New to the forum go easy on me
Been having "ping spikes" for ages now in the household when gaming, come across the term bufferbloat and it actually seems to be the problem.
About our household/network: 4 users, probably 10+ devices, usually 5 or so going at once for light browsing, netflix/youtube, xbox and PC gaming. The ping when gaming spikes drastically when someone is streaming video, appears to be upload data causing the ping spikes. Our network is approx 32mbps down/8 up when the only device.
We have BT superfast fibre, which is FTTC, can't increase our line speeds any further. We are using the Smart Hub 2 which I believe is a modem/wireless router in one.
Image taken from PC, connected via ethernet, whilst a user in the house is watching video.
I came across SQM, specifically Cake, and think this could be helpful given our limited bandwidth and multiple users at peak times. It seems Openwrt is the way to go. I am looking for a setup that will work on our VSDL2 connection (I believe its VDSL2, please correct me if I'm wrong).
I am thinking I need: Modem, router, wireless access point. It seems Openwrt isn't really supported on "modem routers" from what I've researched so think I'll need separate. The router and wireless AP I think could be combined depending on Openwrt firmware support?
Given our low speeds don't think we need top of the line tech, but looking for something sufficient for our internet. Would probably like to spend less than £100 overall, if it can't be done for that I'd possibly stretch to £150, as long as it will sort us for a few years.
Any suggestions on device combos, or even similar threads for this scenario, would be helpful.
EDIT: Aware of the home hub 5 a but please keep your other suggestions coming for a device combination, since it seems like it will be difficult to get hold of a 5a.