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Old 01-31-2013, 02:19 PM
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Hi Tim, I'm one of the developers working on this project. I'm glad you found my wiki examples helpful, but you make a good point about the initial config. I think you have some good tips in your article How to configure your ERL which I'll try to add to our wiki (or just link to your article).
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Why only 3 ports?

That sucks as i would need at least 4.
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Why only 3 ports?

That sucks as i would need at least 4.
Use a switch?
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So - this router or a Microtik? I was thinking of the Microtik RB951G-2HnD.

The Microtik has a wireless module which I don't need though. It's cheaper than the Ubiquiti on the other hand, but the Microtik can't do little niceties like block ads with a hosts file. I'm pretty sure the Ubiquiti could do this because you have complete CLI access.

I am familiar with Debian and the command line, although the Ubiquiti sounds somewhat daunting because I'm less familiar with networking than I am with Debian.

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Use a switch?
LOL , Would you buy a brand new Blu-Ray player then link up a fugly old DVD-player to it with all the extra leads just so you had the correct functions that the Blu-Ray player should have had to start with?
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LOL , Would you buy a brand new Blu-Ray player then link up a fugly old DVD-player to it with all the extra leads just so you had the correct functions that the Blu-Ray player should have had to start with?
Well that's what the pros do - they break out each device so it can do what it's designed for.

A consumer-level wireless router is really a router, a switch and a wireless AP all in one. But as the expression goes "jack of all trades, master of none." There are compromises in some parts of the design which make the whole unit weaker.

There's are two excellent articles right here on this site:

How to Improve Network Performance, Part 1

How to Improve Network Performance, Part 2

These articles advocate breaking these all-in-one units apart and choosing the best dedicated devices to perform one job only. A lot of very expensive commercial routers have few ports, really all that's required is WAN-LAN. That's why this Ubiquiti router has few ports, it's intended for low-level commercial applications where the end user would likely use a switch. The router does its job, then the switches do their job. Commercial networks even break down a router further and separate out its firewall functions using something like this:

https://www.barracuda.com/products

I just got an ASUS RT-N66U. But if you take a look at the router charts, this Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite beats it for LAN-WAN simultaneous throughput. However the RT-N66U has some of the of the best 802.11n wireless performance ever tested on this site. Wouldn't it be better to use the EdgeRouter as a router and the RT-N66U as a wireless AP? The combo would be faster.

Not that I need all that speed, I mean the RT-N66U has more than I'll ever need, but the Ubiquiti is better as a router. Its firmware is much more flexible and adaptable. I used to have a Linksys WRT54GL with DD-WRT and the router functions were much better than the RT-N66U. Wireless, not so much...

So another advantage to this approach is that if something better comes along, you can swap out that one component.
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All the mess of extra leads and plug socket is not something that appeals to me and i can see it being a pain when trying to troubleshoot network problems.
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Tim:

I just got my ERL a few days ago.

Thanks so much for your article how to configure your Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite.

The Ubiquiti Networks community page contains a fair amount of configuration examples. Some are given as a series of CLI commands, some are given as config.boot files and some are given as .tar.gz archives that can be installed via the web GUI (although I just read that raw config.boot files can be installed via the web GUI as of EdgeOS 1.1.0).

I'm not afraid of the CLI but entering each command one by one is tedious and merges with the existing configuration, creating conflicts. I'm probably not doing it right though!

Installing .tar.gz archives is a snap but until EdgeOS 1.1.0, if the instruction set wasn't already in the proper archive structure (i.e. you just had a config.boot) it seemed you couldn't use it.

I really appreciated your advice to replace the config.boot in the archive. That worked perfectly.

This is an extremely powerful router and it has a lot of potential. The web UI is sometimes slighted in the Ubiquiti forums but it is by far the nicest UI I've ever seen for a router. Polished and professional looking, FAST FAST FAST, well-organized, informative, allows access to almost all router functions. Full CLI built in. Deceptively simple layout, no information overload.
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Why only 3 ports?

That sucks as i would need at least 4.
Get a 8 or 16 port gigabit switch for future expansion. This is what everyone does when building a network.
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