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Topic # 201279 11-Aug-2016 16:25
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Hi all, 

 

I've finally got into an area where I am eligible for UFB. I've already got an order in the system and a cancellation with my previous provider. My question to existing users (aside from all the "hows your on peak performance?" is what routers are you all using? 
I have three users to look out for. I will be using ethernet but sadly the other users want Wi-Fi, so something with a bit of grunt there would be nice. 

Cheers Guys :)

 

 





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  Reply # 1610204 11-Aug-2016 16:37
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I wouldn't have a cancellation until your UFB is installed - there is a huge variance in install time frames - from 5 days to our current longest order being 130 days and it is still in the Feasibility stage.





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  Reply # 1610228 11-Aug-2016 17:33
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I use the Asus RT-AC87U router, works flawlessly.





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  Reply # 1610396 12-Aug-2016 00:32
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Do you mean just the router, or the (router + switch + wireless AP) packaged together in an "all-in-one" box?

 

For all-in-one, in a small home, I've used an ASUS AC-68u.

 

However, for future proofing, performance, and scaleabilty can I suggest separate components? My current set up is:

 

Fibre ONT > router > switch > wireless APs, where:

 

1. Router = pfSense installed on an i3-3220 with Intel i-350 Quad NIC

 

2. Switch = Netgear GS10Tv2 8-port gigabit managed switch

 

3. Wifi APs = An Ubiquiti Unifi AC Pro and an ASUS AC-68u in AP mode

 

 

 

This setup is absolutely flawless, provides great wifi coverage around our 2 story house, and is admittedly overkill for the ~20 or so devices we have connected to our 100/20 UFB connection. In fact it's so reliable I'm getting bored of how stable it all is :)


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  Reply # 1610403 12-Aug-2016 07:04
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I use what Snap gave me, a Fritzbox 7390. It works well and is reliable. Suggest you use the ISP supplied / recommended router, which for Bigpipe is this - the Huawei HG659, on special right now, as if you have any problems they're familiar with it.





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  Reply # 1610415 12-Aug-2016 07:33
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HG659B - the default Spark box for 100mbit+ connections. Has Wireless AC and 1000mbit wired and is lightyears ahead of the the previous Spark default routers. Wouldn't specifically go looking for one, but if you can score it cheap on Trademe and reconfigure it easily, it would be worth considering as a default option.




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  Reply # 1610552 12-Aug-2016 10:51
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cisconz:

 

I wouldn't have a cancellation until your UFB is installed - there is a huge variance in install time frames - from 5 days to our current longest order being 130 days and it is still in the Feasibility stage.

 

 

Well we're shifting houses and I would rather use my massive amount of accumulated mobile data than install a xDSL into the premises. That being said I appreciate what you're saying. 

 

 

 

RunningMan

 

Seen the sticky?

 

 

 

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=66&topicid=197871

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have thank you I was more wanting to hear from users and what they have going at the minute :) 

 

 

 

 sultanoswing

 

 

 

Do you mean just the router, or the (router + switch + wireless AP) packaged together in an "all-in-one" box?

 

 

 

For all-in-one, in a small home, I've used an ASUS AC-68u.

 

 

 

However, for future proofing, performance, and scaleabilty can I suggest separate components? My current set up is:

 

 

 

Fibre ONT > router > switch > wireless APs, where:

 

 

 

1. Router = pfSense installed on an i3-3220 with Intel i-350 Quad NIC

 

 

 

2. Switch = Netgear GS10Tv2 8-port gigabit managed switch

 

 

 

3. Wifi APs = An Ubiquiti Unifi AC Pro and an ASUS AC-68u in AP mode

 

 

 

 

 

I'm in two minds as to whether I do an all-in-one solution or whether I do something similar to you. Just wanting to hear from folks who have something running. It is just for home use really. My family does a lot of streaming and we don't use cable TV where as I'm torrenting and doing the odd bit of casual gaming/uploading to Youtube. Pretty standard stuff really. 





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  Reply # 1611030 13-Aug-2016 09:14
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EdgeRouter Lite + D-Link DGS-1100-24 + cnPilot E400.

 

Tried pfSense before using the ERL but couldn't see a benefit, particularly for a 100/20 connection.


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  Reply # 1611031 13-Aug-2016 09:24
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HG659b in a patch panel, ethernet to Airport Extreme. Pretty darn impressed with the wifi coverage in our 283 sqm two level house.


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  Reply # 1611033 13-Aug-2016 09:44
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While waiting for my UFB install to be completed I am using a TP-Link TD8960N with its IP Extension flag set as an adsl passthrough to an Asus RT 68U router and it works great. I got the Asus for UFB as it seemed to be very popular on Forums. It is a fantastic router and I would highly recommend it.


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  Reply # 1611042 13-Aug-2016 10:05
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PANiCnz:

 

EdgeRouter Lite + D-Link DGS-1100-24 + cnPilot E400.

 

Tried pfSense before using the ERL but couldn't see a benefit, particularly for a 100/20 connection.

 

 

 

 

It's not so much the speed of the connection for which I use pfSense, as routing speed is hardware dependant anyway, regardless of the software, but rather the opensource nature of it, the free cost, and the plethora of features. To each their own, though :)


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  Reply # 1611050 13-Aug-2016 11:07
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sultanoswing:

 

PANiCnz:

 

EdgeRouter Lite + D-Link DGS-1100-24 + cnPilot E400.

 

Tried pfSense before using the ERL but couldn't see a benefit, particularly for a 100/20 connection.

 

 

 

 

It's not so much the speed of the connection for which I use pfSense, as routing speed is hardware dependent anyway, regardless of the software, but rather the opensource nature of it, the free cost, and the plethora of features. To each their own, though :)

 

 

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.


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  Reply # 1611052 13-Aug-2016 11:45
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If you are using separates, and if you intend to use a Ubiquiti AP, then consider the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X (ER-X) as an alternative to the EdgeRouter Lite.

 

Why?

Because it is smaller, cheaper, has more Gigabit ports (5 instead of 3), and  can be run off the same 24V power injector that powers the Ubiquiti AP.  Makes a very tidy install.

I have used both the ERL and the ER-X on 100Mbps connections, and get excellent performance from both routers. The EdgeOS user interface is the same in both.

The ERL can cope with Gigabit fibre, but the ER-X can not.  This is irrelevant on a 100/20 connection.





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  Reply # 1611061 13-Aug-2016 12:38
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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.)

 

 

 

 






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  Reply # 1611065 13-Aug-2016 12:45
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Ubiquiti USG Router and UniFi AC access point - going very well so far.





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