So the Post About @JacoDeJongh doing the zigbee install, opened up a few posts about the home network you guys are running and this reminded me that I need to Overhaul my home network.
I currently have a crappy tp-link ISP provided Archer router, it only has 100mbs Lan Ports, which I found out with a shock when trying to copy files between devices on my network and to re-download the file was faster.
From what I can gather online the stand out options are:
- Full Unifi Setup: USG and controller on a VM and AC Lite
- Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X with Unifi AC Lite.
- MikroTik Hap Ac2
- pfSense box build, from hardware I own, just need to source a decent Intel Dual/Quad Port NIC (anybody know where I can find one)
I want to be able to complete this in phases, first the router as that is where the most immediate action is needed. I will reuse my current ISP provided router in AP-mode so that it only acts as a WiFi access point. Later I would like to add Unifi AP’s.
What I would also like to do is add a POE switch, at first a cheapy TP-Link with 802.3Af support but later a managed switch to support vlan’s. This would be so that I can segment out the growing number of IOT devices on my network. But for now a cheap poe capable switch would do so that I can power my ip cams from the switch, I would use the remaining lan ports on the router to segment out the network.
I currently have a 100mbps down /100mbps up, Fibre connection.
From what I have read so far, the EdgeRouter X is better than USG, same hardware lower price and the EdgeOS is more powerful than Unifi, but you lose the unified control which the Unifi platform gives you. MikroTik seems the dark horse here I used RouterOs in the past, but information on them is scarce these days. Most info online seem to reference Unifi especially in the IOT smart home space, maybe they have good influencer marketing. Lastly the pfSense looks to be the most powerful solution, but the thought of having to power another PC is off-putting especially since I am trying to reduce my night time power usage.
So I was wondering if any of you have any opinions and or suggestions for this. I am very much a power user not afraid of the CLI, but also appreciate a good UI for basics.