I think I have a bufferbloat issue and have been scouring the internet for weeks looking for solutions.
I’m pretty tech orientated but I’m a newb at networking so please excuse if anything I say is incorrect or sounds dumb.
Quick rundown about my current setup.
3 Amplifi HDs, ethernet backhaul
150 down / 15 up (I can’t increase this)
25 WiFi devices, 10 Wired devices and growing
When my QNAP NAS backsup offsite it takes all of my upload bandwidth.
(I’m only backing up changed files and I have compression on)
I don’t want to hard limit it because when nothing is in use it can have it all, but as soon as something wants bandwidth I want to throttle the QNAP down and make it low priority.
From all my searching it seems to have pointed me to a bufferbloat issue and I need QoS and/or SQM to solve it.
The solutions I’ve found are:
1.Get a EdgeRouter - I like the easy to use slick Amplifi HD interface so I don’t want to bridge it and loose all the funtionallity.
2.Put an EdgeSwitch in front of my Amplifi to do nothing more than QoS. Kind of looks like there is a significant learning curve to it. (and I’ll get no help from Ubiquiti I already know that).
3.Use a NetGate in transparent mode. NetGate said it’s an unsupported feature, so again I’m on my own with it. I watch a Lawrence youtube video on it. It was great, Tom really knows his stuff! Well beyond what I think I’d be able to setup correctly though.
4.UDM-Pro? seems to have a slick easy to use interface. The issue is I can’t figure out if it can do QoS and SQM good enough to solve my issue. Some forum posts and reviews say the QoS is too basic. Ubiquiti says it has the same SQM as the EdgeRouter. But Ubiquiti won’t make a product recommendation and told me to ask random users on their forum… which is super bizarre that a manufacture won’t recommend their own product for an application… every company I’ve ever dealt with over the years big and small, I’m never come across one that won’t recommend their own product, but that’s another topic
With the UDM-Pro I’d have loose the Amplifis and get APs and Switches, which I’m prepared to do and get into the prosumer category, but I just can’t figure out if it will do that job.
I saw Tom’s videos on UDM-Pro and NetGate transparent mode stuff and figured this might be the place to go for the answer since he (and maybe others here) are familiar with all those options above and what would be best without me needing a computer engineering degree.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.