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5.0 out of 5 stars For advanced users only -- goes beyond DD-WRT, October 6, 2013
This review is from: EdgeRouter Lite ERLite-3 512MB 3 Ethernet Ports Router (Camera)
I've had the UBNT Edgemax Router Lite for a few months now, and it's been working beautifully for me.

It's an incredible bang for the buck, offering 1 million packets/second routing and fire walling (that will do roughly 1GB/sec). I can't get the CPU load past the single digits with my 120 megabit/sec broadband Internet connection. It offers quality of service, traffic shaping, VLAN tags, link aggregation, and host of other features. If these terms don't make sense to you, then this is NOT your router -- get a Netgear or something. On the other hand, if you've flashed a consumer-grade router with DD-WRT, tinkered with it, and desire to graduate to the next level, then THIS IS YOUR ROUTER. And for about $100 it's an incredible steal.

You need to invest some Google search time to set it up. Fortunately, there are some canned configurations that you can download from UBNT to start you off. The GUI is OK, not spectacular, and some of the more advanced features you'll need the command-line to use. (The command-line user manual for Vyatta, which is the configuration system this unit uses, is a 400+ page PDF document.)

Once I got it configured, it's been running 24/7 in my home IT closet for months without a single hiccup, so it's been rock-solid stable. I also use it as my house's DHCP server (which admittedly is a feature in even the cheesiest consumer-grade router nowadays).

It puts out a surprising amount of heat, although that hasn't impacted its reliability. And if you're interested in rack-mounting it, you will need a mounting bracket, like the one from RF Armor (do a Google search for it). I have the mounting bracket, and it will hold TWO Edgemax Router Lite's or an ERL and a Toughswitch.

Keep in mind that unlike most all-in-one consumer-grade routers that include WiFi capabilities, this is ONLY for hardwired connections. You will need separate access points (and ideally, a commercial-grade system of a wireless controller with 2 or more access points -- trust me on this, you will be MUCH happier).

If/when I switch from the Edgemax Router Lite to something else, it will be likely the reason will be that I'm simply fixing a problem that doesn't exist just to try something different, as the ERL has been performing flawlessly.
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Initial post: Oct 8, 2013 11:38:35 AM PDT
anand says:
Michael,
Thanks for your review. Could you share the URL for that 400+ page PDF for Vyatta CLI?
Anand.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 6:21:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2013 6:22:07 PM PDT
Take a look at http://www.vyatta.com/downloads/documentation/VC6.2/Vyatta_BasicSystemRef_R6.2_v01.pdf

And my mistake, it's a 300+ page PDF file, not 400+ page.

Mike

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 2:46:32 PM PST
What do you prefer to use for wireless access points and a controler?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 5:07:41 PM PST
I started out with D-Link's commercial-grade wireless controller and 4 access points, but was unhappy with the overall performance. So I switched to Ruckus wireless. Their controller is MUCH easier to set up, and the performance is AMAZING. It's an active, self-healing, interference-resistant network that provides me with a full-strength signal EVERYWHERE in the house, and on the decks. I get 120 Mbps+ connections essentially 100% of the time. And this is in an urban area with LOTS of neighbors with networks. Yes, it is a little pricey, but you will never see WiFi the same again. I HIGHLY recommend Ruckus products. You will be very happy.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 2:27:29 PM PST
looks like vyatta was bought by brocade and the link is dead do you have any idea where else i can get my hands on this?
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