Need a New Router and AP

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by Master_Pain, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Master_Pain

    Master_Pain Weinstein is my God, and always Right

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    My Meraki MX64 is about to come up on its licensing, so I don't really feel like renewing for home use.

    What do you guys recommend for reliability these days? I don't want to have to reboot the bastard every couple of months, so something that is reliable. Currently have 250mbps, so doesn't need to route gigabit.

    Also need a standalone POE AP.
     
  2. Cmustang87

    Cmustang87 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Did you get the MX64 from their CMNA class or was it a free box for attending a webinar? If the former, you can relicense it by taking a single day refresher course.

    Else: Just get a Ubituiti EdgeRouter. You'll feel right at home coming from Meraki - but with quite a bit more knobs.
     
  3. FNtastic

    FNtastic [H]ard|Gawd

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    Pfsense or ubiquiti edgerouter, depending on what features/capabilities you're looking for. You'll need to have hardware lying around, or purchase new hardware for pfsense. Edgerouter already includes hardware and software.
     
  4. Master_Pain

    Master_Pain Weinstein is my God, and always Right

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    The MX was from a webinar at work. I thought about PFSense, but I don't really want to be screwing with networking at home too...

    ER-X looks like it's getting good reviews on Amazon and is dirt cheap. Just go with that, or need to get one of the higher end models?
     
  5. Master_Pain

    Master_Pain Weinstein is my God, and always Right

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    Looking at the AP's, it looks like the nanoHD is the way to go to get MU-MIMO. That's a pretty damn good price for that honestly, especially if you don't need 2.4ghz.
     
  6. FNtastic

    FNtastic [H]ard|Gawd

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    ER-X should be good for your connection. Any of the ubiquiti APs are pretty solid. I recommend the legacy firmware. YMMV
     
  7. Master_Pain

    Master_Pain Weinstein is my God, and always Right

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    Legacy firmware on the AP? Why's that?
     
  8. FNtastic

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    They aren't explicit about it, but their "stable" release is actually beta/testing firmware. They have broken many people's networks with certain versions. Basically, if the version you're on works and there are no security issues that are addressed in a firmware update, don't go for the latest and greatest until you do your research. And, you might be the one experimenting and reporting back your issues if you choose to update.
    Case and point: https://community.ubnt.com/t5/UniFi...UAP-USW-has-been-released-Stable/td-p/2661321

    Edit: here's a more recent "Stable candidate". Which, even people without any technical experience, realize the release isn't ready for. And, you can see that in the comments. https://community.ubnt.com/t5/UniFi...UAP-USW-has-been-released-Stable/td-p/2743991
    Stick to the older legacy firmware that is tried and true, and you won't have any issues. I like to tinker and try out the builds that break things. Just a heads up to help a fellow member avoid potential hours or days troubleshooting
     
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  9. Master_Pain

    Master_Pain Weinstein is my God, and always Right

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    Sounds good, guess I will pick those 2 up to replace my Meraki stuff. I'll let you know if I hit any walls.
     
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  10. Vengance_01

    Vengance_01 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Yup unifi is all I will use going forward. Love my in-wall ac lite APs. One of these days I will replace my crappy old POS Netgear router with the unifi edge router or security gateway
     
  11. HammerSandwich

    HammerSandwich [H]ard|Gawd

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    This, this, this! I really like UBNT, but you'd be crazy to try their software immediately after release.

    "Stable" EdgeOS v2+ was bricking the ER-X series for a while until it was pulled a few weeks ago. Not only did QA miss this, they took some time to respond to forum posts before removing the download.
     
  12. BlueLineSwinger

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    Afraid I have to agree. I really like the hardware and is still the best choice is many circumstances, but their QA is seriously lacking.

    (Also, they really need to step up and bring their IPv6 support up to speed. But that's just kinda my pet peeve.)
     
  13. Vengance_01

    Vengance_01 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Have to admit I typically upgrade regularly with my APs at home and work without any I'll affect
     
  14. Redmud

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    Not had any issues with my ER-X. I just redid my home network with a Unifi switch and an AC-PRO.
     
  15. Master_Pain

    Master_Pain Weinstein is my God, and always Right

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    Have my Edgerouter X and NanoHD sitting here. What firmware is the most stable?
     
  16. FNtastic

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    I think nanoHD has better luck with the newer firmwares. Poke around the threads for each version to see what others are saying about the nanoHD stability. Trust me, you'll know when it's a bad one ;):p
     
  17. IdiotInCharge

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    Updated the UAP-AC-Pro and Switch 8 60w last night, but I'm still hesitent to move the ER-4 off of the 2.0 Beta 3 to the release 2.0 firmware.

    I can handle the AP and the switch not taking firmware, but the router works...