Recent content by b1ggjoe

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    TL-PA9020P KIT | Has anyone been able to enhance the performance on this unit??

    Thanks @sfx2000! Definitely know what you mean regarding advertised speeds vs reality. For these AV2000s, I'm not getting more than 125mbit internet downstream with a 1GB Fiber link. Powerline speeds fluctuate between 380-480 sadly. I read in one of your previous posts the tip regarding...
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    TL-PA9020P KIT | Has anyone been able to enhance the performance on this unit??

    Hi Everyone, I recently began using these units. For some reason, even though it's November 2020, the latest firmware on the TP-Link website for "Hardware Version 3" of this unit is dated for 06/2018. There are QoS settings available for this unit with no explanation whatsoever in the...
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    Need Advice On Network Security Design & Possible Security Appliance

    Well, I ended up purchasing 3x Ubiquity AC AP LR units. Now, I’m at the last stage of my decision making LOL. I’m trying to decide what would be better as far as security and performance goes: 1. - Remove the entire Orbi Ecosystem and replace with my 3x Ubiquity APs and use them for all...
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    Need Advice On Network Security Design & Possible Security Appliance

    @sfx2000, Thank you for the feedback. Looks like I'm going to have to bite the bullet and add additional Enterprise-class APs to my whole new setup, in order to accomplish my goals. Any recommendations? My main thing is that I need support for Multiple SSIDs and Multiple VLANs. I was looking...
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    Need Advice On Network Security Design & Possible Security Appliance

    Hmm...that makes sense. Question: If I were to create a few port-based VLANs via my ZyXEL switches. Then, I hardwire the Orbi Router into one of the VLANs...wouldn't that at least cause the entire Orbi ecosystem (Orbi Router, Satellites and anything connected to them via WiFi or Ethernet) to be...
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    Need Advice On Network Security Design & Possible Security Appliance

    Ok, here's a stupid question: I have 2x ZyXEL switches, a GS1900-8 (8-Port) and a GS1900-24E (24-Port). According to their specs they support the following VLAN/QoS specs: Traffic Management and QoS • Port-based VLAN • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging • IEEE 802.3ad LACP • Guest VLAN • Voice VLAN •...
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    Need Advice On Network Security Design & Possible Security Appliance

    Wow, that's crazy. Sounds like a great idea then. I would normally do a VLAN for only the Smart Devices and then only for Home Theater. However, I have them both sort of integrated. For example, I followed a tutorial on YouTube to create a custom Alexa Skill to control my DirecTV from my Echo...
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    Need Advice On Network Security Design & Possible Security Appliance

    Wow, I never thought about the soft packages for QNAP. So basically, you're saying instead of adding a Firewall security appliance in front of it, instead implement it's native or built-in security. Makes sense. Yeah, it came with 16GB of RAM, but I bought additional RAM separately to max it out...
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    Need Advice On Network Security Design & Possible Security Appliance

    Hey Everyone, So I've been slowly re-doing my entire Home Network. I've been updating my Network Hardware along with other improvements in order to accommodate all of my 'Smart Devices', along with my new and slowly improving Home Theater goals. As of tonight, here's a sample of what I have...
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    Need Advice: Thinking About Going The 'WiFi System' Route??

    That’s true. I was also considering possibly adding a Powerline Adapter in the area lacking Ethernet, instead of DECA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F0RC97A/?tag=snbforums-20 I wonder if this would work out well? BJ
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    Need Advice: Thinking About Going The 'WiFi System' Route??

    Ok, that does make a lot sense. The reason I was considering ‘Mesh’ was for the whole thing about having a Single SSID and the Hardware automatically doing the ‘hand-off’ from node to node as you walk throughout the home. Since ORBI only works with the ORBI Router, that now introduces a...
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    Need Advice: Thinking About Going The 'WiFi System' Route??

    @thiggins, So the service is being installed today. Question for you: If I decide not to go with the ORBI system and just add APs to locations that currently do have Ethernet, my question is: - Which ones would you recommend? Meaning, would it be better to buy kick-butt routers and configure...
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    Need Advice: Thinking About Going The 'WiFi System' Route??

    @thiggins Man, it's been several years...I have no idea. It 'seemed' to be pretty fast at the time. What would be the most recommended way to test? Today, I still have the Cox Cable service with the Actiontec AC Extenders. I'm scheduled tomorrow however, to have everything ripped out and...
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    Need Advice: Thinking About Going The 'WiFi System' Route??

    @thiggins, Thank you very much for getting back to me!! Wow, I had no idea that Orbi now supports Ethernet backhauling. Since I do have Coax in that area that is lacking Ethernet, I have a quick question for you: Years ago, you helped me by recommending that I purchase a small DirecTV...
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    Need Advice: Thinking About Going The 'WiFi System' Route??

    Hey Everyone, So, I'm a bit stuck on which way I should go. I've immersed myself in tons of articles and information on this incredible website. I think I know what I want to do, however I welcome your advice: Very recently, I was able to move into a brand-new home. It's a 2-story home and...
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