John Kreno on 30 Jun 2017 22:04:21 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Router Recommendations

The Edgerouter X is essentially the same hardware as the Mikrotik hEX. 

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 8:11 PM, Lee H. Marzke <> wrote:
I'm a former Vyatta user which got me into the Edgerouter platform.

I  use an Edgerouter X as my emergency backup internet router in case my primary router is down,
and use a Buffalo unit running OpenWRT for a Wifi bridge,  so the WiFi doesn't impinge on my
75/75 FIOS throughput.

I can't say much about the Edgerouter except it works the few times I've needed it - but I don't have my full
firewall rules ,etc setup on it - just emergency NAT outbound access.   The ER OS is forked from VyOS
which was forked from  Vyatta after Brocade bough Vyatta.   ER added a basic GUI that the others don't have.

Here the Vyatta Brocade history:

Advanced features in Edgerouter are configured from the CLI more like a commercial router, so this unit is
good if you would like to get that Juniper-like experience,  a good introduction to what you can do is here:

So with multiple vLAN zones,  you'll want a managed Cisco switch to carve up ports into
the vLAN's as needed.

For a larger environment with servers  I can't recommend pfSense enough.  This has
lots of other features such as OpenVPN,  RRD graphs ,  IPv4/6 dual stack.    What I find really nice is
support for IP aliases  and port aliases  in the firewall rules,  which makes your FW rules very simple.
Unlike EdgeRouter ,  pfSense uses the GUI for everything.

In my case I find running pfSense as a VM works well and keeps the power down.


From: "KP" <>
To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <>
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 9:03:58 AM
Subject: Re: [PLUG] Router Recommendations
I deploy Ubiquiti products for clients and while the Edgerouters are nice, they do not do wifi. You would need to add some Unifi access points to get the full solution. Different management philosophy for commercial grade wireless and more then $100 when its all put together.

The web UI's on the Edgerouters are also horrible on mobile and other small screens.

On June 30, 2017 6:13:55 AM EDT, Russ Wenner <> wrote:
On the "Security Now" podcast they often speak positively about the "Ubiquiti Edgerouter X".  I personally do not own one but it's on my Amazon "Wish List" :-) They seem to go for around $70 or less.
Manufacturer's Link

Manufacturer's Data Sheet


On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 5:59 AM, Rich Freeman <> wrote:
On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 11:33 PM, KP <> wrote:
> For a good to superior out-of-box experience. I would put Buffalo units at
> the top of the consumer space.
> I've been though 6 (2 per deployment) of 'em over the last 10 years or so
> but that is because I wore them out or upgraded.
> Also, they come with dd-wrt not OpenWRT. Different animals.

My understanding is that they generally all support installing
OpenWRT, however, and in my case I remember it wasn't particularly
difficult to do.  You are correct that it typically isn't stock.

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