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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BReeves, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. BReeves

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    Yesterday my D-Link DSR-150 router died, right at a year ago I bought two of the durn things off eBay for $50.00 each. Installed the 2nd one this morning and everything is back working. Had had issues with a previous Linksys router and why I bought a back up when I bought the D-Link. Now I'm without a backup router, if this one dies I'm off line except for a laptop connected through my phone.

    Wondering if I should just look for another D-Link or something else? Need an 8 port wired router and really do not care to spend more than ~$100.00. I am on wireless internet and don't think a gigibit router would really buy me anything over a 10/100. Couple computers and my wired laser printer are only 10/100 as well as the three wireless routers I am using for access points.

    What do the experts say?
     
  2. SoonerP226

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    I haven't really looked at cheap home routers recently, but I don't think you're going to save much (if anything) by going 10/100 over gigabit. You might open up your options a bit if you look for a router and a separate switch, rather than looking for a router with a built-in 8-port switch.
     
  3. BReeves

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    Only thing that I would be saving is I have saved the configuration settings from the D-Link which makes it easy to swap in a new one if I go back with the same router. Just hook it up and load the saved configuration rather than fumbling through all the settings trying to find stuff that needs changing.
     
  4. BobbyV

    BobbyV What do you mean, you people?

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    I gave up buying the cheaper routers after buying several of them.

    Decided to spend the money on a Nighthawk.

    Very happy I did.



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    Last router I bought was a Porter Cable I've been tickled with it. I don't do a ton of woodworking but it suits my needs.
     
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    Time to go enterprise. I'd snag an Edgerouter from Ubiquiti and grab a small TPLink or Netgear Switch. Bonus points for POE switches so you can run something like a Unifi AP without needing a separate power run.

    I gave up on big-box routers and went with an Edgerouter, UAP-AC Lite and a 16 port POE Netgear switch. Now I just need to run my ethernet in the attic instead of having my house look like the 1900s with high lines stapled everywhere.
     
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    I was going to recommend that he check on the motor's commutator brushes. But, alas...
     
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    Personally I would look at the ubiquity unifi line. The USG is about 130 and acts as the gateway/router. Grab a poe switch for sure if you go this route and then a couple of the Unifi access points. The other item that is recommended is the cloud key.

    It's more expensive than a router but what you gain is huge especially if you are used to deadspots for wifi in the house. They also have camera's that I recently learned can be used and the cloud key will control as well but I think you need the plus version for that. You can then take your old router and access points and stash them away for a rainy day.

    There is a little work to set things up but the USG will last forever and you can easily swap out access points later on when a new standard comes about or add another one to expand your wifi bubble. You are also getting into enterprise grade equipment so they will last a lot longer and be very stable as well as secure. If I was to build a brand new network out today for myself this is the way I would go. I may pay a little bit more than just buying a netgear r8000 like what I have as an AP but figure that I am also using OpnSense on a Xeon computer and the cost is pretty close. The only thing I would have to keep in my setup is the 10G switch that I am using.

     
  9. BReeves

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    Thanks for the info but at 75 I am not planning on upgrading anything or learning a bunch of new technology, just happy to keep what I have working as long as I can. Also any thing associated with "Cloud" turns me off, I don't want anything of mine stored in some cloud. Just a buzzword for someone else's server.. No thanks I'll keep it on my computers and do my own backups.
     
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    I would run the current one till it dies and not worry about it. If it dies you can have a new one in 24 hours from Amazon or buy locally.
     

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