Frequently Asked Questions
How does IQrouter improve my streaming?
By managing all your internet traffic and keeping the flow of outbound responses to the streaming service as smooth and consistent as possible, the service ‘sees’ your line as a ‘good citizen’ and can accurately measure your speed and sends the appropriate quality content at a predictable and steady pace, eliminating pauses and stops.
Technically, what does IQrouter do exactly?
IQrouter’s intelligent decision-making process first characterizes your line, either by reading the actual line metrics from the modem, or by running actual throughput tests, it then sets all the relevant traffic management properties, namely the numerous Quality of Service (QoS) and Smart Queue Management (SQM) parameters and then tests those parameters to make sure your Internet Quality grade is an A. It then monitors and tunes those parameters as needed over time, performing dynamic adjustments as needed to react to transient changes in the line.
What do I have to do to setup IQrouter?
Very little. Once you physically connect the gear, IQrouter optimizes itself during the short set up wizard process. IQrouter then runs its tuning process regularly during the first two weeks of its operation in order to create an optimized schedule for each day. Subsequently, the quality settings will be verified over time, and you will be alerted if they change significantly. If the change is large enough, a new tuning run will be scheduled to make any necessary adjustments.
I’m not terribly technical, is this hard to connect?
Not really, we’ve had plenty of customers of all ages who proclaim they are not technical succeed at installing unassisted. The product comes with an illustrated Quick Start setup guide to make it easy to get up and running. You can read our guides and see a video describing the process on the Documentation page.
If I change ISPs, purchase a different Internet speed package or my ISP changes my provisioned speed, what should I do?
If you substantially change your plan, or change ISPs, we recommend going back through the short initial configuration process, which is easily done from the Advanced->Initial Config menu item. It will remember many of your prior settings, such as the WiFi name and password. This will give you an opportunity to let it know you've changed from say, DSL to Cable, and to let it re-tune to the new service and gear. See this support article for further details.
Does IQrouter ever lower my speed?
IQrouter is a smart traffic management system that steps in to control data speeds when the line starts to become congested. When the communication line isn’t saturated with data, it’s allowed to deliver data at the maximum speed, but as soon as there’s congestion, the data speed needs to be intelligently throttled and managed in order to maintain Internet Quality. However, you get quicker results on page loads and other actives thanks to radically reduced latencies under load. Please read our article on Speed and speed tests to learn more.
How long does the optimization or tuning process take?
Each tuning run takes approximately two minutes as we first need to measure the actual line speed before applying and checking optimizations.
Does IQrouter’s built-in WiFi access point provide satisfactory WiFi coverage?
Yes, for small to medium-sized premises, IQrouter’s WiFi coverage is quite good. For large premises, an additional WiFi access point could be considered for greater WiFi coverage.
I already have a relatively new and powerful router/access point, why do I need this?
Like you, we’ve all gone out and bought new gear hoping for improvements, and while some are achieved, quality is still not that great. Even the high-end >$200 antenna-festooned units fail at delivering quality service (we know, we’ve tested them) out of the box or on variable lines. So what we recommend is to get the IQrouter, and repurpose your other device as an additional access point and enjoy both optimum coverage and quality.
My DSL service stinks, will this fix that?
Sure will, as most ISP-supplied modem/routers are very poor performers and when replaced with an IQrouter, customers see an immediate improvement thanks to our intelligent traffic management that is optimized for your specific line. Additionally, the IQrouter will report any line issues it discovers via a handy Customer Dashboard. Customers have successfully used that report to get the ISP to fix the line.
I lose Internet access several times a day on DSL, what can I do?
That is often a symptom of an underlying issue relating to the line, like a bad connection in the house wiring or the ISP wire to the home, then the stability of the line will still be an issue, but when it’s working, an IQrouter will improve the quality whenever its connected.
Therefore we recommend that you first work with your ISP to correct anything under their control, and that you also look at your home wiring to ensure it’s not the source of the problem. We have an article that provides some tips: The Last 50 Feet – DSL home wiring
Is it secure?
The IQrouter is built with up-to-date software foundations that include the latest security patches. Whenever there are updates, the administrative status screen tells you so you can just click a button to get the latest features and patches.
Furthermore, unlike so many other commercial or ISP-supplied routers, this one does not have default passwords; you must provide your own unique password for WiFi and for router administrative access. This protects you from malware that might try to change something in your router without your knowledge.
What are the tech specs?
We have a dedicated page detailing the technical specifications of the IQrouter.
Where can I get answers to more technical questions about the IQrouter
Visit IQrouter's Help Center for even more FAQs and guides, or to open a support ticket if you need further clarifications.