This morning I caught a tweet from someone having issues with their Linksys router.
I sent a message to Spencer, telling him about my experience as a Road Runner Tech. It is very common service call I used to run that customers were not getting their advertised speed. 95% of the time it was not the ISP’s fault. Most of the time it was due to a router being 3, 4 or even 5 years old. Most older routers do not have the backplane capability in many cases. It is also possible that the router’s firmware is not capable of the 10 Megabit or higher speeds that FIOS and Road Runner are delivering. One top-selling brand in particular is the Linksys WRT-54G. If you have this router a firmware update may be all you need.
Before you run out and buy a new router, that may or may not fix your problem. There is something else you can try. It’s called DD-WRT. That my friend is open source router firmware written for many common routers. There are versions for Linksys, Netgear, Belkin, and a whole bunch more.
It is possible that this may fix your speed issue. It is also possible that it will not fix it, and if you’re not careful you may totally ‘brick’ your router. Although the later is highly unlikely. I am not going to go into great detail on how to do this. If Google is your friend AND you can actually find the correct information on your particular brand of router, your chances of updating it are very good.
Hopefully your outcome will be very similar to this.
Link to DD-WRT
Have fun and good luck to you. If you need expert assistance with this I am available for a fee or barter arrangement.