Where did my post go?? (hope this doesn't show twice..)
I have just got one of these TP Link Gb routers set up tonight with 4 VDSL modems which are connecting around 30Mb each (Bit low but better than our previous connection by far)
I was really excited for a moment, I was downloading some LEGAL ISO's through P2P as tests and didn't reach more than 6.5 MB per second with around 40-80 connected peers (is that about 60Mb?). It seems to build up then slow way down to 2-3MBs then rise up again but mostly stayed about 4-5MBs. Either way it didn't seem very stable but still I downloaded 8 GB in less than 1/2 an hour or so!!!. Don't really know if that is a valid test . I thought perhaps my P2P client is having problems (Transmission in Ubuntu). But seem to think it could be the router.
I first set up each WAN port as static IP's and each router as the gateway. Then I tried the PPPoE passthrough mode expecting an increase in performance. I didn't get much. instead I got many fragmentation errors. I would like to find the right MTU settings, I was using 1492, then changed it to 1480, both were getting fragmentation, (1-3% or less though)
I tested things like Skype and did many speedtest's from speedtest.net which all worked great in fact, each speed test would only use one WAN port so I got 30Mb consistent speed tests which was sort of expected. but they didn't dip or slow down. I'm thinking that perhaps when many users are logged on they will not notice the issues I had it's just I'm worried that the full throughput of 120Mb will not be utilized...
I would like to know how to test it a bit better and what settings to use or play with, although it's a bit hard with only one PC at the moment. I would like to think I can make the most of all 4 30Mb connections at least, seeing as they're promising 360MB 'Natted' throughput. I don't really want to have to use another firewall in a PC as this would be so sweet it if just worked
I am also going to be using ZeroShell as my main firewall which will use the TP Link as it's gateway for 100 od users and try and not use any Nat on the TP Link. Although I don't really understand how the load balancing works and whether or not it requires to run with NAT... It shoudl be possible to have NAT & DHCP pass through the Zeroshell with some messing around I think? This is for a WISP, using long range ubiquiti gear.
Whats your thoughts?