I apologize in advance for my lack of knowledge on networking and thus the simplistic way I'm about to describe my issue.
I mainly use the internet for gaming (mmo's) while my wife uses it for watching her soaps online. My connection as described by my ISP is "Up to 28 Mbps Down / 1 Mbps Up".
For any Canadians on the forum I am currently with TekSavvy, who as you probably know buy their cable bandwidth from Rogers.
I've been having on and off problems with the connection and long story short ended up replacing my old Linksys router with the Asus RT-N66U router. At first it worked like a charm - very fast speeds no service interruption, no lag in mmo's. Around 2 months ago I started getting a lot of slowdowns (roughly when we started using Netflix), particularly in the evening ~9pm, when I had multiple devices using the internet (desktop through LAN, wife's laptop, WD media center on). I thought my connection was being throttled by Rogers (and frankly I still do), but decided to try connecting directly to the modem anyway. What I noticed was that my connection was faster and less spiky without the router (but still not great). I thought maybe the Asus firmware was causing the issue so I decided to try Shibby's Tomato all-in-one firmware.
This is where things get a bit tricky for me. I followed the initial setup steps (factory reset, wireless and admin security, etc.) and after some poking around finally got the WAN to work, but was very confused by the LAN setup and to be honest I'm not sure I did it correctly. Now I seem to have problems connecting to the internet from time to time (particularly through the wireless) even though it shows no problems with the network connection.
Any helpful tips or tricks on properly setting up the firmware for optimum performance. Also any good ways to test if there is a fault in the router hardware?
Thanks in advance.