First post, by DracoNihil
I've been stuck living with belligerent parents, my father of which is completely oblivious to the concept of bufferbloat in addition to being behind a ISP (AT&T U-Verse DSL), that is also oblivious to the concept of bufferbloat as well, constantly shipping us only two kinds of gateway that have no concept of AQM (Active Queue Management) and do not even offer any kind of advanced setup features to configure packet priorities let alone limiting the maximum throughput of individual connected clients. Windows 10 doesn't even offer any options to that regard, and a product I ended up paying for: "NetLimiter" somehow STILL triggers bufferbloat regardless of the bandwidth limits I try to set in place! (IN addition to the software relying on a "Service" that doesn't auto start even when set to auto!)
I'm in dire need of a router that I can cascade under the gateway AT&T forces us to use, I'm tired of putting up with my family being totally oblivious and inconsiderate to myself and not even caring that I have things I need to do on here that are made virtually impossible because of CONSTANT bufferbloat.
I've tried looking at the OpenWRT project page, but I haven't a single clue about local area networking hardware at all. I don't know what's considered "affordable" and what isn't. I haven't the slightest idea what's reliable and can be used with OpenWRT to it's fullest. I need something that can make use of AQM; specifically CAKE - "Common Applications Kept Enhanced" in addition to setting a hard limit of 32 kbps upload 1.45 mbps download on every device except my own PC, and also in addition to this, strictly prioritizing my packets above every single other possible connection to the router. (My traffic specifically MUST be responsive at all times, absolutely no exceptions!)
Everything I've detailed here almost feels like I'd need to have a full fledged Linux server handling the purpose of routing, and that's something I really want to avoid because nobody wants to have a big tower in the middle of the living room, right next to the NVG599 gateway that AT&T forces us to use. I also need wireless capability (both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz at the same time!) since there's stuff in this house that has no ethernet ports to connect directly to a router with.
If anybody has the slightest idea what I can try to go for I'd really appreciate it, I'm losing my mind over this.
The only other alternative I have floating around that I cannot afford under any circumstance for the forseeable future is to get my own ADSL2+ line, separate from the entire family, and have myself be the only connection on it since I can use CAKE within Linux just fine and bufferbloat does not occur under the NVG599 when my network interface locally is configured around CAKE.