I have the Netgear Router back up and running with WRT as the firmware. Thanks for the info as we are now up to 250Mbps again on WIFI. We did a factory reset, and then updated to the WRT firmware, and so far my router is working fine. I looked at all the settings in the firmware, and I selected WPA-Personal for password security... Is that a good one or should I pick a different one? Are there any settings that I should be changing to improve speed, and security?I told you that netgear stuff is pure junk...lol really i have gone through so many of those for friends and family. I tell you what my really old link sys 54G is a workhorse though and I hacked a couple with ddwrt and they have run for years and years. i love the ubiquiti stuff. it is solid and high performance for the cost. I use the edge router X and then a ubiquiti AP. so i can always upgrade the AP as tech changes and can use the same router.
Here is what is available...Is WPA2 an option? That's a better protocol from a security standpoint.
I have 2 more switches arriving tonight... I will be trying to get the firmware up to date tomorrow on those, and then get them into the system too. I was reading that I should arrange all my IP addresses to be in order, limit the IP addresses to the number of devices (so if i have 10 devices I would have only 10 IP addresses available...instead of hundreds), and use their MAC addresses too. Yesterday i found out that when you do a Guest account you can do it as a Virtual port, and restrict the usage to only the internet so no one has access to your Network. That is a nice feature IMO. It is going to take me a while to get all the IP addresses reassigned as static and in small groups. I wonder if by doing it this way if it will speed up my LAN...Maybe it got tired of all the reboots and simply decided to expedite the process. Glad it worked out in the end - I know it was quite the journey.
We have close to 40 devices spread over 3 switches with switches being 18, 20, and 26 ports running to our Netgear R7000 router with DD-WRT firmware.I seriously doubt it will be any faster. Once a route is established it will be kept in the ARP cache, and from then on communications between devices will be port-to-port directly (at least until you reboot the switch or manually clear the cache). If you had a /20 or larger address space and ran it as one flat network - without subnets - there might be some benefit to keeping things sequential, but with the speed of most switches today I doubt you would notice a benefit in your situation.