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AC86U vs EdgeRouter

Discussion in 'ASUS AC Routers & Adapters' started by speedingcheetah, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. coxhaus

    coxhaus Part of the Furniture

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    Just because you don't know what you want does not mean it is a bad idea.

    Your questions and answers are not of someone that knows networking.
     
  2. L&LD

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    QOS is useful on any network when properly implemented. Even underutilized ones.

    If you find that QOS brought no benefit, then it was implemented incorrectly, the hardware couldn't keep up with it enabled and/or you may simply be insensitive to those benefits below a certain threshold.

    While QOS was very, very important when I had a 15Mbps u/d ISP service not that long ago, it is even more important to me today with Gbps service when compared to how that 15Mbps service ran and how Gbps service runs without QOS for me.

    Responsiveness and throughput consistency is what I tune the network toward. Getting closer to paid-for speeds is why more hardware is getting to be increasingly more important to my customers and me.

    I think it has been pointed out enough times in this thread that the just above entry level 'enterprise' network equipment you're seeking is not powerful enough to properly power your Gbps connection vs. the consumer router you have now. At least not at a favorable cost/benefit ratio.
     
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  3. speedingcheetah

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    I have many posts on various sites from users of the ER-X and ERL who have 1Gig fiber connections and they claim those, older, and less powered products handle their WAN routing fine. The biggest difference I have read, in regards to those models is the X can not do concurrent 1gig routing, where as the Lite can. Those models are quite cheap, can find them even cheaper open box (like $45 for the X, $75 for the Lite) I may pick one up to mess with and try out and see how well i get along with setup and GUI etc. If at the very least, to become more familiar with how the ER products work.

    I may just end up pushing of re-doing my network, until I can change a few things over t0 10G NICs.
    But 10G switches is still quite expensive.
     
  4. Trentors

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    Why don't you know it? I already told you it supports HW acceleration.
    Yes the switch chip is different but the routing performance is the same. The routing performance is the same according to the spec sheets. Sure the ER-12 has a bigger switching capacity (Ubnt calls this Line Rate in their specs) but it does not change the simply fact the the CPU is the same and the CPU does the routing - not the switch.

    Yes they are lacking. Most combine a smaller router with and external PoE switch in the Ubiquiti world because of the PoE APs.

    On reddit you will hear nothing but Ubnt praise. There is a crazy community in there and the bare mention of other brands equals downvotes. Even when you point out the TP-Link EAP225 is objectively better then AC Lite people go bananas. That is why I call it a cult. It is not objectively at all and people use mantras and arguments that cannot be proven. All while trying the persuade others to use the same product. Is this not the definition of a cult-ish behavior?

    Same to you. You are free to not response. But since you claim all the "enterprise vs consumer" mantras you are already throwing unsupported claims into the thread and of course they should be challenged! Nobody should just accept lies or "alternative truth".
     
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  6. L&LD

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    Thank you for the links. I read those threads again just now and feel that my decision to give up on pfSense (see post 28 in this thread) is not just because I'm not fluent in networking setups via cli methods or basic theory.

    I thought, as has been suggested, that I am just not knowledgable enough to run such a setup. While that still may be true, the downfall to that argument for me is that pfSense running on the barest, out of box defaults, gives varying network responsiveness on an overpowered i5 box that is not seen with my RT-AC3100 with my 1000/1000 ISP connection. That makes me think that something is inherently wrong with such a platform, at least with the expectations I have based on using Asus+RMerlin routers/firmware for so long now.

    What Asus + RMerlin + all the great scripts available for this platform offers us today is far more than anything else discussed in the 3 or 4 other threads mentioned so far and here in this thread too.

    The above statement is most true when considering stability, reliability, configurability, ease of use and overall cost in money and time.

    The biggest take away to me is that when I asked in this thread for objective benchmarks of capable Gbps routing performance (but not just routing duties performed on the router) for the EdgeRouter products, I got none. On the contrary, Trentors actually suggests the opposite, which is what I have already expected from the underpowered CPU used in those products.

    All of this is not to say I am blind to the benefits these other products offer in specific network environments.

    I just feel that to get all those benefits you need to overhaul every aspect of your consumer gear, but depending on what consumer gear you are currently running and how (and how much) your network is utilized, it can easily be a sideways or even a downgrade, move.
     
