I believe user ahinojosa_it2 was referring to the connection speed settings of the WAN.
Dashboard>WAN>Details …then about halfway down you will see Upload Bandwidth and Download Bandwidth. You can set these to match your ISP’s stated numbers. Use “Mbps” for both and then save the settings. Usually default settings work out of the box.
Re. your original question:
“Also, has anyone seen a simple (home user) level description of how to configure the router for a simple network?”
No I haven’t seen one for the SURF but its the same as any home router and its ready out of the box. Just google “home network guide” etc… Try the search function to see if anyone has written anything up?
After a firmware upgrade to 8.0.2 build 1480 and a factory reset it is already configured as a simple network and ready to use. You might want to change all the passwords and WiFi network names of course - but its good to go out of the box in my experience. The recommendations I have made in this thread resolved my issues so I am confident they will help you as well. The SURF is as easy to use as any home router (if not easier) that I have ever used.
Bear in mind if you have 10 connected computers all trying to download at the same time you would get ~12Mbps each as it is a 120Mbps router. You can monitor connected clients to see how much you are using. I have a 15Mbps DSL connection for example so to me 12Mbps is a lot!
Status>Client List ….shows real time connected clients and their upload/ download in Kbps (default).
From your (admin) computer you can monitor the connected clients in one window. In another window play a 2 hour movie on YOUTUBE for example (or run “speedtest” for a more accurate test of bandwidth) to generate network traffic.
You will see your download Kbps increase for that connected client.
If you have disconnected all other computers from the SURF and turned off the WiFi AP (on the Dashboard) then the admin computer download Kbps should rise to the max available from your ISP provided MODEM. The SURF can process max 120Mbps = 120,000Kbps. Do an actual “speedtest” to measure your ISP’s bandwidth.
Sometimes ISP’s have network problems so you could also test that by attempting to plug a computer directly into the MODEM and “speedtest” it directly to verify their numbers. If you attempt this then reboot the MODEM and the computer as this helps them form a successful connection.
(edited for clarity)