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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Netduma Luke in COVID-19 and what it means for Netduma   
    Hi Everyone,
    We hope you and your families are keeping safe.
    The virus is going to be a challenge for everybody, but at Netduma we are doing everything we can to power through it. Some of us are now working from home, but we will not let it slow us down in delivering DumaOS 3.0 to you. After all, the quality of your online gaming & home network is an even higher priority than before!
    We will also be keeping all our support channels open as usual in case you're having any problems.
    The whole team is safe and we hope you are as well.
    The Netduma Team
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Kahari in XR500 Sudden Slow Speeds   
    Just to clarify, in my other thread I (wrongly) assumed my original slow file transfer speeds to my NAS device were due to Wi-Fi being in the loop.
    PC <Ethernet> XR500 <5GHz> Bridge Router <Ethernet> NAS
    So, I took Wi-Fi and the XR500 out of the equation.
    PC <Ethernet> NAS
    Because transfer speeds were now fantastic, my new assumption was that nothing was wrong with the PC or NAS. But was that the case? I put the XR500 back in the loop, but without Wi-Fi.
    PC <Ethernet> XR500 <Ethernet> NAS
    Slow speeds were back, so forget Wi-Fi being the problem. You might now assume the XR500 is to blame, but could it be a PC driver issue which had previously negotiated full speeds with the NAS, but crucially, not with the XR500?
    To cut a long story short (yes, I know that’s rich coming from me), if the Speed and Duplex setting of the Ethernet driver being set to Auto Negotiation is the issue, my third assumption would now be that both the PC Ethernet adapter and the XR500 1Gig port were simply not on talking terms!
    This could be a PC driver issue, but it could also be an XR500 issue, failing to ‘negotiate’ with certain desktop drivers. That’s one for the Netgear folk to nail down.
    If anyone is interested, this is a great article on Ethernet Auto Negotiation.
    Glad you got your problem sorted, Kahari 😀
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Squizz in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    @Bat 'n' Ball yeah I'm familiar with network bridging so it's definitely a possibility I can look into, I'm just a bit concerned it might introduce some jitter or other issues using wifi but it's a good idea for sure.
     
    Couldn't be further from the truth, you've been a great help mate. It's just a shame my hardware doesn't support it right now for whatever reason lol. Maybe it's just one of the added extras that separates the higher and lower models, mine is a lower spec router admittedly as it's my first step into the gaming router market. Thanks again for the help with everything.
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Squizz in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    Sorry Squizz, I didn't realise you had an XR300 and it doesn't support Hybrid VPN ☹️
    Before I got my XR500, I used to use a TP-Link router flashed with a DD-WRT firmware and used the VPN on that. Then I plugged my PlayStation directly into the TP-Link Router.
    I know that doesn't help much but if you're confident with Windows networking what you could try is downloading the Windows Proton VPN client. Once installed, you should have a new adapter in your Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections called TAP-ProtonVPN Windows Adapter. [edit] Right click Start button, Network Connections, Change Adapter Options.
    Basically you are looking to share that adapter on the LAN port of your computer so you can plug your xbox into it. Right click the TAP-ProtonVPN Windows Adapter and enable sharing on the sharing tab. You then have your computer connect to your XR300 via wi-fi and connect your xbox to the ethernet on your Windows PC. You might have to bridge both ethernet adapter and TAP-ProtonVPN Windows Adapter by selecting them both then right click and bridge connections.
    The setup basically looks something like this:
    Xbox <ethernet> PC connected to VPN <Wi-Fi> XR300 
    You might have to play around a bit and it can be a lot of work but if you are confident with changing networking on your computer, it does work.
    Sorry I couldn't be more help but hopefully Hybrid VPN will be available to you in a future firmware update.