  7. speedingcheetah

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    In my experience, I failed to find any benefit to me in using 3rd party DNS...with my current ISP anyway, before, when I had CenturyLink DSL, hell yes, 3rd party DNS was needed)

    Alternate DNS did ad blocking, (I still use that for my grandparents) but it was laggy to load pages at times, and it blocked some things that caused issues on certain cites, and was not controllable.
    I had used Cloudflare DNS since it came out, but it started to act weird, sites would fail to resolve, YouTube in particular had issues. Dealt with that for 2 months, before i got tired of it.
    DNS Bench said all the other popular DNS service were WAY slower than I cared for.
    I learned that My ISP DNS is much more private and secure than your typical big ISP like comcast etc is.
    My ISP (a local and privately owned company) actually care about security and privacy.
    And I just noticed that it supports DDNSEC, so I now have the enabled in my Asus router.
    ANd ran online tests to confirm it is working.
     
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    DDNSEC is defined as
    "The Domain Name System Security Extensions is a suite of Internet Engineering Task Force specifications for securing certain kinds of information provided by the Domain Name System as used on Internet Protocol networks. It is a set of extensions to DNS which provide to DNS clients origin authentication of DNS data, authenticated denial of existence, and data integrity, but not availability or confidentiality."

    That last sentence is very telling that 'privacy' is not included with DDNSEC. ;)
     
  10. speedingcheetah

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    Confirmation who u are and not spoofed to me is part of privacy, but i see your overall point.
    My isp does not keep logs and does do other things for privacy that Comcast and CL do not do, what exactly that I cant recall atm.

    While on the topic of security and privacy...this device was recommended to me by some trusted contacts:
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vektor-secure-wifi-network-connected-devices/x/3536506#/

    Their company is VERY commutative via FB. Impressed.
    I would get one, but, even they say it will cause a bottle neck for someone like me who has 1gig wan, since all network traffic ends up getting routed, inspected, and then sent back out that device via only 1 eth port. It is all cpu based for its features it seems. Has a beefy cpu, AllWinner H5 (ARM Coretex-A53) 4core 1.8ghz. But still, I am not looking to take a performance hit. (i am actualy quite curious as to others thoughts on this such device, and others like it, vs a traditional or enterprise firewall device, like sonicwall etc, as well as the USG, but I guess that should be it own seperate thread)
     
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  11. L&LD

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    Those types of products may very well do what they claim, but I don't see the value of not trusting what I can run myself vs. giving all the details of my network to an unknown entity to 'secure' me.

    Commutative via FB? Scary (to me). A former head of security for FB? Even scarier. To me, this is a flag, not an endorsement.

    The more widely used this device becomes, the more it may draw interest from the people that are willing to hack a single 'system' to access millions, rather than hack individuals, one by one.

    The simpler the security that is implemented, the more effective it is. The more complex the security, the easier it is to find ways to make it fail.
     
  12. John Davis

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    that limit is due to specific design choices made for the erx-sfp (and the erx as a side effect) - mt7621 itself can do closer to 2gig if implemented ‘right’, as other designs based on it prove (obvious one being the mikrotik rb750gr3)
     
  13. speedingcheetah

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    Huh. been digging around.....this device, the UniFi Dream Machine looks quite promising.
    https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/posts/32578828/
    [​IMG]

    An AIO device, an is 1.7ghz core cpu, 2gb ram

    Was gonna pick up at my local MicroCenter, just to try out, the USG Pro device, but in reading forums on how that model handles 1gig routing, this new, unreleased device came up.
     
  14. L&LD

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    That looks like a beta (alpha?) hardware program at this stage from that link.
     
  15. speedingcheetah

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    Yes. It is free and easy to sign up for the beta forums, and access to the Beta store.
     
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  16. L&LD

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    Buy? If they gave them free I might use them, to spend my money for one is inconceivable!
     
  17. speedingcheetah

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    Actually, difference between Beta, and early Access.
    EA is past the beta stage of testing.
    Limited public release, before full release.
    The Dream Machine is selling out within 1 min of it being stocked, others are telling me...so...yea.
     
  18. speedingcheetah

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    Ok. I was wrong. the Dream is very much still a work in progress...mainly firmware and feature wise. Hardware is good though it seems.

    https://community.ubnt.com/t5/UniFi...tures-for-Initial-Early-Access/m-p/2717510#M3
     
  19. speedingcheetah

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    I learned that the early release prodctus are half the cost. So, $299 for the device, now, and have to deal with some buggy firmware for a short time, but have the same product in the end...or, wait, and pay $599 for it.
     
  20. L&LD

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    Doesn't seem worth considering, even at half price.

    A very proprietary and unappealing feature set for what may be a very long time already spend on this 'product' so far.