Ask Your Router & WiFi-Related Questions

I spend a decent amount of time working with wireless internet, routers and WiFi. I actually started this blog as I’m seeing a very-real need for internet users to start using dual band routers. Beyond that, though, there are many, many different questions that people have and problems that they face with their WiFi, routers or wireless internet. That’s what this post is about: helping to provide answers to some of those questions.

While I do not proclaim to be an expert in all-things-wireless, I have a great deal of general knowledge in this area. Plus, I tend to like creating how-to guides on multi-step projects and have a wealth of experience as a researcher in my past as a web-content producer for marketing firms.

I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to answer every question or will create a how-to guide for every situation, but the point of this blog is to provide help and useful information, and I’ll do what I can to that end.

Feel free to post your question below or send me an email.

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8 Replies to “Ask Your Router & WiFi-Related Questions”

  1. I am trying to get my router to be able to be configured via internet. So I configure the DDNS and I have done filling the forms. But I heard that you need to set the port forward too, the problem is that I don’t know which port used by the router.

    Can you help me

  2. Depending on your router, there will be a setting for remote access / remote configuration. Not all routers have this option, and it’s generally disabled by default. If you share your router brand / model, I can possibly point you to the page if available for your router.

    Generally speaking, ports 8080 and 8443 are pre-set for remote router administration access once enabled, at least for Netgear, Belkin and Linksys (possibly only two of the three — I don’t work with these much). I don’t think you need to enable port forwarding for that, just add the port to the end of the public IP you’re using.

  3. I have connected a second Router to my network via a cat 6 Ethernet cable running for LAN to LAN and the second router set up as a access point all is working fine and I’m getting internet through the second router but my speeds are dropped, if I take the Ethernet out my second router connected to the main one, and put it in my Xbox I get 225mbps but if I have the Ethernet in my second router via LAN and then run another Ethernet from my second router to my Xbox I only get around 90mbps, now I could just plug the Ethernet straight into my Xbox from the main router downstairs but I would like to run it though my second router so I also have better WiFi coverege upstairs for my Firestick and what not, I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to get full speed through my second one? It supports up to 300mbps and has 5ghz so it’s not like it can’t handle the speed? And help would be much appreciated.

  4. Sorry for the delay in responding. My best guess is your second router has 100Mbps ports versus 1Gbps ports on your primary router. 80-95Mbps is the maximum you’ll see through a router with 100Mbps ports, depending on several factors (wireless vs wired, CPU limits, etc). For some reason some hardware manufacturers advertise their 150-300Mbps wireless speeds yet only give you a 100Mbps ethernet port, which is frustrating.

    The other option is there may be something wrong with the WAN port on the second router, only allowing it to connect at 100Mbps.

    Yet another option if you’re using a Belkin as your second router, they have a QOS ‘feature’ called Intellistream, that once turned on and set, never allows you to go faster than the speed-test result at the time the test. So, if you have a 100Mbps connection then upgrade your internet and use that router without turning that off, you’ll never go faster than that 100Mbps.

    The last point is getting pretty thin, but off the top of my head, these are the reasons you might see this result in your second router but not on the Xbox .

  5. Hi, I’ve been spending a lot of time looking for an app that can control bandwidth or internet usage or speed for each device connected to my router. do you have any suggestion?

    1. I don’t know of any consumer-grade routers with this capability. Which, you will need a router or some other hardware device for this. There’s nothing you can install on a single machine (pc / phone / tablet) that would be able to control speeds on other devices as a standalone application.

      I tried looking and saw references to higher-end Asus routers maybe having something along these lines, but I didn’t have luck in finding interface screenshots to verify.

      Many routers have some kind of QOS / traffic shaping abilities, but in those I’ve seen it’s pretty limited and tends to be general — maybe one device / ip / mac address can be given priority over others, maybe certain behaviors or protocols like video streaming, VoIP, torrents, http will have higher or lower priority, but not where you can limit speeds on a per-device basis.

      All that said, you can do this with Mikrotik routers. However, non-default setups with Mikrotiks can be challenging, even for networking-savvy people who aren’t familiar with their setup. You can set speeds, on/off times for individual devices (or speeds based on times), share speed evenly between devices or a group of devices ( – for example), but again — not designed for the average home user to tinker with. Pricing for Mikrotik home WiFi routers is decent to average compared to consumer models.

      I’m not sure if any of that is helpful, but those features could be useful to a lot of people, so I’ll put it on a to-do list to look into. It will very likely take a while to get to it, though.

  6. Hi. I have a Huawei home router that is powered by a sim card. My problem is that I can’t configure the dns on it. I was wondering if I can connect a secondary router to it through ethernet and add my own dns servers on that second router. Is that possible?

    1. I’d expect that should work. However, if you don’t have a lot of devices, it may just be easier to set the DNS manually on each device. How you do that would depend on the device, but as far as I’ve ever seen, static / DHCP options on devices allow you to manually choose DNS even if you’re getting an IP via DHCP.

      If you have devices that don’t allow that option, then putting in your own router / DHCP server device would likely be the only way around that.

      Keep in mind, you’ll likely be running double or triple NAT by doing so:

      Double NAT probably isn’t problematic for the average internet user, but if you’re trying to get a remote connection to your router or devices in your network, that will be problematic or impossible if your ISP won’t set forwarding rules for you.

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