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Squizz in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    Thanks for this guide mate, I wouldn't have had a clue where to begin with setting up a VPN, but you've explained it so well I'm gonna give this a try. Hopefully I'll have some good results, it can't really get any worse anyway lol. Really appreciate the detailed guide though pal 👍
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Squizz in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    Just a thought Squizz but have you tried using the Hybrid VPN feature of the router? Proton VPN is free if you wanted to sign up and try it out. There's no data limit and you can connect to 3 countries (44 if you pay). Japan, Netherlands and United States. I usually go for United States servers simply because of English being generally spoken.
    Like you, if I use the Filtering Mode with MW I can be waiting ages for a game but if use the free Proton VPN on a US server, I'm in games pretty much straight away. Pings are a bit high but relatively speaking, my game experience is quite good, considering how bad the game is!
    Basically, you paste your Username, Password and Configuration into the Advanced tab of the Hybrid VPN Setup. You will need to download the Router', UDP, Server config file for US-FREE#1 (or whatever server you chose).
    Copy the text in the .ovpn file from the 'client' line, all the way down to '</tls-auth>' and paste it into the Configuration field. Note, your VPN username and password are different to your account username and password. You'll find your VPN username and password in the Account section of the Proton VPN website, under OpenVPN / IKEv2 username.
    I then delete all the lines containing 'remote us-free-01.protonvpn.com' and replace with 1 single line 'remote 108.59.0.37' for example. This way you have more control over the server you are connected to, rather than a random one in the US. Look here for Proton VPN US server IP's.
    You'll need to put your Console or PC into the ADD DEVICE button on the Hybrid VPN page. Once it's connected, I then put Spectating Mode on and the game thinks I'm in the US and puts me on servers over there... but without the waiting times of using Filtering Mode. If you need help, just message me!
    Good luck 😀
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Squizz in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    [nods!] 😀
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Squizz in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    Been playing COS since the first one on PC in the early 00's but if this is the way the franchise is going, I'm through with it. I'm not going to waste hard earned cash on rubbish like this any more 😐
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Brainbleach in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    Says every cod player until next years release when you'll be playing cod just like the rest of us lol
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Squizz in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    Hey @Bat 'n' Ball, excellent bit of testing there bud! Yeah it seems it all behaves a bit funny with MW, not sure if its DumaOS or MW at fault though cos MW seems to have some really finicky matchmaking going on, probably all part of the SBMM and the algorithm that goes along with that. Been at work alot so haven't had a chance to keep up with the discussion, but thanks for doing some testing. Will be interesting to see what happens once we get a cloud update if there are any issues on Netdumas side, cos I would imagine unfortunately that BO5 or whatever Treyarch is working on will have the same if not worse matchmaking criteria. Think there might be some strength to the argument that the algorithm is very strict though, which could affect how many lobbies are actually available to you depending on how good you are. And I'm not sure if I'm entering tin foil hat territory here, but maybe they've tried to remove some of the "advantages" you get using a Netduma router somehow. More than likely not the case though, as I cant really think how they could accomplish that.
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Squizz in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    Hi Squizz,
    I have just completed some highly testicle, sorry ‘technical’ and scientific experiments (not), and the highly scientific testicle conclusion I have come to is that the DumaOS/Modern Warfare combination is f’d. 
    Seriously, I have genuine doubts whether the DumaOS is handling Modern Warfare network traffic correctly at all.
    For example, when I start COD World War II from the PlayStation 4 menu, this is the DumaOS startup flow when it is ‘Connecting to online services’:
    •    The DumaOS Geo-Filter screen lights up with lots of dedicated server icons from round the world
    •    During a live game, DumaOS seems to correctly identify the server icon (dedicated or peer) which is handling the session
    •    There are approximately the right amount of player icons for the game in progress.
    •    Screen video capture here: 
     
    The above is how you would expect the DumaOS to handle this game. So far, so good...
    But let’s put COD aside for one moment, here is the DumaOS startup flow when I start GTA V Online from the PlayStation 4 menu:
    •    The DumaOS Geo-Filter screen lights up with player icons from round the world (to my knowledge, GTA V Online does not use dedicated servers, it’s P2P, so DumaOS doing its job correctly)
    •    During a live game, DumaOS seems to correctly identify the peer server icon which is handling the session
    •    There are approximately the right amount of player icons for the game in progress
    •    Screen video capture here: 
     
    Once again, DumaOS seems to be correctly handling the above game as you would expect.
