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# 143450 15-Apr-2014 13:02
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Hi there,

I have just bought the following to replace my Fritzbox (which I have had a few issues with);

    * Draytek Vigor 130 as VDSL modem
    * Ubiquiti UAP-LR as WIFI AP
    * Cisco SPA122 as VOIP ATA
    * Running dnsmasq on my home server to handle all DHCP/DNS requests
    * Running FreeSWITCH as my VOIP server

I was intending to use the Vigor as the LAN router but I am a little concerned it will be able to handle all the traffic. I have just had to upgrade my 16 port switch to 24 ports as I had run out. When you add in my WIFI clients there is potentially quite a bit of traffic on my LAN.

Do I need to be concerned about the Vigor handling all this, if all it is doing is acting as the VDSL modem and routing packets around?

Or should I be looking to add a dedicated router? If so, what are the recommendations - given that I don't need anything extra, like WIFI, modem, etc. I am guessing something running DDWRT or Tomato would be ideal?

Open to suggestions!

Many thanks,

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  # 1025539 15-Apr-2014 13:07
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Hi, Mikrotik is the right answer.


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  # 1025541 15-Apr-2014 13:08
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Thanks Cyril - in your opinion the Vigor will struggle then?


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  # 1025544 15-Apr-2014 13:13
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Hi, the Vigor I would imagine would be fine, but more the point that if you want the best router, then I would recommend the Mikrotik with a bridge modem infront of it if, if you want GigE ports then you can spend a bit more for. I dont know of many router platforms outside of expensive Cisco kit that can do as much as RouterOS for the $

or in Rackmount form


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  # 1025546 15-Apr-2014 13:18
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The Vigor 130 does bridging I believe, so with that + a Mikrotik I should be in business.

Thanks for your input.

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  # 1027708 19-Apr-2014 13:31

Only other option is a Ubiquiti Edge Router.

Im using one on my Snap 100/50 ufb connection instead of the fritz box. Problem is that the edge router GUI isn't fully developed yet. Alot of stuff needs to be configured via Command Line.
If you or anyone else wants I can upload my config file that allows the Edge Router to work on UFB. (should also work on VDSL)

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  # 1029413 22-Apr-2014 20:59
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Well I went for the Mikrotik and I clearly should have done a little more research!! It was not the easy plug-n-play device I was expecting, but after 3-4 hours of reading and playing around I managed to get everything up and running. I followed a guide ( which took me through most of the basic stuff, including a firewall config.

I just want to make sure I am doing everything right, so wondered if anyone else had any useful docs/clips of how to configure RouterOS in a typical SOHO environment? In particular with regard to firewalls and NAT etc.

It is certainly a very powerful device, but requires a bit more networking knowledge than I was expecting!! 

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