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post #11 of 17
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The EdgeMAX Ubiquiti Lite Router has officially died on me.
Should have gone with the pfSense route.

Should have remembered the saying "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is."
Argh, and I threw out the packaging just a day before it bailed on me.

Going to try to get this thing RMA'd, in the meantime, my trusty WRT54G is back in action.
post #12 of 17
What happened to the ERL? Mines been working great for almost a year now.

I know there were a small batch that had some problem with the Flash module, but it was something like 0.1% of models. The ERL is a great piece of hardware which I will gladly recommend to anyone (with some technical knowledge, and network understanding/abilities).
post #13 of 17
Don't bother buying new. Go to your local Goodwill or other thrift shop and look for any old PC. pfSense can run on a pentium II with 128mb ram no problem. All it needs is a CD drive, hard drive, and a couple PCI slots for your NICs. I spent $30-40 on mine and it runs like a champ. I looked at all kinds of embedded systems or building a cheap Atom box but it was all too expensive for simple routing. The router won't need any real processing power, all it does is handle network requests, and even an Atom is overkill for that. Just a reccomendation! smile.gif
post #14 of 17
I used tomato for a while on an asus rt-n12 but it just couldnt handle VPN, I was restricted to ~300-400 kb/s when my max dl speed is 5.1 mb/s (I know I'm posting in bytes not bits but this was measured through my torrenting program. I know its not a proper test but this was my easy and quick way to measure).

I frankensteined a pfsense router from parts laying around to play with it and is awesome. If your not adding in lots of features like squid and anti virus then you dont need a lot of ram. Literally throw together what you have laying around and pick up two Intel NICs and you will be good to go again. Like mentioned before get everything from goodwill.

If you want some more powerful hardware to play with grab a cheap server off ebay. Ive been hunting for one the last little bit and have seen alot of xeon servers (single - dual cpus) for about 100 with shipping. You mentioned you wanted to play with some networking hardware since your studying that in school so this would be a cheap way to get ur hands on it.

hope the next router you set up doesnt die on you again.
post #15 of 17
I was in your spot a year or two ago now. I looked at alot of options and kept coming back to untangle and pfsense as the os router. I ended up going with untangle and have ran it for over two years now and love it. It is very scalable and has lots of features. Very simple and easy to maintain. Depending on the size of your network/infrastructure, also if it is for home, or business it doesn't need much for hardware. I have mine runing on a dual core 3.0 with 4gig ddr2 on a home network with no issues. To be honest imo most untangle setups that have dedi hardware i see on forums are complete overkill for what it is used for.
   
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samsung evo 840  samsung evo 850 250gig windows 10 pro Asus PB287Q 
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Hanns G 27 hl237pb Asus PB287Q corsair vengeance k70 mech 750 watt antec 
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corsair 400c rat 9 wireless gaming mouse rocketfish gaming mousepad 
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700 watt power supply cooler master haf x 932 
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xeon x5687 xeon x5687 dell t5500 motherboard quadro 3000 
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post #16 of 17
Ive been spending the last two weeks trying to find small form factors computres to get into my home and found this company. Maybe itll help u pick cheap unit. Im not endorsing this company just what i found.

http://www.mitxpc.com/products.asp?cat=209
post #17 of 17
I used untangle for several years, now I run Zentyal. I much prefer Zentyal so far, only issue I have is with the anti-virus module crashing all the time. I tried to troubleshoot the issue for days, then just gave up and did a completely fresh install. Same problem after the fresh install.
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