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shermanp
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  #3108634 27-Jul-2023 07:08
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Hi all

 

I recently bought a house and will be moving into it in a few weeks, so I am starting to look at my new internet setup.

 

I have been boarding with different people over the past few years, so I do not currently have an internet connection of my own. Also, the networking equipment I own has been getting rather long in the tooth, so I'm going to have a fresh start with new equipment.

 

I will be getting 1gbit UFB, most likely with Spark as I've generally had pretty solid experiences with them (once setup correctly anyway!).

 

The new house is a relatively small 1960's three bedroom home, so I'm thinking one Wifi router or access point will be all I need to cover the whole house as far as WiFi goes. Depending on what I find when I move in, I'm going to try and run some ethernet cable to a couple of places as well.

 

I need to buy a router and perhaps an access point. The RSP provided routers are fine(tm), but over the years I have found them to struggle under lots of connections etc. Also, I want something that offers more configuration options!

 

I've long been interested in the idea of getting some Mikrotik gear. Is that still a good option?

 

Alternatively, I see gowifi has some Grandstream GWN700x series routers with prices that seem almost too good to be true, are they any good?

 

If I decide to go Mikrotik, I would probably look at either the hEX (maybe too underpowered these days?), or the hAP AX2/3.

 

I'm looking forward to be able to play with home networking again. It's something you can't really do when living in other peoples homes!

 

All advice welcome.


 
 
 

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  #3108641 27-Jul-2023 08:15
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I can’t speak to the mikrotik gear at all as I’ve never used it, but have deployed a number of GWN AP’s, and I’ve gotta say, setting them up in the GUI is a piece of cake (I was in NZ and the devices were in the Philippines - all I had/needed was the MAC address from memory) and over the adt year or so, they’ve been bulletproof.
They pick up the config automatically and the staff (and guests) rave about the wifi now. Each unit is wired, plus the simplicity of their mesh ability is awesome.




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  #3108763 27-Jul-2023 13:44
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The grandstream AP's look like they are alright devices for their pricing. But there's bugger all info on their routers...




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  #3108770 27-Jul-2023 14:10
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Also, previous Grandstream routers rather soured a few people with crappy firmware update schedules, leaving major, well-identified issues unresolved for a couple of years. Let's hope they're stepped up their game a little.





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  #3108802 27-Jul-2023 15:51
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Gurezaemon:

 

Also, previous Grandstream routers rather soured a few people with crappy firmware update schedules, leaving major, well-identified issues unresolved for a couple of years. Let's hope they're stepped up their game a little.

 

 

 

 

I think I read on a forum somewhere that the prior router (GWN7000) was basically using a custom build of OpenWRT.

 

(found it: https://forum.openwrt.org/t/grandstream-gwn7000-router/135008/9)


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  #3108827 27-Jul-2023 17:49
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Im running a Mikrotik RB5009 and a GWN7664 as an access point (POE powered).

 

Super happy with the setup. Never get a complaint about the Internet from anyone else in the house anymore. Thoroughly recommend both these devices.

 

I do also have an old Asus RT-AC68U as an access point down the other of the house too. I will replace that with another GWN device at some point.


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  #3108932 28-Jul-2023 07:55
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I'm also running a Mikrotik RB5009 with 3 X GWN7660 APs and it has been rock solid setup (close to 2 years now)
The Mikrotik routers do have a steep learning curve if you don't know what you are doing but before you know it you'll be doing all sorts of crazy stuff with it. The GWN APs needed some minor tweaking to get it humming the way I wanted but the GWN Cloud is quite intuitive.




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  #3108999 28-Jul-2023 10:12
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Thanks for the suggestions so far folks.

 

I've been taking a look at the routers offered by the RSP's (eg: Orcon's Orbi Wifi 6, or Spark/Skinny's Smart Modem 3) and they have some pretty serious hardware specs for the money. I may have to rethink my distain for RSP provided routers...


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  #3109015 28-Jul-2023 10:24
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shermanp:

 

I recently bought a house and will be moving into it in a few weeks, so I am starting to look at my new internet setup.

 

I have been boarding with different people over the past few years, so I do not currently have an internet connection of my own. Also, the networking equipment I own has been getting rather long in the tooth, so I'm going to have a fresh start with new equipment.

 

I will be getting 1gbit UFB, most likely with Spark as I've generally had pretty solid experiences with them (once setup correctly anyway!).

 

The new house is a relatively small 1960's three bedroom home, so I'm thinking one Wifi router or access point will be all I need to cover the whole house as far as WiFi goes. Depending on what I find when I move in, I'm going to try and run some ethernet cable to a couple of places as well.

 

I need to buy a router and perhaps an access point. The RSP provided routers are fine(tm), but over the years I have found them to struggle under lots of connections etc. Also, I want something that offers more configuration options!

 

I've long been interested in the idea of getting some Mikrotik gear. Is that still a good option?

 

Alternatively, I see gowifi has some Grandstream GWN700x series routers with prices that seem almost too good to be true, are they any good?

 

If I decide to go Mikrotik, I would probably look at either the hEX (maybe too underpowered these days?), or the hAP AX2/3.

 

I'm looking forward to be able to play with home networking again. It's something you can't really do when living in other peoples homes!

 

All advice welcome.

 

 

 

 

I am using a GWN7660 and it's really good. Large house and we only need one so far. If you have a high density of devices you can always add another seamlessly. Needs PoE though. 

 

 

 

A good AP will solve your problems about too many connections. Usually the provided routers are sufficient for whatever you can saturate it with (e.g. I've seen 200+ connections on the HG659b pulling an aggregate 1 Gb without a sweat). 

 

 

 

Mikrotik has a good reputation for routers (just be aware of the steep learning curve) but not so good for wireless. I have planned to get a PoE RB5009 but they are consistently out of stock. 


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cddt:

 

Mikrotik has a good reputation for routers (just be aware of the steep learning curve) but not so good for wireless. I have planned to get a PoE RB5009 but they are consistently out of stock. 

 

 

 

 

Currently plenty of stock and on sale too!  ;-)

 

https://www.gowifi.co.nz/clearance-and-sale-items/rb5009ug-s-in.html

 

 


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cddt
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  #3129972 21-Sep-2023 07:12
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tangerz:

 

cddt:

 

Mikrotik has a good reputation for routers (just be aware of the steep learning curve) but not so good for wireless. I have planned to get a PoE RB5009 but they are consistently out of stock. 

 

 

 

 

Currently plenty of stock and on sale too!  ;-)

 

https://www.gowifi.co.nz/clearance-and-sale-items/rb5009ug-s-in.html

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately that's not the PoE version I am waiting for. 


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