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#191327 1-Feb-2016 10:36
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This will be another of those 'what should I buy' posts, but I do know some of my requirements.

 

Getting UFB (with Bigpipe) installed in a couple of weeks - just the 100/20 plan to begin with.

 

Have an existing TP-Link TD-W8968 which looks like it will initially work ok - but its only single band wifi and wont support higher UFB speeds if I increase the plan speed.

 

Thinking I would like something reasonably future proof if possible:

 

     

  1. Can be easily purchased (some of the devices GZ users have seem to be import only models) - or tell me who sells it
  2. Dual band wifi
  3. Good coverage for a 2 story house (yes I realise this is absolutely subjective, but...)
  4. Support VLAN tagging - but can be switched off  (Bigpipe dont use VLAN tagging but others do if I ever change - Or should I ignore this)
  5. Ideally have a straightforward way of redirecting DNS lookup traffic (all port 53 UDP to an unblocker DNS for example) rather than just blocking
  6. Around $200 ish price range - suggest away if its more but I can dream cant I?

 

I am not a Netflix user, but do access other content and am aware other providers may start getting crankier about geo-blocking - hence (5)

 

I had my eye of the TP-Link Archer C2 or even the C7, but neither appear to support (4) or (5) but look really good on the other points.

 

 





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  #1484757 3-Feb-2016 19:41

Most flexible would be a Ubiquity edge router lite or a Mikrotic router. But steep learning curve if you have never used one before.  No inbuilt Wifi on the Ubiquity. But you could probably re-purpose your current router for wifi. Or just buy a decent wifi access point.

 

 

 

Conflict of interest - I use a Ubiquity Edge router lite for my own UFB connection. And currently using a re purposed Huawei HG659B router for wifi (spark branded). But intend to upgrade the access point to some Xclaim access points. Probably http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETXCL1004&name=Xclaim-Indoor-Dual-Band-%282.4GHz--5GHz-Concurrent%29-






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  #1484764 3-Feb-2016 20:09
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Asus RT-AC68U

 

But beyond your budget new. But can be had near your budget on trademe





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  #1484769 3-Feb-2016 20:15
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joker97: Asus RT-AC68U ...

 

+1   MUCH more user-friendly then the Ubiquiti.  smile





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  #1488266 9-Feb-2016 18:59
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Aredwood:

 

Most flexible would be a Ubiquity edge router lite or a Mikrotic router. But steep learning curve if you have never used one before.  No inbuilt Wifi on the Ubiquity. But you could probably re-purpose your current router for wifi. Or just buy a decent wifi access point.

 

 

 

Conflict of interest - I use a Ubiquity Edge router lite for my own UFB connection. And currently using a re purposed Huawei HG659B router for wifi (spark branded). But intend to upgrade the access point to some Xclaim access points. Probably http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETXCL1004&name=Xclaim-Indoor-Dual-Band-%282.4GHz--5GHz-Concurrent%29-

 

 

Awesome, how did you make the 659b run in AP mode? I want to use a laptop to run the UFB and the 659b to run only wireless AP.


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  #1488317 9-Feb-2016 20:01
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joker97: Asus RT-AC68U ...


+1   MUCH more user-friendly then the Ubiquiti.  smile



I have my Spark modem bridged to one of these for my VDSL connection and it's fantastic. I am in a small 2 storey townhouse (129m2) and it gives me wireless speeds that almost match my wired speeds throughout the house. I've situated it as close to the centre as possible. You can set up 5Ghz only guest networks on it for if you wish to avoid 2.4Ghz all together. It was expensive but so worth it. They advertise it as the world's fastest router.




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  #1490758 11-Feb-2016 20:04
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Conflict of interest - I use a Ubiquity Edge router lite for my own UFB connection. And currently using a re purposed Huawei HG659B router for wifi (spark branded). But intend to upgrade the access point to some Xclaim access points. Probably http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETXCL1004&name=Xclaim-Indoor-Dual-Band-%282.4GHz--5GHz-Concurrent%29-

 

 

Sorry for my lack of knowledge but isn't that easier (and most cost-effective) to get a Unifi AC Lite to pair up with Edge router? Or Xclaim is so much better in some ways?


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