Sleepy's router guide v0.3
The following is about how to set up eMule itself when using a router, this is important so do not ignore it.
Most routers use a 16 bit address code for calculating the connections, this results in a maximum amount of connections of 256, normally this would not be a problem. But when using eMule it can be a problem, since eMule usually requires as much connections as it can get.
The max connections can be set in the connection tab in the preferences menu, without a router this can be set to about 300 to 500 on a windows 2000/XP system (less than 90 on a windows 95/98/ME system because of the bad networking system in these versions).
A router uses a special chip to arrange connections, this chip has limitations!
When using a router you have to keep an eye on this, I advise setting this to around 200 and not very much higher because if the router has to many connections it can crash(will need a reboot then) or stop making new connections. This means no more web browsing or getting email and things like that because these connections can not be made by the router.
Most routers suffer from this problem.
Examples; Linksys routers, Alcatel routers (especially the 510i and the speedtouch PRO versions) Netgear routers, some cable modems even suffer from this problem.
When you set the max. connections lower, to 200 do not set max sources per file to high, otherwise it will keep looking for sources and forget to keep an eye on sources where you can download from. Set these to 400 when downloading 5 or less files, to 300 when downloading 5 to 12 files and with more then 12 files set it to 250 or even 200. These settings can be found in the Files tab in the preferences window.
eMulePlus is a very smart little mule, very uncommon for mules but it comes in handy, if you can get more sources than those that you already have emule will discard the useless sources slowly and let fresh sources in.
The last setting to set is the Max. connections per 5 seconds, routers with a faster processor(yes every router has it's own processor) can handle more connections per 5 seconds, I recommend setting this to 30. If you think your router can handle more, then gradually increase this value until you notice slower internet and failing to load web pages.