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MrSmithers0705

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So I've got an RT AC88U for my house of about 15 users with multiple devices each. Normally I have over 30 devices connected and I'm getting 1 gb bandwidth from my provider. Speedtest.net says I'm getting around 400 mbps dl and around 40 mbps ul speeds.i am connected through a cat6 ethernet cord but mostly have wireless traffic. I've tried using all three types of qos the interface has to offer and none help me to deal with the spikes in traffic I'm getting. I live in a sober house and I have spectrum for a provider. The spikes in traffic and amount of users I think are what's causing me to have a TON of in game latency and performance lag issues while playing my favorite fps games. Any advice or assistance would be greatly appreciated. I'm relatively new to this networking thing but is something that does really interest me so I'd like to get this problem solved on my own with out my providers tech support help mucking about with my settings. Thanks.
 

BreakingDad

Senior Member
When you say all three qos I'm assuming you're on default firmware. Have you tried installing Merlin firmware? I would recommend it, and for your network speed flexqos which is an addon to the firmware would suit you well.
 

MrSmithers0705

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When you say all three qos I'm assuming you're on default firmware. Have you tried installing Merlin firmware? I would recommend it, and for your network speed flexqos which is an addon to the firmware would suit you well.
Yes default firmware unfortunately I do not know where to find or how to even install any other firmware at this point. Thanks for the advice though anything would help I'm sure at the moment
 

BreakingDad

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Merlin firmware is at https://www.asuswrt-merlin.net/ you can download it and install it using the usual method of updating firmware on the router.

After install follow this step by step guide to Clean Install of Merlin Firmware https://www.snbforums.com/threads/w...h-ax88u-as-the-root-router.68483/#post-642251

To add flexqos or cake qos format an 8gb memory stick with EXT4 format, insert it into router you will need this for a JFFS partition, log in to router with putty over SSH, enter "AMTM" in console and follow the instructions there.

step by step guide to AMTM https://www.snbforums.com/threads/amtm-step-by-step-install-guide-l-ld.56237/#post-483421
 

MrSmithers0705

New Around Here
Merlin firmware is at https://www.asuswrt-merlin.net/ you can download it and install it using the usual method of updating firmware on the router.

After install follow this step by step guide to Clean Install of Merlin Firmware https://www.snbforums.com/threads/w...h-ax88u-as-the-root-router.68483/#post-642251

To add flexqos or cake qos format an 8gb memory stick with EXT4 format, insert it into router you will need this for a JFFS partition, log in to router with putty over SSH, enter "AMTM" in console and follow the instructions there.

step by step guide to AMTM https://www.snbforums.com/threads/amtm-step-by-step-install-guide-l-ld.56237/#post-483421
 

MrSmithers0705

New Around Here
I do not have a usb stick atm unfortunately. I will for sure be looking to pick one up now though thank you for the insight I hope this works for me. I've followed the instructions for a clean install with merlin any suggestions for someone just using that firmware for temporary fix until I get a usb?
 

BreakingDad

Senior Member
I think you can install flex qos without the usb stick (you will need to test as it's a while since I added it. I think from memory you only need a USB if you are using skynet / entware or cake. Cake is more usefull on connections under 200mbps so I think Flex would be ideal for you.

The easy way to install flex is to make sure you have adaptive qos running as normal and also Enable JFFS custom scripts and configs under Administration/Settings, then putty into router and type AMTM in the console. This will bring up a menu to install flex qos as well as a host of other tools, this is one of the amazing things about Merlin Firmware. Would recommend adding one at a time though to avoid confusion or any crashes, set up and test for a while before adding anything else.

Personally I only use Flex and Skynet. Skynet is a firewall, and that will require a USB stick and swap file, and is installed by using ENTWARE. You don't need skynet, but it makes me feel safe.

When you have flex installed you should get a new menu under adaptive qos

Under the old QOS tab though after it is installed tick customise.

Then prioritise like this

Highest
Gaming
Work from home
Websurfing
Other
Video and Audio Streaming
File Transfering
Learn from Home
Lowest

Then go to the flex qos tab tick "customise" and set Queue Discipline to [email protected] then click apply

Apart from that as long as you followed the guide from @L&LD there are little more tweaks I can add for the Merlin setup

Wifi wise I would suggest 2.4ghz is set to 20mhz channel 11 (but check your channel crowding locally) and 5ghz set to All bandwidths on and channel 64, again check channels locally.

Universal Beamforming off- this is supposed to help beamforming on old devices but works by "guessing" where to beamform to, and causes more problems than it solves.
Explicit Beamforming on - this is for newer devices that can handle it, leave this on.

Under profesional I do this

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Hope this helps
 
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