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#1 travismheim

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:41 PM

I was hoping some of you could recommend a decent router in the $100-$150 range. I've been a Verizon FiOS customer for years so haven't really had to look at anything else since they provided me one. I was hired by Charter last month and they provide free cable TV/internet/phone services to employees so I'll need to get a router of my own after I disconnect FiOS. I was looking at Google's WiFi router but it seems to be sold out everywhere, and had also heard about the possibility of a Sprint Airave 3 with WiFi support but haven't seen much else about it. My house is roughly 1200 sq/ft (roughly 50' x 25') with one floor and a full basement.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:45 PM

Ubiquiti AC Pro/ Lite + Edgerouteri.

If you want an AIO then a Tp link c9 or an Asus AC1900 will work on a dime.

Make sure you get the ethernet port of the ONT activated and a cst5/cat 6 cable ran to it.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:03 PM

Ubiquiti AC Pro/ Lite + Edgerouteri.
 

 

In my previous desktop IT consultant job/'former life', we installed Ubiquiti UniFi's (think the original ones though, not the model you suggested) in many businesses, so I can vouch for the hardware and actual usage/service quality - the only real negative I remember hating about it was how quirky the software client was to install so you could configure it. I know in a couple locations we could never get it working on Server and had to run it on one of the workstations instead.  Have they improved the software configuration client to any degree?


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:38 PM

Ubiquiti AC Pro/ Lite + Edgerouteri.

If you want an AIO then a Tp link c9 or an Asus AC1900 will work on a dime.

Make sure you get the ethernet port of the ONT activated and a cst5/cat 6 cable ran to it.

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Thanks. My ONT is already set up that way. When I had service originally installed the technician did that for me so I could use my own router if I wanted even though I ended up sticking with theirs. I'll be disconnecting my FiOS service for cable, since Charter provides free services for its employees.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:29 PM

I was hoping some of you could recommend a decent router in the $100-$150 range. I've been a Verizon FiOS customer for years so haven't really had to look at anything else since they provided me one. I was hired by Charter last month and they provide free cable TV/internet/phone services to employees so I'll need to get a router of my own after I disconnect FiOS. I was looking at Google's WiFi router but it seems to be sold out everywhere, and had also heard about the possibility of a Sprint Airave 3 with WiFi support but haven't seen much else about it. My house is roughly 1200 sq/ft (roughly 50' x 25') with one floor and a full basement.

Sprint offer customers a free Dual band Asus router. It is a free 1 year "lease" and after the year it's yours to keep. The router works extremely well IMO.

Try calling Sprint up.
https://www.sprint.c...:inhomecoverage

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 11:08 PM



Sprint offer customers a free Dual band Asus router. It is a free 1 year "lease" and after the year it's yours to keep. The router works extremely well IMO.

Try calling Sprint up.
https://www.sprint.c...:inhomecoverage


I couldn't get that router because I have an Airave, they wouldn't even let me pay for it when it came out. I'll try calling about it again, maybe their policies have changed.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 12:43 AM

In my previous desktop IT consultant job/'former life', we installed Ubiquiti UniFi's (think the original ones though, not the model you suggested) in many businesses, so I can vouch for the hardware and actual usage/service quality - the only real negative I remember hating about it was how quirky the software client was to install so you could configure it. I know in a couple locations we could never get it working on Server and had to run it on one of the workstations instead.  Have they improved the software configuration client to any degree?

 

Much much better since the original UniFi Aps. 

 

They've created easy "how to" walk through guides on how to get a basic network up on the Edgerouter X / Lite now with the constant software updates and revisions. The APs are super simple to set up too since it can be done via phone app and seamlessly works with the router or as stand alones. 



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:16 AM

Much much better since the original UniFi Aps.

They've created easy "how to" walk through guides on how to get a basic network up on the Edgerouter X / Lite now with the constant software updates and revisions. The APs are super simple to set up too since it can be done via phone app and seamlessly works with the router or as stand alones.

Awesome, thanks for the insight. I'm unfamiliar with their router offerings; we generally were setting up UniFi's in established network environments anyway, but when new equipment had to go in,the company I worked for pretty much swore by Cisco and/or Netgear products in addition to SonicWalls for the core setup.

I'll have to look into that combo for home...I'm ironically running the predecessor to one of your AIO rec's currently, as I have the TP Archer C8. I've been pretty happy with it.
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Posted 12 January 2017 - 07:35 AM

TMobile's AC68U is on sale all the time for $60.  Keep an eye out on slickdeals.net.  It takes 15 minutes to install the stock or custom firmware if you don't keep the stock TMobile firmware. 

 

AC1900 or higher ASUS and Netgear are the top brands.  AC1750 it is TPLink and ASUS.  I wouldn't go lower than AC1750.

 

Will you need the airwave if you have a wifi router (for wifi calls / text?).  Return the airwave and grab Sprint's router?

 

If you have technical skills and like playing around with things I'd highly recommend pfsense (or other similar linux distro) installed on a spare computer or buy some hardware for one.  If size doesn't matter you can pick up a Dell Optiplex SFF 990 for $100 and go buy an Intel 1Gb NIC for it.  Then get a Ubiquiti AP.



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 12:00 PM


I couldn't get that router because I have an Airave, they wouldn't even let me pay for it when it came out. I'll try calling about it again, maybe their policies have changed.

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Try again. Tell them the airave isn't reaching your entire house.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:15 PM

Sprint offer customers a free Dual band Asus router. It is a free 1 year "lease" and after the year it's yours to keep. The router works extremely well IMO.

Try calling Sprint up.
https://www.sprint.c...:inhomecoverage

 

I have the tmo (yes boo hiss etc) version which I believe is essentially the same rebranded asus router. It's performed excellently for me. It has a decent feature set (vpn in and out, dish sharing, media server etc). However, at work we have about 100+ Ubiquiti access points and they have fantastic radios in them. while they aren't targetted at home use they are probably about the best radios you can get with regards to reliability and coverage. We are also testing some of their p2p wireless links and they seem very impressive also. 



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:46 PM

I went the unifi security gateway route when I recently upgraded from a 5 year old N router that was giving me problems. It was setup in ~10 minutes even though I still go into look at the DPI every once and a while. DPI is just traffic stats(Deep Packet Inspection) to see who/what is using the internet. Youtube channel Crosstalk Solutions has some nice unboxing to finished setup videos.



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 10:35 PM

Try again. Tell them the airave isn't reaching your entire house.

I called tonight and they supposedly put in the order for me after argueing for a bit about my service. It's been a while, but I recall they did that before when it first came out and it got rejected because I already had an Airave. I'll have to wait and see what happens, thank you for the info.

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