    In contrast to the above two games, this is the DumaOS startup flow when I start COD Modern Warfare from the PlayStation 4 menu, and it is ‘Connecting to online services’:
    •    The DumaOS Geo-Filter screen lights up with ambiguous dedicated server and player icons overlaid over one another **
    •    During a live game, DumaOS sometimes identifies the server icon (dedicated or peer) which is handling the session
    •    Few, but usually no player icons at all, appear on the Geo-Filter screen for the game in progress (despite 12 people being in the session)
    •    Screen video capture here: 
     
    All the tests above were done in Spectating Mode. But, if you further restrict the already inaccurate detection of MW player/servers with the Geo-Filter, think this is where your problem lies, Squizz.
    I too have problems with MW in particular when setting my home location somewhere miles away from where I live. This isn't an issue with other games. It's just MW.
    I love my XR500 (strokes it like Blofeld’s cat) but if you want to do some Geo-Filtering sourcery with it, MW will be more miss than hit.
    Sorry for the long post 😁
    ** P.S. Reporting mislocated servers and server types via the online form is all well and good but months after MW's release, this approach is obviously not working.
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Netduma Fraser in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    Thanks for doing a thorough test, it does look like we are missing quite a few servers for the game and they could be mislocated as well. I will get on to Alex about this, as far as I was aware the updates the cloud has had since launch should have resolved this. Also regarding having players shown in the game that won't always happen, especially if you're connecting to a dedicated server.
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to N3CR0 in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    All I'm getting mostly is campers that just hold up on a point and wait for someone to peak. Most of them would get trashed at any other CoD.
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Squizz in Long wait for games when forcing different servers   
    Hi Squizz,
    Which COD?
    I find the Geo-Filter map lights up like a Christmas tree when I play WWII, but if I play MW it takes ages to put me in a game, when I have Filtering Mode enabled. MW seems very particular in matchmaking whereas other games don’t. 
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Netduma Fraser in XR500 Sudden Slow Speeds   
    Just to clarify, in my other thread I (wrongly) assumed my original slow file transfer speeds to my NAS device were due to Wi-Fi being in the loop.
    PC <Ethernet> XR500 <5GHz> Bridge Router <Ethernet> NAS
    So, I took Wi-Fi and the XR500 out of the equation.
    PC <Ethernet> NAS
    Because transfer speeds were now fantastic, my new assumption was that nothing was wrong with the PC or NAS. But was that the case? I put the XR500 back in the loop, but without Wi-Fi.
    PC <Ethernet> XR500 <Ethernet> NAS
    Slow speeds were back, so forget Wi-Fi being the problem. You might now assume the XR500 is to blame, but could it be a PC driver issue which had previously negotiated full speeds with the NAS, but crucially, not with the XR500?
    To cut a long story short (yes, I know that’s rich coming from me), if the Speed and Duplex setting of the Ethernet driver being set to Auto Negotiation is the issue, my third assumption would now be that both the PC Ethernet adapter and the XR500 1Gig port were simply not on talking terms!
    This could be a PC driver issue, but it could also be an XR500 issue, failing to ‘negotiate’ with certain desktop drivers. That’s one for the Netgear folk to nail down.
    If anyone is interested, this is a great article on Ethernet Auto Negotiation.
    Glad you got your problem sorted, Kahari 😀
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Netduma Fraser in Slow send rate over 5GHz Wi-Fi   
    Hi Kahari,
    Really pleased you got your problem sorted 😀
     
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Netduma Alex in XR500 Sudden Slow Speeds   
    Just to clarify, in my other thread I (wrongly) assumed my original slow file transfer speeds to my NAS device were due to Wi-Fi being in the loop.
    PC <Ethernet> XR500 <5GHz> Bridge Router <Ethernet> NAS
    So, I took Wi-Fi and the XR500 out of the equation.
