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I'd like to ask the forum in light of a solution or a persuasive answer to my problem here.

My router (TD-8961D) in its current configuration can accept a max of 10 connections, and i have scoured the internet for solutions, and have turned my router settings upside down trying to figure out how to increase the max user cap.

According to other forums with users having the same router model, they say that the max users are built in and there's not much you can do about it.

Please someone shed light on my issue at hand.

Note: I am a networking novice but understand basic networking jargon, please try to convey your point in simple terms.

Thanks in advance.

  • If you have a cheap limited router you will have to get a better one. Alternatively you could also use one of your PCs as a router by making use of windows' internet connection sharing. Then you could have that PC connected to the router and all other computers would in turn be connected to it. That way your router will only see one user no matter how many devices are connected. – SpiderPig Sep 9 '17 at 21:01
  • I've never given that idea much thought, Thanks Spider, i'll experiment with connection sharing. :-). My router is average i'd say, around 40$. – Hamza Tariq Khan Sep 11 '17 at 3:44
  • You could also use a second router and connect it's WAN port to one of the LAN ports of your first router. – SpiderPig Sep 11 '17 at 10:58
  • @HamzaTariqKhan - Your router is a 300Mbps Wireless N device. This means that when running TCP traffic (most of the internet browsing etc...), your throughput is ~150Mbps. Because WiFi is a shared medium, you will have to divide that by 10 users (150 / 10 = 15Mbps) That's 15Mbps per station when all 10 devices are associated. The more stations you allow on your wireless, the less throughput you get per device. Or, for a $40 device, the unit crashes when more than 10 stations associate, so they limit the devices to 10. You get what you pay for... :-) – pythonian Sep 11 '17 at 23:00
  • @HamzaTariqKhan - Of course, there are options... You can get an enterprise level Access Point ($600 - $1800) that will allow 256 devices per radios. It's expensive because proper testing has been conducted to provide an AP that can sustain 256 devices per radio without crashing. If interested, look into Cisco, Aerohive, Ruckus, Xirrus (RiverBed), Fortinet WiFi etc... – pythonian Sep 11 '17 at 23:25

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