[SATLUG] Thinking of upgrading network

Stephen Eaton stephen.l.eaton at gmail.com
Sun Apr 3 00:45:11 CDT 2016

Very cool. I just realized 450mbps was for 2.4GHz only. The UAP-AC-LR and
the UAP-AC-PRO both operate at 867 and 1300 mbps respectively at 5Ghz as
well. So they are definitely competitive with consumer speeds. The
EdgeRouter POE is nice. Basically the same guts as the ERL-3, but with more
ports. I really like that USG and APs can both be managed from UniFi
Controller software, but software and SSH are the only ways to manage it as
opposed to the EdgeRouters with onboard GUIs. Choices!

EdgeRouter PoE, $125 (lowest) - 1 WAN plus 4 LAN
EdgeRouter Lite, $75 (lowest) - 1 WAN plus 2 LAN
UniFi Security Gateway, $120 (lowest) - Same specs as EdgeRouter Lite but
managed from controller software
UAP-AC-Lite, $90 - 1167 Mbps, POE or POE injector (24V)
UAP-AC-Pro, $145 - 1750 Mbps, POE injector only (48V)

Cost/performance is fairly linear across the range. The UAP-AC-Lite does
867Mbps in 5Ghz, and I don't have an adapter that surpasses that. With
routing, two ports is enough for daily use and a switch can be added later
if needed. So for me I guess it's "lite" across the board at $165. I might
still look at the ER-POE though... more ports!

On Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 9:15 PM, Philip Cammarata <philip at cammarata.me>

> I have a similar setup but I went with a EdgeRouter (PoE)
> https://www.ubnt.com/edgemax/edgerouter-poe/ which came with a nice three
> port hardware switch builtin and the ability to PoE which if you are going
> with a Ubiquiti AC Lite or LR (
> https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap-ac-lite/)
> you can use without a power brick.  The Pro I think requires an actual
> industry standard PoE connection which you'd have to use the included PoE
> injector, standard power adapter or another Router/Switch.
> Ubiquiti's GUIs are nice although not as feature complete as their CLI
> counterpart and even that left something to be desired.
> On Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 9:05 PM Stephen Eaton <stephen.l.eaton at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I'm thinking of upgrading my old 300 Mbps wireless router with a newer
> > setup. My AC1900 router was sold to a friend who has more sqft to cover
> > (I'm so nice). 300mbps has worked fairly well so far, actually. 3 devices
> > are on wifi and 2-3 are wired depending on projects. I have really wanted
> > to work with Ubiquity's newer AC APs along with an Edgerouter Lite (ERL)
> or
> > Security Gateway (USG). Their fastest AP is only 450mbps though, which
> > isn't much of an upgrade considering total cost would be $250-270
> (yikes!).
> > An AC1900 router with VPN can be had for $90-100 (Dlink DIR-880L).
> >
> > I guess the upsides are being able to tinker with Ubiquity's cool
> hardware
> > and faster VPN throughput. I'd really like to close down some open ports
> > with VPN in place. Is there a small VPN only hardware thing I can just
> > attach my network that's fast or should I spend money on something
> better?
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Stephen Eaton
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