I live in a apartment with 4 other students. We have 5 laptops connected to the network (normal LAN cables, not wireless).
We have 10mbs optics internet. The ISP provided a free modem/router which is AWESOME, never had to reset it, never experienced latency or any other problem whatsoever. It has 8 LAN slots. BUT the ISP only provides 3 IPs (dynamic ones). This means that only 3 computers can be connected thru this modem/router.
We bought a D-Link DIR-100 router so that everyone can connect to internet. This means that 2 computers have a nice and stable connection. While the rest are "doomed".
The router is just horrible. There are those rare times when everything works perfectly. But most of the times we are experiencing the following problems:
-Webpages takes longer to load
-Webpages don't load at all
-Webpages partially load or are displayed incorrectly
-Download rates are slower
-Disconnects from multiplayer games and applications such as Messenger
Also I need to mention that we are not doing anything "intense". No P2P abuse or high bandwidth downloads.
Sometimes everything works fine for days. Sometimes we have to reset router several time per day (take it off power and plug it back in). It seems that router just "overloads". The connection gets "stuffed".
I really don't know what to do. I tried disabling firewall (not sure if it's even possible on this router). I tried port forwarding, DMZ, disabling encryptions, etc... NOTHING seems to work.
What I want? I want something that splits 1 IP adress into 3. I don't need fancy options and encryptions, I don't need firewall or anything at all. I only want router to split the IP without tempering with connection.
I called ISP, they are not willing to provide 2 more IPs... The only thing they can do is provide 1 static IP instead of dynamic one.
Will static IP solve problems?
If not... what are my options? Are more expensive routers better? Do they need resets? If expensive routers are better - which one to buy? What company, what model?
I really want a stable and fast connection 24/7. The same thing that is already provided to me by my ISP and their modem/router (with 3 IPs).
I would really appreciate any and all help.