Improve Internet and wireless speed tremendously

article #1170, updated 849 days ago

with the right router/firewall. I’ve had at least three different Netgears at home over years, all mid- or mid-high range in their consumer range at purchase. Every time, I tested using OEM up-to-date firmware, and tested with DD-WRT, many tweaks on both. DD-WRT gave a little improvement. On a little divine inspiration, I just did this:

  • Took a ten-year-old quad-core Vista box with three gigs of RAM
  • Put in a $40 quad Intel server NIC I bought from
  • Installed pfSense and set it up in very default fashion, exceptions being use of as LAN subnet, as LAN IP. Not using the motherboard NIC, just two on the Intel card so far.
  • Set my current DD-WRTed Netgear to do DHCP forwarding instead of serving, set it static to, left it otherwise alone
  • Connected one LAN port of the Netgear to the LAN port I set up in pfSense
  • Disconnected the WAN port of the Netgear, plugged Internet directly into the WAN port in pfSense

Suddenly WWW and Roku respond much faster, much less latency and jitter and other delay, and most unexpectedly, Internet download speed is much, much faster, even though the wifi is still running through the Netgear. And after a bit of performance tweaking, pings are lower, from 28ms down to 22 wired and 24 wireless.

Haven’t tried Squid proxying yet, or IPv6, but will be!