP 1820-48G Switch -> DES-1016D Switch

Due to physical constraint it is much easier to connect DES-1016D to 1820-48G. However, I have already noticed a few instances where the network become extremely congested. The pingplotter graph would show a packet making it through only every 5-10 seconds. Disconnecting the DES-1016D solves this problem completely. I suspect that adding it causes some sort of loop which congests the network. Could anyone recommend a solution?

1) 1820-48G does have spanning tree and loop protection feature. Should I enable any of these (or both)?

2) DES-1016D on the other hand seems to be un-configurable.

3) Would connecting DES-1016D directly to router be another way to solve the problem? Ideally I want to avoid this as router is quite far away.


I am looking to extend my wireless to another house on my property. I am trying to find something like an indoor wifi extender but outdoor rated and that doesn't need poe. i have uploaded a pic of the distance i am trying to cover, i also put a red dot on the place i was thinking about putting the extender as it has power but no ethernet or internet.

would be open to other solutions


Current situation:

  1. I have an Asus RT-AC66U router as the main router, with power line Ethernet connecting a TP Link Archer C8 as an AP.

  2. I live in a relatively small medium sized apartment in Hong Kong, so the range of WiFi isn't as important.

  3. However, since I live in an apartment, there is quite a lot of interference on the 2.4 GHz band. Fortunately the router and the AP provided stromg 5 GHz coverage everywhere.

  4. I know power line performs much worse than direct wiring, but it simply isn't possible. I get around 120Mbps over power line.


I get a 500/500 Mbps connection directly connected to the fibre modem, but recently the Asus router began acting up, only giving me less than 100Mbps download and upload speeds. I suspect it is overheating, and now have two CPU heatsinks on top of it as well as a fan blowing on it.


Being able to host a VPN that runs at higher than 10Mpbs even with 4 concurrent connected devices is hugely important, as my family goes to China semi-frequently. Right now I have a OPENVPN server hosted on the Asus router, but with its single core CPU, it's choking even with only 1 device connected, barely able to provide 10Mbps. Apple devices must be able to connect to it.


  1. Synology RT2600AC

  2. Asus RT-AC3200

  3. TP-Link Archer C3200

  4. Asus RT-AC88U

(As much as I want to run ubiquiti or pfsense, right now it's simply not possible)

Rationale (From what I've read on small net builder or personal experience):

  1. Has a really good GUI, with a lot of support for different VPNs, as well as monitoring options, including DPI.

  2. Similar price point, but has better WiFi range. CPU seems similar, though lacks VPN features.

  3. Similar/ cheaper price point, supports 10 IPsec VPN clients, seems less likely to overheat due to larger size.

  4. More expensive, but has 8 LAN ports. I've tested its IPsec VPN performance, and I got around 60Mbps, stable.

Congratulations for getting through that text!

TLDR: Current router is overheating and dying, VPN performance is not enough. Looking for a router with good VPN performance, WiFi strength isn't too important. Internet speed: 500/500Mbps. Price range: 150-200 USD


[Product Recommendation]

Hey all, this may not be your ordinary r/HomeNetworking post but I wanted to help any home/commercial networks that are in need of a consistent wall plate for their network jacks. I've been looking around online for a few years now trying to find wall plates with window IDs but the only ones I found were either specific branded jacks you had to use in the plate or it was keystone but overpriced. However, I found a really good deal on Amazon. The company "TekTel" sells these and is a Logico brand. They're selling a 25 pack for only $13.

I found it hard to believe, but I had nothing to lose so I ordered it and I was pleased. TekTel does not endorse this post or pay me to do this, I wanted to get the word out about these wall plates to make them more popular on the market. I don't wanna see them go.

I believe the "ref" in the URL stands for referral, if that's the case please remove that. I want to prove that I am not gaining anything from posting this. I have read the community rules, this is simply a recommendation. I do not believe it breaks the advertising rules.

Amazon Link


So I need a router for FiOS gigabit. I want the best rang for wifi and speeds. I'm deciding between Linksys EA9500 AC5400, NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 AD7200, Asus AC5300


I was going to write a longer post but basically this. I have a tiny apt, I have basically a gaming/media computer and a cell phone but I have a lot of electrical interference where I live, so I want a great Gb Lan connection, and I need enough wi-fi to stream youtube or music from about 10 feet away on my phone.

