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Hardware recommendation?

Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:24 pm

Hello there,

we are moving to a new rented house in a few days and I want to "upgrade" my network a bit. I was planning to use Ubiquiti hardware because I heard that they have a nice GUI and the setup is easy. The more I read about Ubiquiti the more I think that something is not right with their hardware: too expensive, switches run hot, PoE ports die and so on. I created a network diagram with Ubiquiti stuff. Could you guys tell me which MikroTik hardware would be need as alternative?

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It looks like I'd need the following hardware.
  • security gateway (VPN, Firewall, DNS, DHCP, maybe PfSense)
  • switch (with PoE?)
  • 3 APs

Is it true that the MikroTik software isn't good and the setup is rather difficult/complicated?

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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:49 am

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The gateway could be the same device as the switch, depends how many ports you need and what throughput you expect.

The APs can be very different, depends on your requirements. Indoor / outdoor, needed frequency band, speed.
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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:38 am

Sorry for the image. I corrected it.

I am on 3 floors in my home and want good wifi coverage for all my devices. I have 300Mbit/s internet connection and want the wifi to be good enough to use this speed. 300Mbit/s would be the throughput I expect from the security gateway but I want to be prepared for 1Gbit/s as well.
 
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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:55 pm

I would look at the RB4011 with wifi as your core router which will serve you well for a long time.
It wifi should cover one of the floors and so you will need two other access points for the other two floors.
I certainly see the unifac ac pro units as being well reported by people that know what they are doing.
I use Capac access points in my house and they do the job but their value to me is also that I can use one RouterOS (management of network devices) to config all my devices vice learning two different systems. Their coverage is limited by walls in the house etc at least for 5ghz anyway.

Importantly, it has ample throughput for you.......... straight ethernet - 2.5 gigs approximate real world, and if using ipsec roughtly 1 gig.
You won't find those numbers in many other units.

Also has one sfp+ port if you want to move in that direction for the rest of your wired network..............
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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:15 pm

Well the problem is that it doesn't make sense for me to get a router with wifi. My internet connection on the first floor is in a seperate tech room (as pictured but hard to see in my "network plan") and I only want to (have to) run wired connections inside it.
 
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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:19 pm

Well the problem is that it doesn't make sense for me to get a router with wifi. My internet connection on the first floor is in a seperate tech room (as pictured but hard to see in my "network plan") and I only want to (have to) run wired connections inside it.
There is a version of 4011 without wifi as well :)
 
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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:51 am

Stole my thunder LOL. Was going to say the same but then again I prefer not to cut off my nose to spite my face. You may wish to have wif in the local high tech room for testing or various purposes and can use the rb4011 on a low power setting etc............... Never hurts to have more, pain in the ass when eliminating options.
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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:22 am

So let's say I'll take the MikroTik RB4011iGS+RM. How do I power my 3 APs via PoE? The router seems to have only one PoE.
Or which wireless APs with Ethernet ports would you use together with the RB4011?
 
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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:21 am

what is your internet? cable/fiber/satellite/xDSL/5G?
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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:55 am

So let's say I'll take the MikroTik RB4011iGS+RM. How do I power my 3 APs via PoE? The router seems to have only one PoE.
Or which wireless APs with Ethernet ports would you use together with the RB4011?
For an AP you can choose between cAP ac and wAP ac:
https://mikrotik.com/product/cap_ac
https://mikrotik.com/product/RBwAPG-5HacT2HnD

Unfortunately Mikrotik's current line of switches lacks a 16-port model, for all the devices to be connected to a single switch, so you have 3 options:
1) Get а larger 24-port CRS328: https://mikrotik.com/product/crs328_24p_4s_rm (and may be a "smaller" router instead of 4011).
2) Get a couple of 8-port switches (PoE and non-PoE): https://mikrotik.com/product/crs112_8p_4s_in and https://mikrotik.com/product/CRS112-8G-4S-IN and also a smaller router.
3) Or go with 4011 and add, for example, hEX PoE https://mikrotik.com/product/RB960PGS to power the APs.

Option (3) while being the cheapest one is not a very good choice:
4011 has a lot of horsepower as a router, but, being basically a two small 5 port switches connected via CPU, is a bad substitution for a normal switch.
 
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Re: Hardware recommendation?

Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:12 pm

Mikrotik solution is cost effective and works very well.
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