Last year i’ve built the most exagerated home network i could afford (including my mom’s old computer that was hanging around, doing nothing), problem is, i think i may have overdone it.
What i currently have is:
-“Networkstallion” Untangle box (Z77, i3-3240t, 250gb HDD, 4gb of RAM, Intel D33682 dual gigabit NIC)
-Tp-Link TL-SG1016 and TL-SG108 switches
-Asus RT-AC1200 router in AP mode (more on this later)
It does make a nice job of keeping everything in check, problem is, it also consumes tons of energy as well and combined with abnormal air-con usage in the last two months, made the bills rather heavy on the pocket.
I also can’t deny i’m a novice when it comes to enterprise level networking, i can configure everything and anything i need for home, but enterprise gear like pfSense and Untangle does absolutely no favors to me, as i can tell.
I also need another wireless AP because while my RT-AC1200 reaches the other side of the house, it keeps dropping packets when i get there.
So i was thinking, i can sell the parts of the computer, buy a really good router (something like an AC3200 from Tp-Link, there’s a lot of options here), remove the 16 port switch and replace it with an 8 port switch (since only 4 are being used) and be done with it.
What do you guys think?
Flash the two TM-AC1900s to stock RT-AC68u firmware. Use Asus mesh (AImesh) with either ethernet or two MoCA adapters for the backhaul. Or just use wifi for the backhaul, which will also work fine but be a bit slower and higher latency. It will get connectivity to your whole house.
That’s better, but i think there’s no need for two routers, the AC-1200 will be kept since its decent enough for the other side of the house. Also, the house is well provided of ethernet connectivity, i have a bunch of CAT6 keystones on both sides.