Ubiquiti ER-X router $38 from Newegg.

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  1. AltTabbins

    AltTabbins I Post [H]ere Way Too Much

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  2. DigitalGriffin

    DigitalGriffin [H]ardness Supreme

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    They are nice. I considered using one as a firewall and DHCP duties before my gets it. Small Net Builder rates them very highly. There are ones even better than this out of the box (MicroTik) . And if you are really brave Tomato WRT.
     
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  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt 2[H]4U

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    I have an Edgerouter Lite ERLITE-3. I love the functionality, but one of the key reasons I bought it was to QoS my gaming rig above and beyond the other devices in my LAN. Where it seems to break down is about 150mbps of internet service; I know, first world problems..... My normal service is 250mbps, but after enabling some basic QoS, this dropped me down to 150mbps. Now, that _may_ not be an issue, but in this day and age, with why people buy the ubiquiti, and this forum in general, this could be an issue. Even when the other devices were not functioning, I was stuck @ 150mbps. The ER-X is slightly less spec than my ERLITE-3, so be warned.

    If you want a fantastic tinkering router that gives you all the rope to hang yourself, this is it. I love mine, but to do what I want, I think I need to step up to the Edgerouter 4 series.
     
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    This is why I started with the ER-4; can basically do every function at line rate. Of course that may have not been an option when you purchased :).

    I've looked very closely at MicroTik's stuff, but if digging into the guts of a Ubiquiti product seems in any way daunting, MicroTik looks like a nightmare. Which means that I'll probably get something from them to play with, maybe their 10Gbit switch when it comes in stock, but do note that the Ubiquiti stuff at least comes with an 'easy button' to get you started.
     
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  5. Bullitt

    Bullitt 2[H]4U

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    It was an option but I wasn't going to drop $200 on it yet. But at $97 and boasting 1million pps (I have yet to take my JDSU test sets home and check that out) I thought I'd try the ERLITE-3 first. I'm gonna wait for a better sale than 10% off (current Newegg deal) for an ER-4. Finding out real world performance stats on these are frustrating. Without QoS, the ERLITE-3 is a pretty good piece of kit, or with QoS its still pretty good, up to a point.
     
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  6. HammerSandwich

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    The ERX runs at 880MHz instead of 500, giving twice the performance with small packets per the specs. Unfortunately, I can't comment on how this affects QOS or VPN performance.

    Either way, I agree that buyers should have reasonable expectations for $40. At that price, it's a solid deal for people who want to learn more networking or to have an affordable backup router that's not a POS. Heck, it's basically the same price as the cheapest switches that can do VLANs.
     
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  7. Bullitt

    Bullitt 2[H]4U

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    I stand corrected. For some reason, I read the ERX was 500mhz and similar PPS than the ERLITE-3. I defer to your link for a more accurate comparison. What I can say, with "normal" internet traffic, that ERLITE-3 just fell down past 150mbps in my "Let me make sure my Xbox and my android phones don't saturate my link while I'm trying to frag it up."
     
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    Thanks, my main router crapped out on me, running a tomato based Netgear that I can put away shortly:)
     
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  9. Ocellaris

    Ocellaris Ginger @le, an alcoholic's best friend.

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    This is what UBNT list for QoS performance using Smart Queue:

    Seems poor, however in my experience the QoS works extremely well when needed. There is pretty much nothing I can do with my 100/10 connection that will cause any lag on any devices in my house. If I had a 400/400 connection or something similar, I wouldn’t need QoS so much.

    I also have various AC class routers from Netgear, Asus, and Linksys and none of them can truly keep everything working with their QoS rules. This is with and without stock firmware on all those devices.