Why does this look like the only router on the market that specifically does what I want, and, why is it so expensive? I'm probably going to buy an AC1200 style router or an Archer C7 if I can find one because they're the cheapest Gb lan routers that fit my budget but that just seems like way more power than I need and I feel like I'll be adding wi-fi coverage to the parking lot, and why does the (apparently) more powerful router cost less? Is it cheap? Is it going to break on me and I'll need to buy a new one in 6 months? Because I can't afford to do that. Also, how much more are these bigger routers going to impact my electrical bill? How much extra heat are they doing to dump in my already stuffy apt?

Are there any other small, efficient, reasonably priced and not super-rare-order-from-Japan-at-first-light-three-days-after-the-new-moon routers that I could theoretically find on a store shelf in small town midwestern america?


I have very basic networking knowledge. I am planning to build a PC and have it located in my room which is technically the opposite side of my 180m2 apartment. My room usually doesn't get any wifi coverage from the router I have installed. I'm currently going to upgrade to a VDSL connection (no fiber here unfortunately) and I'm going to need a new router anyway because the one I have doesn't support VDSL.

So, what networking solution do you guys recommend or should I just extend a cable from the router's location all the way to my room and go with the router my ISP is trying to sell me (Huawei HG630 or HG633)

Edit: the internet speed I'm upgrading to is going to be a 25Mbps up and 10Mbps down if that matters

Edit 2: I don't have a specific budget but as long as it's reasonable for the offerings, I'll accept it



1.Modem location has 2 LAN wired to 2 separate locations in house.

2.Plans to install 2 wifi router 1 at each LAN Port.

3.Would like to avoid disconnect/reconnecting between the 2 wifi routers when moving around the house.

Is this possible? pretty much trying like trying to set up 1 of the wi-fi router as signal booster/extender?


For whatever reason, the my internet went wonky several hours ago. My phone no longer worked on WIFI and my laptop (wired connection) could not connect to normal websites(no reddit or any websites found through google search) with the exception youtube, gmail, and google search itself which still worked. After looking online, i found the solution to disable ipv6 and now it works after restarting the router.

So why did I have to disable ipv6? Why did my internet suddenly stop working correctly?


I'm a current ATT gigabit costumer who doesn't want to use their gbw210-700 all in one router and wants to up his wifi speeds to almost giga bit levels.

Atm if I use ethernet from the gbw200 I get upwards of 600mbps up and down, so wired isn't too bad. I want to separate my wired and wireless to increase my wifi speeds.

Currently my set up is:

Gbw210-700(in ip pass-through) -> asus R7500v2 (with almost all extra features turned off.)

The R7500v2 gets 300+ up and down (top is like 320ish when you're close to the router) 

My questions are these:

If I go with a edgerouter-x(or edgerouter pro) + a uap-ac-lr and use this post,, to set up the edgerouter-x what will I have to do to set up my access point?

Also would the set up be the same for the pro as it was for the lite as mentioned in the blog post? 

And once the edge router set up is done, and if I'm unsatisfied, do I have to factory reset everything to go back to my original set up?

Finally, if anyone feels like any steps in the blog are unclear it would be great if they could post some clarification to any of the steps listed.

Thanks fam. 

P.S. Apt is less than 1000ft2 and ill have a ps4 and smart tv hard wired and 2 androids and two mac pros using the wifi.



1.Modem location has 2 LAN wired to 2 separate locations in house.

2.Plans to install 2 wifi router 1 at each LAN Port.

3.Would like to avoid disconnect/reconnecting between the 2 wifi routers when moving around the house.

Is this possible? pretty much trying like trying to set up 1 of the wi-fi router as signal booster/extender?


My current router is old and I recently upgraded my Xfinity plan to 150mbps so I would like to get the most out of it. Currently I'm getting 20 ip and down right next to router.

My modem is a surfboard SB6141.

