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  #1611090 13-Aug-2016 13:45
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My main concern is that with a 100/20+ connection you start getting into a situation where you actually need some semi decent hardware to route at line speed. Said hardware is often more expensive than the ~$200 an ERL costs, consumes more power and generates more heat.


pfSense is a great product, but if starting from scratch (i.e. no spare PC hardware) then on cost alone I think its hard to beat the ERL or similarly spec'd MikroTik kit.



Even more so if you want to run encrypted OpenVPN traffic (AES-NI). Speaking of Mikotik, I was considering RouterOS except they have a curious implementation of openVPN i.e. no UDP support, which I required.


Agreed on the heat/cost/power equation, and it's probably overkill unless you do need the specific features and yet.....[echoes of Tim the Toolman Taylor....]


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  #1642457 29-Sep-2016 10:59
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I'm still using my WNDR3700 with OpenWRT loaded on it.


I've had this now for must be close to 6-7 years and it hasn't failed me. Has a 1Gb WAN port (in case I want to move to 200mbps), as well as gigabit LAN ports and dual band 2.4/5Ghz wifi.


Plenty for what I have needed over the years and still now. Frequently have ~8 wifi devices connected at once, plus my desktop hard wired and handles well.




I realize that's on the old part of the spectrum, but hard to tell if it'd fit your requirements without a little more detail. (i.e. Size of area you want to cover, etc.)









I'm just about to install OpenWRT on a TL-WDR3600 in preparation for a move to Bigpipe next week. Any gotchas I should be aware of using OpenWRT with Bigpipe?

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Uber Geek


  #1642463 29-Sep-2016 11:03
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Why do you think you need OpenWRT?


Why not just run it on standard and see how it goes. Seems to have pretty good feedback/reviews on amazon.


You do realise that sometimes hardware doesnt run as well with third party software - have you checked that out?

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler

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  #1642513 29-Sep-2016 12:01
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Why do you think you need OpenWRT?







I don't. I want it... smile




OPENWRT has some features I want, and I'm a firm believer in open source being more secure than closed source.

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  #1642551 29-Sep-2016 12:35
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TP Link Archer c9




its ace, and was well easy to setup. Auto sensed PPPOE and configured itself really.


5ghz wireless in an apartment saturated with 2.4 networks is the future!

The little things make the biggest difference.

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Master Geek

  #1642613 29-Sep-2016 13:49



I use the Asus RT-AC87U router, works flawlessly.





Using the same on 200/200. When gigabit switches over, it should still be fine though my cat5e cabling might be a bottleneck. Will have to wait and see.

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  #1643120 30-Sep-2016 09:16
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Was using an Archer C9 and C3200 on 200/200 but they were getting a bit unstable during high loads.


I ended up buying a Shuttle DS57U and installing pfsense, it has been fantastic so far, was really easy to set up and only cost about as much as a standard high end consumer router but has a lot more capability.

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Master Geek

  #1643127 30-Sep-2016 09:35

HG659 from Vodafone (paid the postage). Easy set-up and works a treat, plus excellent Wi-Fi coverage throughout the house.

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  #1643195 30-Sep-2016 10:56
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HG659 from Voda where I am now for UFB & an RB2011 + Dreytek DV130 for VDSL + Unifi AP at my new place on Vibe. 


Both setups are working well.

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  #1643205 30-Sep-2016 11:18
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Fortigate 100D for firewall/routing and fritz!box 7490 for VOIP services only via 2Degrees

Do whatever you want to do man.


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