Greetings to all. I'm a new member in this community. I hope this is the right place to start my issue here. I need a router for my new home with 3 bedrooms. Which one would be reliable?
Thank you so much for your reply.
Things to consider:
- How is the upstream: Mikrotik has some routers that take SIM cards, some others that can take wireless USB sticks, most are designed to use Ethernet upstream. If your providers offer xDSL or fiber you will need some kind of modem/transceiver
- Speed that your ISP offers and probabilities of it changing during the life of the product. Some models have only 100Mbps, others CPU cannot deal with >300Mbps...
- Number of Ethernet wired devices you want to hook, if only the modem/transceiver or you have printers or desktop PCs... I manage several devices, one has 3 Ethernet ports used, others only the main ISP one, they are empty usually...
- Number of wifi devices you want to connect. Do they have 802.11n/ac (5GHz) or just 802.11b/g (2.4GHz)
- Spread of the house and how thin/thick are the walls (is it linear? rounded? will the ISP connection come from a central place or a corner? lots of interference or rural?...)
- CPU needs (are you using 1Gbps + VPNs that require CPU or just <100Mbps without much complexity in firewall
It is not the same a 3 room house where 5 people live, having each a cellular phone, a laptop and maybe tablet and using a lot of video or downloads, than a house
where 3 people live and there is only one computer and 3 phones.
It is not the same a house with old stone walls than one with thin brick walls.
It is not the same a house with a modern big city 1Gbps optic fiber (or 300-150Mbps) than a house with a 1Mbps upstream/3Mbps downstream DSL connection. Or if you are going to use it with 3G/4G connections, how fast?
To give some data points:
- A normal flat, thin walls, with a high number of wifi devices and fast (>100Mbps) ISP connection a hAP ac^2 is good: dual chain, 2 bands, hardware acceleration, enough RAM. I have one such place, I had a hAP ac lite TC temporarily but the connection was maxing out al 90Mbps because of the ethernet. ac^2 is perfect.
- I also manage a couple of places with hAP ac, also fast connections, but in retrospect at least one of the would have been better served with an ac^2, and at half price. ac^2 has a slightly worse wifi, but it is better for VPN and high throughput due to CPU
- A lower budget set up, same kind of place, a <100Mbps ISP connection, not so many wifi devices. The hAP ac lite (or lite TC) is good if you need 5GHz wifi or the 5 Ethernet ports. Where my ac^2 is I had temporarily a hAP Lite TC with an android phone plugged via USB as the ISP, until they brought the internet. It worked well. If you don't need the 5GHz band you don't have too many wifi devices, etc. there are more economic single band models.
- A set up with 3 or 10Mbps connection, one laptop, a few phones. You could even do with a mAP (one Ethernet upstream, one for the PC, one USB and wifi) or mAP Lite (just one ethernet, all connections would be wifi). I have one mAP Lite for travel, I usually connect it via wireless to phone or wifi hotspots, but have also used it with my main internet connection when I needed to unplug the main router for a while,