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I know one obvious way is to upgrade to a modern computer but not a lot of people can afford to do that.

What I have attempted to do to try to speed up auto-routing operation is to add lines from the restrict layer to prevent eagle from making ridiculous long-loop connections.

I have also added space to some components, but I can't add too much space since I only have so much board material.

Is there any other way I can speed up the auto router?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Turn it off and route manually? \$\endgroup\$ – The Photon Dec 14 '16 at 23:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ I tried routing manually in the past and that actually takes longer, especially when trying to make the decent lines that the autorouter does, and besides, the auto-router is able to make perfect 45-degree angles. \$\endgroup\$ – user116345 Dec 15 '16 at 3:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ Eagle doesn't have a manual routing mode that keeps you on 45 and 90 degree angles? \$\endgroup\$ – The Photon Dec 15 '16 at 3:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ It might but manual routing will still take longer. \$\endgroup\$ – user116345 Dec 15 '16 at 5:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Mike, the solution is to turn off the autorouter. Did you put into your measure how much time it costs to do those lines in the restrict layer? When it comes to high-speed or impedance-controlled tracks, you had to route manually in any case. If you need 45° angles in manual routing, just use the _/ and \_ track laying modes instead of direct connections. Oh, and use a reasonable grid. \$\endgroup\$ – Janka Dec 26 '16 at 20:29
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Apart from the solution which you already aware about - using faster PC - there's a way how to make it running faster, but it is close to manual routing.

Autorouter should router faster when you place components in convenient places of the board making autorouter's task easy, but, to do it properly, you need to have idea about how board should be routed. But if you know how it should be routed, you will be able to route manually relatively effectively and efficiently.

There're several tips setting up component layout for routing - most obvious is having - tracks at one level and | tracks at another level, having them connected through through-hole pads or vias: this can be implemented very well for set of wires having same function (e.g. address bus, data bus).

In my opinion putting restrictions on routing area should slow down the autorouting task - simply because there're more components for autorouter to consider during routing.

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