Author Topic: Good fibre network modem-router  (Read 1075 times)

Offline johanhp

Re: Good fibre network modem-router
« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2021, 03:10:32 PM »
Whilst others are singing praises for Asus, I actually ditched Asus for Ubiquiti.

My experience: Ubiquiti Amplifi gives far better wi-fi coverage & is much easier to use than Asus.
This one? Looks like a good price.

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Offline kamikazi

Re: Good fibre network modem-router
« Reply #31 on: July 13, 2021, 03:20:51 PM »
I'd probably also look at Ubiquiti. I have a Asus RT-AC68U which is working well and getting good speed, but Asus does tend to ship bugged firmware releases from time to time that sometimes cause various disruptions where you have to roll back. So it can be a pain to figure out when to upgrade and when to skip them, but the support and frequent updates from Asus are much appreciated in a day and age when software support is still vastly lacking from most companies and security issues can lurk inside your router software.

For your current TP-Link router you can also check whether there is an OpenWRT based release available. That might be more stable the one currently available, but YMMV with custom firmware.
« Last Edit: July 13, 2021, 03:24:26 PM by kamikazi »


Offline Neville

Re: Good fibre network modem-router
« Reply #33 on: July 13, 2021, 03:45:38 PM »
I'd probably also look at Ubiquiti. I have a Asus RT-AC68U which is working well and getting good speed, but Asus does tend to ship bugged firmware releases from time to time that sometimes cause various disruptions where you have to roll back. So it can be a pain to figure out when to upgrade and when to skip them, but the support and frequent updates from Asus are much appreciated in a day and age when software support is still vastly lacking from most companies and security issues can lurk inside your router software.

For your current TP-Link router you can also check whether there is an OpenWRT based release available. That might be more stable the one currently available, but YMMV with custom firmware.
I've read good things about OpenWRT a long time ago...didn't even cross my mind. It couldn't hurt trying as I have another spare TP-Link in case I toast the one  :giggle:

Offline johan.pretorius

Re: Good fibre network modem-router
« Reply #34 on: July 13, 2021, 03:50:33 PM »
I'm not an Asus fan as such (currently have a ZyXEL), but you have to compare all features.

For example, the AmpliFi has only one LAN port, the ZyXEL has 4, and the Asus RT-AX88U has no less than eight. The RT-AX88U no doubt has other features adding to the cost.
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Offline Neville

Re: Good fibre network modem-router
« Reply #35 on: July 13, 2021, 04:01:47 PM »
Absolutely. When I saw the 8 ethernet ports I knew it wasn't for me. Stopped using cable a while ago. Found its baby brother (forget the model now) but it is also Wifi-6 and with less ports and slower wifi data rates (which are still faster than the TP-Link C20). It will suffice nicely at about R2k vs the R6k of its bigger brother but it is just as ugly and with huge antennas and starship design. Definitely leaning towards the Ubiquiti at the moment...keen to try out the meshing technology.

Offline Trompie67

Re: Good fibre network modem-router
« Reply #36 on: July 13, 2021, 04:04:18 PM »
This one? Looks like a good price.

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/topic?url=https://carbonite.co.za/index.php?threads/ubiquiti-amplifi-hd-home-wi-fi-router.368690/&share_tid=368690&share_fid=4145&share_type=t&link_source=app

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Yes - with the added mesh unit: https://scoop.co.za/ubiquiti-amplifi-instant-router-1-meshpoint-kit-afi-insk.html

I then added another unit as per your link above: https://scoop.co.za/ubiquiti-amplifi-instant-router-mesh-point-afi-ins-r.html

The house is large, with two separate upstairs sections & a basement. Fibre line comes in at the far corner, so to get wi-fi all the way over to the opposite side was impossible with the Asus + TP link extenders (even the ethernet over power didn't work properly).

The 3 Ubiquiti units are overkill, the set of 2 would've done it. However on a 200Mb line, the slowest speed on wi-fi is in the basement at 150Mb/s, so the mesh system works excellently.
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Offline Juggy

Re: Good fibre network modem-router
« Reply #37 on: July 14, 2021, 07:02:00 AM »
This one? Looks like a good price.

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/topic?url=https://carbonite.co.za/index.php?threads/ubiquiti-amplifi-hd-home-wi-fi-router.368690/&share_tid=368690&share_fid=4145&share_type=t&link_source=app

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I have 4 of these in my villa connected with ethernet as well as 2x UAP-AC-LR Unifi AP's. Literally an AP in every room. Overkill I know but I had spare kit so I used them.