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Why are expensive VPN routers slower for a simple home broadband/cable sharing setup than cheap, non VPN routers?

I swear I bought several vpn routers (mostly from linksys) and they have all cut a simple broadband/cable modem sharing connection speed by a factor of 3-5x. This is amazing. On the other hand, I buy a simple cheap router like a di-604 or linksys befsr41 that has no VPN and the speed almost reaches the 5mbit/s cap of the service. What can possibly cause this? No amount of firmware fixes it, is there something inherent in VPN routers that just puts the breaks on WAN connections?
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Nothing that I know of. I have a Linksys WRV54G with two permanent site-site VPN's and I still get up to 5.5Mb speeds from http://www.bandwidthplace.com/speedtest 
Just now checked and got 4.1Mb

4.1 megabits per second

Communications 4.1 megabits per second
Storage 502.5 kilobytes per second
1MB file download 2 seconds
Subjective rating Awesome

I consistently get much better results using IE than I do using Firefox. Go figure..


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