If you go the Mikrotik route, don’t buy the cheapest ones, and do your research before getting into them. When it comes to configuration, you get a very raw tool and it is up to you to configure almost every aspect by hand. If you like that, then you’ll be in heaven. If you just want a simple router and don’t want to waste too much time fiddling with it, consider the TP-Link TL-R605 or even the TL-ER7206.
josep, I just found the TL-R605 over the weekend and I wanted to buy it, but then I saw that there are two versions available V1 and V2. The V2 has an additional USB port that you can use to plug in a compatible 4G/LTE dongle and use that for a failover WAN connection.
But I don’t see the V2 in any of the online stores yet, so not sure when it will actually be available for purchase.
Yeah, I’ve been through this as well. Can’t help you there. I have also had trouble because my distributors don’t tag the products that clearly, and sometimes you have to think: “life is like a box of chocolates”
Have you ever used an ER-X? If so, how do they compare?
Does the TL-R605 support vlans for the IoT devices?
There was at least one uncomplimentary post on the TP-Link site from an ER-X user that bought a TL-R605 and was dissappointed and sent it back. But it is hard to say how unbiased that was. A TP-Link TL-R605 user going to an ER-X may feel the same way.
I have an er-x. It works but it’s not even close to a pfSense box. You can take almost any old pc and turn it into a pfSense box on the cheap and have it do more than an er-x. My ER-X is configured as switch (in the closet, as a backup, if needed).
I know this is 6 months old but I have an er-x. It works but it’s not even close to a pfSense box. You can take almost any old pc and turn it into a pfSense box on the cheap and have it do more than an er-x. My ER-X is configured as switch (in the closet, as a backup, if needed).
The TP-Link TL-R605 V1 is garbage. The basic functions that should just work, do not work on this router, so I really don’t recommend it. Support even confirmed a bug in the SW but after more than 6 months, still no fix.
You can read more about this here:
I should have just listened to Tom in the first place and gone with pfSense.
Went with a Futro S920 and it just works
Futro S920 is a realy great and cheap box. See here for more info