    PC <Ethernet> NAS
    Because transfer speeds were now fantastic, my new assumption was that nothing was wrong with the PC or NAS. But was that the case? I put the XR500 back in the loop, but without Wi-Fi.
    PC <Ethernet> XR500 <Ethernet> NAS
    Slow speeds were back, so forget Wi-Fi being the problem. You might now assume the XR500 is to blame, but could it be a PC driver issue which had previously negotiated full speeds with the NAS, but crucially, not with the XR500?
    To cut a long story short (yes, I know that’s rich coming from me), if the Speed and Duplex setting of the Ethernet driver being set to Auto Negotiation is the issue, my third assumption would now be that both the PC Ethernet adapter and the XR500 1Gig port were simply not on talking terms!
    This could be a PC driver issue, but it could also be an XR500 issue, failing to ‘negotiate’ with certain desktop drivers. That’s one for the Netgear folk to nail down.
    If anyone is interested, this is a great article on Ethernet Auto Negotiation.
    Glad you got your problem sorted, Kahari 😀
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Netduma Alex in XR500 Sudden Slow Speeds   
    Ooh, I guess I assumed that it was happening on all devices rather than just one.
    I wonder why the auto negotiation didn't work correctly. We'll tell Netgear about that one.
    I'm glad it's sorted!
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Kahari in XR500 Sudden Slow Speeds   
    Update:
    Review this post. Skip to Jan 18. His solution.
    SOLVED:
     
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Kahari in Slow send rate over 5GHz Wi-Fi   
    @Bat 'n' BallYou my friend are a genius!!!! (Followed)
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Kahari in Slow send rate over 5GHz Wi-Fi   
    I seem to have sorted my problem 😀
    I posted over in the Netgear forum but got no suggestions so I created a ticket. The guy’s in telephone support were good and methodical at trying to resolve the issue but suggested nothing which I hadn’t tried thus far. 
    I’ve spent many hours trying to get this sorted so I just gave up and decided to suffer the relatively slow transfer speeds... 
    Then, one day (I’m not trying to make this sound like a story, honest), I was pottering around on the PC and remembered there were some under-the-bonnet settings for my ethernet adapter which I could try. In Windows 10, it is: 
    Right click Start  Device Manager  Network adapters  Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller  Advanced tab  In the Property list, I selected Speed & Duplex. My Value was on Auto Negotiation. I assumed this was the default setting and it meant my devices would talk to each other and ‘negotiate’ the highest possible speeds. But I tried changing this to 1.0 Gbps Full Duplex and clicked OK. Guess what? Yup, speeds with my NAS connected directly to my XR500 went up to a, not too shoddy, 904Mbps down (0.904 Gigabit) and 875 up. Previous readings were 605Mbps down, 215 up. 
    I then put Speed & Duplex back to Auto Negotiation and my speeds were still high! I presumed it was a driver glitch and looked on t' internet for a more recent driver. My old driver was released 2015 but I found a more recent ‘signed’ one for 2017 and installed that. 
    What threw me is the fact that when I plugged my NAS directly into the PC, I got great speeds so why would I suspect the driver was to blame? Whether this was Auto Negotiation failing to ‘negotiate’ or not, I have no idea but I now have a shiny new driver installed and speeds are great. The real test was over Wi-Fi - my original dilemma... 
    Speeds over 5GHz Wi-Fi are now 782Mbps down, 443 up. Previous readings were 400Mbps down, 45 up. 
    To conclude, Wi-Fi write speeds have increased by almost half a Gig and read speeds are now approaching a Gig! Not bad for Wi-Fi 😎
    The End.
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Netduma Alex in Slow send rate over 5GHz Wi-Fi   
    Ooh okay. Well i'm glad it's sorted.
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Netduma Alex in Slow send rate over 5GHz Wi-Fi   
    I seem to have sorted my problem 😀
    I posted over in the Netgear forum but got no suggestions so I created a ticket. The guy’s in telephone support were good and methodical at trying to resolve the issue but suggested nothing which I hadn’t tried thus far. 
