[ale] Microtik vs Ubiquiti vs DIY router...go
derek at ihtfp.com
Thu May 2 11:49:40 EDT 2019
Originally I used an old Linux box as my router. It had great flexibility
but the UI sucked. And it ate power like there was no tomorrow.
Then I switched to a netgear running dd-wrt. That was better and worked
for a long while. But then that broke (my guess is that it was a victim
of the ~2000 bad-cap incident).
Next I went with a Mikrotik RB750. The UI is nice, but there is one
feature it has failed to support (IPv6 source-based routing). I could
live with that shortcoming, but then I changing my network to AT&T Gigabit
fiber and the microtik could no longer keep up.
So I swapped to a Ubiquiti Edgerouter Pro. This can definitely keep up
with the gigabit network, and has been serving me well. It, too, falls to
the no IPv6 source based routing issue, but apparently this is being fixed
in current firmware (I have not updated it, yet).
My network also leverages an ER-X as a bridge/switch with MAC-based
forwarding to route around an AT&T NAT table limit. This also runs at gig
speed, but it's not doing anything other than the MAC NAT.
The rest of my network, once I deploy it, is going to be Unifi hardware,
including at least 2 switches and a bunch of APs (probably AC-NanoHD).
Would I go back to Linux as a router? Maybe. But it's nice having a 1U
box in my rack with a nice web-ui and the line performance I require.
Also, it's less expensive, IMHO. Of course YMMV.
On Thu, May 2, 2019 11:22 am, James Sumners via Ale wrote:
> I use a personally built pfSense router with Ubiquiti WAP and managed
> switch. pfSense is more robust in terms of flexibility. If you want a
> completely managed environment I’d recommend all Ubiquiti.
> On Thu, May 2, 2019 at 10:23 Alex Carver via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:
>> Ok, so Microtik RouterBoards versus Ubiquiti EdgeRouters versus DIY
>> What's your choice and what's your choice of hardware (especially the
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