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I have a home network with a FreeNAS file/media server and am looking for a new router/AP.

Currently I have an Linksys E2500 and am running home file transfers at 2 MB/s from my computer, WIFI to router, WIFI to bridge, ethernet to server. Once I hardwired both to server, then I got 11 MB/s.

So, on the FreeNAS forum, they recommended that I should update the router and the Realtek NIC to an Intel NIC.

So, do you guys have any recommendations? Also, managed vs unmanaged routers?
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So, on the FreeNAS forum, they recommended that I should update the router and the Realtek NIC to an Intel NIC.

If your Realtek NIC is already gigabit then not really necessary. Sure Intel NICs are better but not worth it if you already have a Gigabit NIC. If you're on 10/100 then for sure upgrade.

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managed vs unmanaged routers?

That really isn't a thing... I think you're confusing it with managed vs unmanaged switches. If you do need a switch on your network for additional ports, chances are you will be fine with an unmanaged, or "smart" web type switch. Managed switches are really only necessary for advanced networking scenarios and can get pricey.

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So, do you guys have any recommendations?

What is your budget? That would help alot making recommendations. If you want to stick with consumer grade stuff where a router is actually a router, switch, and AP combined here are some recommendations:
-Netgear R6700 (currently $113.08 but has a $20 coupon, taking it to $93.08), it also supports DD-WRT "Kong Mod" firmware if you need a some more advanced features not found in stock firmware.
-ASUS RT-AC3200 ($199.89), also supports third party firmware like Tomato (my personal favorite)
-You can also look into AC5400 or AD7200 routers but they are overkill IMO.

If you want to go with Enterprise grade equipment I'd strongly recommend Ubiquiti products. You'd be spending a lot more money, an example of a basic network config would be Edgerouter Lite + EdgeSwitch Lite / ToughSwitch + UniFi AP AC Lite. I probably wouldn't go this route. A high end consumer router will be fast and work well for you.
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Now, I did a little looking and at the Edgerouters and how would this setup work:

Ubiquiti ERPOE-5 EdgeRouter PoE Advanced 5-Port Router
$150.99 at Newegg

UAP-AC-LITE - Ubiquiti UniFi 802.11ac LITE Indoor 2.4/5GHz AP US/CA
$77.99 at Newegg

For a total of $228.98.

How would it compare to a "home" router?
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Can get a Netgear R6900 for $100 good deal for a good router or just junk?
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I use a netgear nighthawk R7000, but since you have a NAS you might want something less towards gaming and more towards enterprise network hardware, but the nighthawk is fast has plenty of features and nice remote management. Also a managed AP is almost a must so you can configure devices and settings.
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Now, I did a little looking and at the Edgerouters and how would this setup work:

Ubiquiti ERPOE-5 EdgeRouter PoE Advanced 5-Port Router
$150.99 at Newegg

UAP-AC-LITE - Ubiquiti UniFi 802.11ac LITE Indoor 2.4/5GHz AP US/CA
$77.99 at Newegg

For a total of $228.98.

How would it compare to a "home" router?

If you want the best wifi performance get the pro not lite, both are still great either way. Better than home wireless router combos for the most part.

The ERPOE-5 is not needed, you would be fine with the X router. You will need a switch, but a cheap gigabit switch is fine, you don't want to use those ubiquiti router's as switches. For those each lan port should be its own VLAN, and if only one vlan is needed than you only need one ethernet out.


If you are trying to save money, just get a standard AC wireless unit with gigabit ethernet.
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