routers

What router should I use to run a VPN?

Episode 1487

Al from California
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Al wants to get a router that can run Tomato or DD-WRT, so he can run VPNs through it because mesh routers aren't open source. Leo says a better option is to use an old computer as his router. pfSense is a good open source router app that can do that. It'll give him far more powerful hardware that can do what he would want it to do. He can even use a Raspberry Pi for it.

Why is my internet access so slow?

Episode 1486

John from Los Angeles, CA
INSIIDER

John has a problem where after about 10 minutes, his router drops to a slow crawl. He's done Windows Repair, reinstalled Windows, and even replaced his router. What else can he do to solve the issue? Leo says that it's possible that the computer is doing something in the background. Leo doesn't like having to rely on the routers provided by an ISP. They're usually old, haven't been updated, and he'd end up paying monthly for them. John should see if there's a router log. He can look there to see what's taking up all the bandwidth.

Should I replace my router?

Episode 1479

Brian from Indio, CA
eero.com

Brian wants to know why he should replace his router. Leo says that routers wear out, like when they are getting hot. That's an indicator it's working harder to push the traffic where it needs to go. He'll want to look for a router that that updates its firmware. He'll also want a reliable manufacturer who cares about updates. Leo also recommends a MESH router, which are great for homes that have issues with WiFi reception.

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Should I enable IPv6 on my mesh router?

Episode 1478

Todd from Iowa
Eero

Todd bought an Eero mesh router and he wants to know if he should enable IPv6. Leo says he did. IPv6 gives more space for more websites, and is a much better system. Instead of a "dotted quad" of numbers, it has eight sections of numbers separated by colons, offering so many possibilities that everyone could have their own internet address. The problem is, routers have to be upgraded, and ISPs don't want to spend the money. So we're stuck with IPv4 for now. But IPv6 will speed things up if he enables it.

Why is Wi-Fi so slow on my laptop?

Episode 1474

Beth from Manhattan Beach, CA
Netgear Orbi Router

Beth has a two story house and she has no problem streaming anything or using the internet, except on her laptop. Leo says that if her Roku is running HD, then she's getting decent bandwidth. Would a mesh router help? Leo says it may, but it's an expensive way to find out. Beth should run a speed test on her router to see how it goes. She should do it closer to her base station, and then again down into the lower floor and see if it improves or gets worse. That would tell her something. Leo says that since Beth is using Frontier, it could be her Frontier router. They're just terrible.

Is it more secure to have my devices connected to a separate guest network?

Episoide 1473

Andre from Irvine, CA
Plume Wi-Fi

Andre has a few Nest devices connected to his router, and one is connected to a guest network. Is that more secure? Leo says no. While guest access doesn't have access to passwords, they do have access to his entire network. Nest is secure, though. Plume offers a great feature - internet-only access to a guest network.