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# 255771 28-Aug-2019 17:08
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Lets say you could redo your home network again by selecting a new router, just out of curiosity.

What would you choose that does not carry an annual huge license fee attached to it.
So Cisco, Juniper etc is out...what options are out there that is the nearest to enterprise grade, and does not have fans that run like a jet engine ?

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  # 2307422 28-Aug-2019 17:39
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  # 2307424 28-Aug-2019 17:44
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Router, Mikrotik.
Wifi? UniFi UAP-AC

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  # 2307429 28-Aug-2019 18:05
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Depends what you want, need, and how complex your network is :-) I would consider myself to be a relatively heavy user, I have a fritzbox 7490 (2degrees router), and Unifi AP-AC-Pro and Unifi AP-LR-V2 Wifi APs, all as a few Managed GbE Switches - I host a bunch of stuff at home - and have a bunch of IOT devices - including IP Cameras -



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  # 2307431 28-Aug-2019 18:10
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Perhaps you might want to explain what you mean by enterprise grade and why you need it. Since I prefer to keep router and Wifi separate I'd probably go for Mikrotik or similar. The list posted earlier seems like a good place to start, although some of the models listed might no longer be current.

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  # 2307438 28-Aug-2019 18:32
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  # 2307463 28-Aug-2019 19:32
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  # 2307514 28-Aug-2019 20:23
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Depends, if you want one-box solutions or something like pfsense, Untangle, etc.  I have been running Untangle for several years, very powerful (its more than just a router) and have Unifi for my wifi.  Fast and stable and no ongoing license fees (you could upgrade to the Home version of Untangle for $50 a year, gives some more options).

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  # 2307517 28-Aug-2019 20:33
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Mikrotik routing, ie RB4011, Unifi wireless.


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  # 2307815 29-Aug-2019 13:57
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As someone who loves a challenge at home and has been comparing "entry level" mikrotik and ubiquity routers for weeks I am happy to see my instinct to go for a mikrotik validated. Unfortunately I have had many personal recommendations to go ubiquity and that's what arrived in the post today :p

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  # 2308177 29-Aug-2019 23:41
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Im happy with my two cambium R190 routers. I feel no need to change them for anything else. 




I guess its like when I worked as a salesman at the local appliance store. 
Surrounded by big screen tv's all day means I lost the desire to have one at home. 
Same with fancy wifi i guess. I could go out and buy some unifi at any time but im happy with what i got. 

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