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Posted · Original PosterOP

Which "hardware-selling" company is your best bet when it comes to usability, security, performance, etc. It would be nice to see some arguments to back up your opinion and probably one model of some hardware that really got your interest in the particular vendor or you happen to use it.

Obviously you can choose multiple and write about each of them. Their pros and cons when it comes to software, support or the hardware itself.

 

For me it would be ASUS. Their routers may be expensive but they offer significant performance boost over others. I don't know how much can I trust the TrendMicro's AiProtection feature but I guess it's useful.

Have been using the DSL-AC68U and it works great. Reaches the peak of my connection speed, quickly reconnects to ISP when it drops, and has a very good wireless coverage. I may not like the "candy" interface of the ASUSWRT but it has all the features I need and they are usually easy to find. In the case of interface I would go with the old TP-LINK (you know the very old) based on simple rectangles.

I don't pay too much attention to the looks of the hardware but... ASUS looks good.


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If we're talking WiFi, I like Google's stuff. I'm not savvy enough for it to limit me, and their interface is just convenient and full of features that a layman like me can access and utilize.

 


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3 minutes ago, PrinceNorris said:

Which "hardware-selling" company is your best bet when it comes to usability, security, performance, etc.

None. I only care about the specs, and when it comes to routers, that I can run OpenWRT on them.


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i've had some (unique to my situation) issues with ASUS and ended up buying some small business linksys gear..  and have been convinced ever since

 

it's as simple as "it works, so i stuck with it".

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The cheapest version of what I need that isn't actual trash. So usually Netgear.

 

Or the cheapest version of what I need used from ebay/craigslist. Which is usually either Linksys or a pretty old Cisco. In my area at least.


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2 minutes ago, PrinceNorris said:

Which "hardware-selling" company is your best bet when it comes to usability, security, performance, etc. It would be nice to see some arguments to back up your opinion and probably one model of some hardware that really got your interest in the particular vendor or you happen to use it.

Obviously you can choose multiple and write about each of them. Their pros and cons when it comes to software, support or the hardware itself.

 

For me it would be ASUS. Their routers may be expensive but they offer significant performance boost over others. I don't know how much can I trust the TrendMicro's AiProtection feature but I guess it's useful.

Have been using the DSL-AC68U and it works great. Reaches the peak of my connection speed, quickly reconnects to ISP when it drops, and has a very good wireless coverage. I may not like the "candy" interface of the ASUSWRT but it has all the features I need and they are usually easy to find. In the case of interface I would go with the old TP-LINK (you know the very old) based on simple rectangles.

I don't pay too much attention to the looks of the hardware but... ASUS looks good.

I currently prefer Netgear, as they tend to build solid (if not overpriced) routers, their hardware has held up well for me, though I'm also willing to consider Linksys. (though I do not recommend any of their hardware that was release between 2011 and 2016 as they had to switch suppliers, and redesign all of their routers, their quality has only recently recovered.)


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AVM for wireless stuff because Mesh network and for the other stuff... Well for me 'other stuff' means unmanaged switches, which does not matter at all what you get IMO.

Usually I get D-Link because they are pretty cheap and work well; all of the like 5 I have are in working order so no issues there.


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I've only worked with Cisco, Dell (Servers).. I think the CLI commands are easy once you understand it. 


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2 hours ago, Teddy07 said:

don´t care. I just use the router from my provider. It works so whatever

They gave you the one branded by them or the original from manufacturer? There is a difference sometimes. ISPs like to introduce their own software and it's usually worse than stock one.


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I prefere Ubiquiti. For Routers and L3 Switches the Edgemax series and for Wifi the Unifi series. For L2 Switches I'm fine with Tp-Link and Netgear.

A Router from the ISP is a no go. I don't like the idea not to have the full and exclusive control over the network. The Router for the main lines ISP is running in bridge mode. The backup lines on is an self bought Huawei.

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For router, anything that'll get the job done, but don't particularly like ISP ones. At the moment I have a modem.router combo, which is a Netgear Nighthawk D7000, which has been pretty good, except for the wifi which started giving problems after a few years, so now have a mesh system for the wifi, which is a BT mesh. For switches, either netgear or tp-link for consumer ones... I have a mixture at the moment and they are rock solid. I only had one switch die on me, and was just over it's 2 year warranty, Amazon replaced it with new anyway... think that was a netgear 8 port... I actually upgraded to a better model IMO and paid the difference in the price :)

I have a 48 port switch, which I got to "upgrade" my network, but have yet to implement it full time... mostly because it is noisy where it is at the moment. I hung on to it though, so that when I finally get my house sorted out it can be used instead of the daisy chain of consumer switches that exists right now, lol.

 


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5 hours ago, Minibois said:

which does not matter at all what you get IMO.

TP-Link 8-port gigabit switches for the win.. they're basicly free. (or in fact, if you read the small text, actually free with my ISP.)

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