    I’ve spent many hours trying to get this sorted so I just gave up and decided to suffer the relatively slow transfer speeds... 
    Then, one day (I’m not trying to make this sound like a story, honest), I was pottering around on the PC and remembered there were some under-the-bonnet settings for my ethernet adapter which I could try. In Windows 10, it is: 
    Right click Start  Device Manager  Network adapters  Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller  Advanced tab  In the Property list, I selected Speed & Duplex. My Value was on Auto Negotiation. I assumed this was the default setting and it meant my devices would talk to each other and ‘negotiate’ the highest possible speeds. But I tried changing this to 1.0 Gbps Full Duplex and clicked OK. Guess what? Yup, speeds with my NAS connected directly to my XR500 went up to a, not too shoddy, 904Mbps down (0.904 Gigabit) and 875 up. Previous readings were 605Mbps down, 215 up. 
    I then put Speed & Duplex back to Auto Negotiation and my speeds were still high! I presumed it was a driver glitch and looked on t' internet for a more recent driver. My old driver was released 2015 but I found a more recent ‘signed’ one for 2017 and installed that. 
    What threw me is the fact that when I plugged my NAS directly into the PC, I got great speeds so why would I suspect the driver was to blame? Whether this was Auto Negotiation failing to ‘negotiate’ or not, I have no idea but I now have a shiny new driver installed and speeds are great. The real test was over Wi-Fi - my original dilemma... 
    Speeds over 5GHz Wi-Fi are now 782Mbps down, 443 up. Previous readings were 400Mbps down, 45 up. 
    To conclude, Wi-Fi write speeds have increased by almost half a Gig and read speeds are now approaching a Gig! Not bad for Wi-Fi 😎
    The End.
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    Bat 'n' Ball got a reaction from Bert in Slow send rate over 5GHz Wi-Fi   
    I seem to have sorted my problem 😀
    I posted over in the Netgear forum but got no suggestions so I created a ticket. The guy’s in telephone support were good and methodical at trying to resolve the issue but suggested nothing which I hadn’t tried thus far. 
    I’ve spent many hours trying to get this sorted so I just gave up and decided to suffer the relatively slow transfer speeds... 
    Then, one day (I’m not trying to make this sound like a story, honest), I was pottering around on the PC and remembered there were some under-the-bonnet settings for my ethernet adapter which I could try. In Windows 10, it is: 
    Right click Start  Device Manager  Network adapters  Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller  Advanced tab  In the Property list, I selected Speed & Duplex. My Value was on Auto Negotiation. I assumed this was the default setting and it meant my devices would talk to each other and ‘negotiate’ the highest possible speeds. But I tried changing this to 1.0 Gbps Full Duplex and clicked OK. Guess what? Yup, speeds with my NAS connected directly to my XR500 went up to a, not too shoddy, 904Mbps down (0.904 Gigabit) and 875 up. Previous readings were 605Mbps down, 215 up. 
    I then put Speed & Duplex back to Auto Negotiation and my speeds were still high! I presumed it was a driver glitch and looked on t' internet for a more recent driver. My old driver was released 2015 but I found a more recent ‘signed’ one for 2017 and installed that. 
    What threw me is the fact that when I plugged my NAS directly into the PC, I got great speeds so why would I suspect the driver was to blame? Whether this was Auto Negotiation failing to ‘negotiate’ or not, I have no idea but I now have a shiny new driver installed and speeds are great. The real test was over Wi-Fi - my original dilemma... 
    Speeds over 5GHz Wi-Fi are now 782Mbps down, 443 up. Previous readings were 400Mbps down, 45 up. 
    To conclude, Wi-Fi write speeds have increased by almost half a Gig and read speeds are now approaching a Gig! Not bad for Wi-Fi 😎
    The End.
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    Bat 'n' Ball reacted to Netduma Alex in Cloud Update   
    Fair point. Might start doing this next time an update is sent out.
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