i have 2 computers running on a cable modem and my old router crapped out on me. i hooked up one computer direct until i got to buy a router and it seemed to run faster than it ever did before. well i didnt think anything of it because i figured the old router must have gotten slow over time and that was all it was. anyway i went buy whatever walmart had in the store, a router is a router is a router i thought. yes i wanted a wired router for security reasons. i tossed the old router so all i know is it had 4 ports and i dont know the speed rating. well i bought the Linksys BEFSR41 4 Port 10/100Mbps Wired Broadband Router seen here: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=3504719 i saw this one that says it is a 10/100/1000Mbps router http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127060 and i wondered if that extra 1000 speed is really needed or actually used? my computers are very slow now as if i was on a phone modem or something but only randomly at certain times but then they are up to speed the rest of the time so i dont know whats going on. now this is only while we are web browsing and stuff so its not like im steady downloading or anything like that. i had the cable company come out and test the modem and it was fine and was told i had a really good speed yet sometimes in the afternoon and at night and often while only one computer is in use it gets very slow. this never happened before and i think its the router. i ran speedtest.net and i got results from 3 different locations to check so here it is: test 1 >>> 9937 kb/s download and 2545 kb/s upload at 50 miles from my test site test 2 >>> 17104 kb/s download and 2456 kb/s upload at 300 miles from my test site test 3 >>> 8179 kb/s download and 2494 kb/s upload at 1850 miles from my test site so all my speeds look great dont they? but websurfing things are very slow to load and its not just the same websites where i can say ok its yahoo or something like that, its random stuff so whats the deal?