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# 243824 3-Jan-2019 18:40
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Hi, I’d be grateful for some advice regarding home broadband set up.

 

Our current set up is VDSL, a standard Spark HG659b router sat next to the phone in the open plan kitchen and a plug in Netgear range extender to reach the bottom 2 bedrooms in an approx. 220m2 4 bed house. It works ok for our current needs but it’s not great. We mostly use mobile devices and laptops for web browsing and streaming, one TV, there are 5 of us.

 

I am planning to install fibre this year and had a quote from a local AV company with a view to integrating the network with future home theatre. Their recommendation was a Ubiquiti edge router 4 and Unifi 8 port switch in the garage (easiest pace to install the ONT relative to the position of the house to the road) running some cat 6 cables through the house to one Unifi AC pro upstairs and one lite downstairs, with ethernet ports wherever a television is or might be in the future.

 

I can save $300+ buying the same components from online retailers and I have a mate who is a very good and experienced electrician. Is this a setup that an electrician and an average (no IT training or experience) home user could get up and running?

 

Is the whole thing overkill for an average house anyway? Our need for speed and data will only increase over time and it would be good to take the opportunity to future proof the house to some extent, reading around the suggested components seem to be more small office level than average home but do appear to be well rated on these forums.

 

Thank you for your time and thoughts


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  # 2154061 3-Jan-2019 18:58
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Instead of the Edgerouter, get a Unifi Security Gateway + a Cloud Key as all the other components are from the Unifi range.

 

Much easier to get it from GoWifi or Snappernet.

 

 


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  # 2154270 4-Jan-2019 11:33
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engedib:

 

Instead of the Edgerouter, get a Unifi Security Gateway + a Cloud Key as all the other components are from the Unifi range.

 

Much easier to get it from GoWifi or Snappernet.

 

 

@michaelmurfy what are your thoughts on an Edgerouter 4 vs a USG for a standard home user?

 

My understanding is the USG specs are the same as the Edgerouter Lite, so substantially less than the EdgeRouter 4 - but for a non-advanced home user would the convenience of a single Unifi management pane be worth the trade-off?


 
 
 
 


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  # 2154277 4-Jan-2019 12:01
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I wouldn't recommend it for the standard home user personally. It can be quite a challenge to configure and sounds as if the OP will be stuck with this supplier once it is configured for any updates / reconfiguration. Not ideal in my books.

 

Agreed regarding the Cloud Key + USG however. If you want decent WiFi then grab the following:

 

Ubiquiti Setup:

 

UniFi Security Gateway (instead of the Edgerouter): https://gowifi.co.nz/routers/usg.html
UniFi Switch 8 w/ PoE: https://gowifi.co.nz/switches/us-8-60w.html
UniFi Pro: https://gowifi.co.nz/wireless/uap-ac-pro.html
UniFi AC Lite: https://gowifi.co.nz/indoora/uap-ac-lite.html
Cloud Key (for management): https://gowifi.co.nz/internetofthingsiot/uc-ck.html 

 

Cheaper, Grandstream Setup:

 

Grandstream GWN7000 (Router): https://gowifi.co.nz/routers/gwn7000.html
Grandstream GWN7610 (Access Points x2): https://gowifi.co.nz/manageda/gwn7610.html
TP-Link PoE Switch: https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/SWHTPL1001/TP-Link-TL-SG108PE-8-Port-Gigabit-Easy-Smart-PoE-S 

 

Personally, I see very little point going with the UniFi AC-LR - you could go with 2x UniFi AC-Lites if you were going to go with Ubiquiti gear. The Grandstream alternative offers very good performance for the price and is also easy to install / manage. If you state where you are I am sure somebody from here would be happy to help you configure it for a box of beers or Whisky.

 

Grandstream offers both very good WiFi performance and is cheap. The router control panel gives you a full view of your network and allows for some very advanced features.





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  # 2154284 4-Jan-2019 12:34
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michaelmurfy:

 

Personally, I see very little point going with the UniFi AC-LR - you could go with 2x UniFi AC-Lites if you were going to go with Ubiquiti gear...

 

 

@michaelmurfy did you mean you can't see much point going for the Unifi AC-PRO?

 

 


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  # 2154289 4-Jan-2019 12:40
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Agree, for most folks the ac-lites are all you will need.

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  # 2154370 4-Jan-2019 13:23
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Paul1977:

 

michaelmurfy:

 

Personally, I see very little point going with the UniFi AC-LR - you could go with 2x UniFi AC-Lites if you were going to go with Ubiquiti gear...

 

 

@michaelmurfy did you mean you can't see much point going for the Unifi AC-PRO?

 

For the OP I'd suggest both - the AC-Lites is all that is needed.





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  # 2154373 4-Jan-2019 13:30
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michaelmurfy:

 

Paul1977:

 

michaelmurfy:

 

Personally, I see very little point going with the UniFi AC-LR - you could go with 2x UniFi AC-Lites if you were going to go with Ubiquiti gear...

 

 

@michaelmurfy did you mean you can't see much point going for the Unifi AC-PRO?

 

For the OP I'd suggest both - the AC-Lites is all that is needed.

 

 

Thanks. Hopefully that's been of help to them.

 

I'd also note that the AC-LITE is physically a slimmer and more streamlined unit, so less obtrusive looking on your ceiling than the AC-LR or AC-PRO.


 
 
 
 




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  # 2154515 4-Jan-2019 17:54
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Thanks for all of the advice

 

I'd certainly be interested to hear from anyone in the Port Hills area of Christchurch willing to work for beer or whiskey!

 

Thanks again


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