I would have 3 mobile phones , a Xbox , and 2 PC's (one for work and one gaming) connected to it.

Any advice or suggestions would be great.


Hey I am looking to buy a new router, the one I have now is Edimax BR-6208AC but the wireless is pretty poor if I go into a room over my signal will be 2 or 1 bars and sometimes it will drop.

my net right now is 108 Mbps/6 Mbps but I am getting upgraded to 362 Mbps/21 Mbps and this is fibre with virgin media, there will only be a few devices on the WiFi 2 phones 1 iPad 1 switch 1 PS vita and a PC and a ps4 on Ethernet.

The main things I want is a stable wireless that won't drop out if I move to another room so I can game online on my switch and vita and I don't have a specific budget, I am also in the UK.

Thanks for the help and just say if you need any more info.


I consider myself pretty tech savvy, so this is a last resort. Last night my internet went out. The status light on my cable modem was out. I called my ISP and they reset something on their end and the light turned back on. Nothing worked until I plugged a computer directly into the modem. That computer seemed to work okay and the ISP tech considered their job done and ended the call.

When I plugged my router back in it went back to not working. I tried a 2nd modem router and got the same problem. I plugged the PC back into the modem just to check again and about half of the websites would load that I tried.

When I did troubleshooting on the 2 routers via Windows I got these errors:

  • Windows Could not Automatically Detect Network's Proxy Settings
  • Windows can't communicate with the device or the resource (Primary DNS Server)

Since my PC was kind of working connected directly I tried cloning my PC MAC to the router, but that didn't help.

I'm fine with buying new hardware, but I'm not sure if the problem is with the modem or router(s).


Despite what my ISP said, the issue was not the router. I hooked up my old modem, gave them a call to connect it on their end, and everything worked. I then asked if I could hook up the new (recently broken) modem. After they flipped the switch on their end and entered the modem MAC everything was back to working.

Factory resetting the router did not fix the issue.


Hi All,

Just wanted to check, i have router/phone connection into our upstairs office. I want cat6 to downstairs tv and game consoles/tv boxes. Is it ok to run one cable down from the office and then use a splitter to connect up the various boxes, or better to have a couple of cat6 cables run down from the router.


This is probably a really stupid question but ill ask it regardless.

If i where to buy a 100 mbps internet package and had 4 devices that use ethernet, does that just mean each device would get 25 mbps with ethernet? Also if i where to use a wireless device does that mean it would be 20 mbps for all devices?

Or does wired ethernet connection depend on where you live?


So I am not entirely sure what to look for when buying a router and what exactly it all means. I mean, I understand how phones and computers get better because of their different specs. But how does this work in regards to wifi routers?

Surely my internet speed and the competency of my service provider is more important than anything else?


I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this question already from googling but:

Are you able to use In Wall Cable Outside? It would be on the side of the house the sun hit's all day.

Edit: Added more info


Quarter inch (rg-59) or the size for rg-6. I'm in the USA. Thanks


Current internet speed is 300/20

I currently have the Nighthawk R7000. Owned for about 2 years.

Do I upgrade?


just wanted to know what are some useful scripts I could use with my router?


Hi, I'm looking for advice on what type of low-budget network adapter I should get for gaming, and recommendations.

Ethernet is not an option for me, but I would be open to other options such as powerline and WiFi.

I am 10-20 metres away from my router on the same floor, and there is only 1 wall in the way. I am quite new to networking so am open to any suggestions you may have apart from drilling holes in my wall, physically moving my computer, and physically moving the router.

My budget is about £25, and I'm currently using a USB TP-Link Archer T1U, which struggles to get 2.5mb/s, and the latency often fluctuates when in an online game.

Thank you in advance for any advice you may give me, as I am very new to networking and want to expand my knowledge.


Hey guys, recently moved into a house with a couple of friends and my room is the worst spot in the house in regards to wifi signal strength and speed. The modem is downstairs in the living room while my room is upstairs on the opposite side of the house. We could always call a tech to move the modem but I was wondering about the reliability of wifi extenders and powerline networks. I checked out a powerline network that also has a dual-band wifi hub but was curious, are they any good? What would you guys do if you were in my position?

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