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# 213861 16-Apr-2017 09:51
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Hi all

Pretty soon I'm about to move house and am looking for a new router and AP's. I've spent a bit of time researching and am keen to get a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter (ER-X-SFP) and x2 UniFi AC Lite AP's (one for each floor of the house).

My main reasoning behind picking the ER-X-SFP router is that it will support powering the two UniFi AP's I'm going to have attached instead of POE injectors. I'll be signing up for gigabit fibre so this router should be more than capable to handle this. A few questions I have:

1. Would anyone have an argument for a different Ubiquiti router or can anyone recommend the one I'm looking to purchase?
2. Has anyone found a compatible SFP to RJ45 Gigabit module? I'd like to use the SFP port with a RJ45 module as my main WAN connection to keep the other ports free for server rather than having that port unused.

Thanks in advance :)

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  # 1764893 16-Apr-2017 10:43
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I've got the same hardware (ERX-SFP) and 1 AC-Lite AP. Haven't had any issues with the router (uptime close to 2 months now without issue) or AP. Range is great on the AP, the single AP actually gives me good range throughout my entire 2 story house (its located upstairs on the ceiling above the stairwell), but that is more luck due to the layout of my house more than anything, I suspect most 2 story houses would benefit from a 2nd AP.

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  # 1764907 16-Apr-2017 11:05
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I got the exact same setup except with the next model up in router, due to the processing power, Edgerouter PoE which is running 2x Unifi AC Lites.


If you want to run more than 1 PoE Device and you don't want to use the injectors then get the Edgerouter PoE. Its got the same CPU as the ER Lite.


The ER-X is a good price. As long as you don't have too many firewall rules and vpns. You will get more performance out of a ERL or ER PoE.




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  # 1765017 16-Apr-2017 14:36
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Yes you may be cutting it in quite close with the ER-X. If you're going to Gigabit Fibre then do yourself a solid and get the Edgerouter-PoE like @darylblake did. Very good router.

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  # 1766475 18-Apr-2017 07:43
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Thanks all - great to know I am on the right track. After doing a little more reading I'm going to go for the Edgerouter PoE instead. This should future-proof the purchase as well. Just saw your tutorial you've made for the Edgerouter @michaelmurfy - thanks so much for putting that together. I might even be in touch to signup to your community UniFi Cloud Controller.

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  # 1767464 19-Apr-2017 17:00
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I'm wondering if anyone has found a good (compact) UPS style device that would work, ideally, for an ONT, router and AP?


I have seen one but I don't think it would power something that needed PoE.

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  # 1767471 19-Apr-2017 17:11
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I'm wondering if anyone has found a good (compact) UPS style device that would work, ideally, for an ONT, router and AP?


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  # 1767499 19-Apr-2017 17:51
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I'm wondering if anyone has found a good (compact) UPS style device that would work, ideally, for an ONT, router and AP?




Thanks - that was the one I had seen, but it only seems to do 12V (max 40w). The Ubiquiti Edgerouter POE is 48V (max 60W). Looking at the Edgerouter X-SFP that is 24V. I've emailed them to see if they can do 24V or 48V.


I guess if you have an ONT and a basic all in one router/ap then that device would be good.

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