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Ubiquiti routers for 1 Gb/s network, which one to get?

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I've been wanting to upgrade my router for a long time, I've completely dismissed all the commercially available routers and I'd like a cheaper and smaller solution than making my own.

Which lead me to Ubiquiti.

I know they recently released new line of routers, but I have no idea what I should get. I'm willing to spend just over $100 if necessary.

I've got 1 Gb/s fiber so I'd like to utilize it to the max.

Amazon with "Ubiquiti" search temp

Thanks in advance!
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Hey,
I think you need to provide a little more information for someone to help you make a decision. Most of the factors that you would use to make a choice on router you have not mentioned.
Any gigabit ethernet router will cover the one requirement you have stated: maxing out 1Gb/s fibre. Just get a cheap TP-link one for $25.

Ubiquiti make good wireless AP's.
If you want a router that is better than the standard, I'd look at something like the MikroTik hEX: https://routerboard.com/RB750Gr2 -- it runs routerOS which is a fantastic piece of firmware that ties in with winBox for easy router management (with a plethora of features compared to your normal router firmwares).

But unless you have a 100mbit router so you are losing 90% of your internet speed, I don't see why you would need to upgrade it. If you need more ports, just buy a switch, if you need more wifi coverage, buy an AP or an extender, if you want more control, flash one of the many custom firmwares to your current router (if possible).

Basically your question is hard to answer because we don't know what you have now (to recommend something that is an actual upgrade).

Also;
Do you want to exceed 1GbE (perhaps with a SFP+ port or 2 to get 10GbE).
Do you need link aggregation features?
How many ports are you after; 4, 8, 24?
What sort of control do you want over the router - will TP-links software do it, or do you need some serious management like what RouterOS offers?
Do you need a wifi AP included?
Do you need a modem included?
etc.
Edited by spinFX - 10/9/16 at 5:46pm
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I'm on gigabit fiber and I use an edgerouter poe. I get 950/950 on speed tests. Its pretty easy to set up and the poe ports are nice for my unifi AC AP Pro's.

https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-Edgerouter-PoE-Desktop-Wall-Mountable/dp/B00HXT8EUE/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1476060855&sr=1-1&keywords=edgerouter+poe
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Thanks for a superb reply spinFX.
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Also;
Do you want to exceed 1GbE (perhaps with a SFP+ port or 2 to get 10GbE).
Do you need link aggregation features?
How many ports are you after; 4, 8, 24?
What sort of control do you want over the router - will TP-links software do it, or do you need some serious management like what RouterOS offers?
Do you need a wifi AP included?
Do you need a modem included?
etc.

What I've currently got is TP-Link Archer C2 or 3.

I don't need to exceed 1GbE.
Only need 4 ports tops.
I want something more advanced than the typical consumer grade router.
Don't need the AP included, I'll go for one of the Ubiquiti's AP.

Basically, I want a more advanced tool, both for a better stability and function, but also so I can hopefully learn something in the process.
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