Your home network setup?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by dontwalkhand, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. dontwalkhand macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Right now I am stuck on a CenturyLink connection, unfortunately that is the best we can get out here, but I made the best of it. So far I have done the following:

    Put their modem in Bridge Mode, and use a SonicWALL TZ-210 as a router, and Apple AirPort Extremes as wireless AP's. I am thinking about getting rid of the AirPorts and putting in Ubiquiti's UniFi AC APs instead, though wondering if I should also upgrade the SonicWALL as well.

    What do you guys recommend? I am staying far far away from the consumer stuff. I use a VPN between remote locations and run a business at home. So no Google WiFi or any of that jazz :p.
  2. joec1101 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2010
    So Cal, USA
    I have a few dozen UniFi AP’s at work that I manage. Excellent choice, but might be overkill for home use. Ubiquiti does have home routers that can be set up as a mesh system (wired or wireless). A less expensive solution for home and works well. I have three of these AmpliFi routers at home set up as mesh and very pleased with them. Just like the UniFi devices, these are very reliable and stable. Speed is top notch as well. No loss at all over WiFi.
  3. DJLC macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2005
    North Carolina
    I'm with Spectrum, 200x20 Mbps. I use an old Gateway small-form-factor desktop with two low-profile gigabit Ethernet cards as a pfSense router. The router sends most network traffic over a VPN with Private Internet Access with minimal speed loss. That then plugs into a basic gigabit switch, and I have two Asus routers running as access points.

    Looking forward, we're about to decommission some equipment at work, so I'm hoping to bring home an HP PoE gigabit switch and a couple Xirrus 802.11ac APs once that happens. Definitely overkill, but idc. :) If that doesn't pan out, I'll probably look at Unifi.
  4. John Yester macrumors newbie

    John Yester

    Jun 5, 2015
    Unifi All the way - 16 port POE, USG and 3 AP's
  5. hobowankenobi, Oct 18, 2018
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    hobowankenobi macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2015
    on the land line mr. smith.
    • Spectrum w/Cisco modem
    • UBNT Edgerouter X SFP: cheap and provides 4 ports with POE (saves using a small switch and/or injectors)
    • UBNT AC Lite (two)

    All rock solid...well not Spectrum.

    If I were looking for more router features, I would consider one of the Synology units. Tons of features. Now they have mesh APs too.

    Love the UBNT stuff, but the Synology UI and feature set is hard to discount for home and SMB use.
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    How do you like the USG?
  6. adam9c1 macrumors 68000


    May 2, 2012
    Ubiquiti USG gateway (the little square one)
    Two (non POE) switches
    Two UAP-AC-PRO
    One UAP-AC-Lite
    Cloud key (the old kind)

    Few APC SUA 1500
  7. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    I've been fine using a dedicated pfSense small form factor computer (Intel i3 based) for a firewall, in front of my service provider's SIP box for telephony, my home/client network, and my server networks. I've never seen it break a sweat.

    My network infrastructure consists of an old HP ProCurve switch, and, for now, Airport wireless APs. I plan to extend the wireless coverage, which will involve some cabling work, and eventually replacing the AirPorts with, probably, Ubiquiti APs.

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