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Router Recommendations for Heavy Bittorrent Use

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Most home DSL routers I've tried, whether by Linksys or D-Link or Belkin, all seem to suffer from having too little on-board RAM to store DNS info.  Eventually, most notably as a result of heavy torrent traffic, the router eventually seems to either lock up, spontaneously reboot, or becomes seemingly unable to resolve DNS names.

My current router, a Belkin wireless-G, suffers the last of the listed issues.

I need makes and models of routers which are more formidable for the task of bittorrent transfer.  
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well I use an intertex ix66 with no problems at all with torrents
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Well (i'm bragging here :) ) I use a Cisco 837 ADSL router. No problems at all.

Though I do know someone using a Netgear with bittorrent and they have no problems.

I would have expected Linksys to perform better, but I have definetly had problems with D-Link, Belkin and Billion.

Netgear DG834 - does the trick on ADSL 1.5Mbps connection
Cisco 837 ADSL Router, I only have running on a 8Mbps connection
I have seen some promising results with an Alcatel SpeedTouch (on 1.5Mbps)

I can't tell you on any higher speeds as I live in Australia and stupid telcos (mainly Telstra) ensure we stay on low speeds

Billion, DLink, Belkin, Excel(no name brand) - all a load of ..... for bittorrent

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You don't have to use your router's ip for DNS, use an external dns server IP so that you're not dependent on that function of the router.
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Any of the routers mentioned can handle any torrent issues you can imagine.  In the torrent setup, just choose a server to get the torrent server numbers, and this acts as a torrent DNS IP address table to route to any server that the torrent network is using.  The setup is in the torrent app, NOT the router.
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by:Zoplax
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Thanks folks, I had no idea that my torrent app might offer the option to use outside DNS.  Also I will look into upgrading to one of the mentioned routers, they have some features I could definitely use.
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