Ubiquiti Product Recommendation?

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yerkopil8
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:11    Post subject: Ubiquiti Product Recommendation? Reply with quote
At my last job I worked with what I believe was a Ubiquiti AP. Using its software to manage settings was amazing. Currently I have a Google Wifi Router which honestly is doing an ok job. However I want more control (I'm unable to set better control over who gets on the 5ghz network!), and am looking to replace it.



What would be a good recommendation for a small city apartment with the following:
- 2 Computers

- 3 Gaming Consoles
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- 2 Smart Tvs

- 1 Printer

- 4 Mobile devices

- 6 iot/smart home devices

I should include I have Verizon FIOS at 100 mbps.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 15:35    Post subject: Reply with quote
to be honest, and my opinion, is that you don't buy a ubiquiti device to throw dd-wrt onto it for "more control."

I don't own any ubiquiti device nor do I follow this forum very closely, but I would say that if you are looking at ubiquiti and dd-wrt..you're in the wrong place... those devices are expensive and have rather good firmware of their own...

I would suggest finding a cheap TP-Link C7v5 (A7v5; amazon's version) to play with dd-wrt and see if you like dd-wrt. These are good to 150mbps plans and using Q.o.S.
They will work on faster speeds with SFE turned on, but toss out q.o.s. (which you want as a gamer)

If you want to "splurge" go with a used Netgear R7800 for up to 500mbps q.o.s speeds. Anything faster should be using something higher end like ubiquiti.

Ubiquiti is really meant for small office people, otherwise it gets too expensive for the average home user and causual user like the vast majority of people on these forums. (generally speaking)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 17:05    Post subject: Reply with quote
I agree with everything MSOE said, adding if wanting more resources than A7 v5 closer in spec to R7800

it would be EA8500, which if you are lucky can find one in used condition very cheap.

Initial serial flash required however, also an early revision guarantees populated serial header pins.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 17:18    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah, the EA8500 is a great router too, but I stopped recommending it due to all the work the casual home user has to do to get it going... If you own a soldering iron and are comfortable doing that type of work...EA8500 is a cheaper alternative more in-line with the C7v5/A7v5 prices I see on ebay... But the R7800 is still the best and easiest to get going for around $100 used.

Covid-19 really killed the deals to be found on ebay for all routers...everyone found out how shitty their home wifi really was and flocked to upgrades. The R7800 used to sell for $50-$75 used....

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2022 15:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
is disagree on the EA8500 , its supereasy to flash if you downgrade to a certain old stock firmware version and then use a older Kong build to convert to dd-wrt if i remember the procedure correctly , i just recently upgraded a EA8500 this way as a dozen before last year ....
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2022 7:40    Post subject: Reply with quote
Correct, regions with international firmwares such as EU are lucky. There is no encryption or downgrade lock.
Simply downgrade to 2015 1.1.4.168206 or earlier if needed. US region 1.1.4.169978 or later requires serial.

"thank you Brainslayer for fixing the EA8500 'factory-to-ddwrt.img' in r41174 " quoted from @mrjcd also this.
So, you should be able to go directly to a current BrainSlayer build using factory-to-ddwrt without any issues.

Recommended: R7800 (XR450/XR500), R9000 (R8900/XR700), R7500v2, EA8500 (serial flash) or x86.
Searching for access points only, maybe a Comfast CF-E380AC. CF-E385AC needs hardware donation.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2022 7:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have an EU EA8500 and could flash without problems, it also has the serial header soldered on to which I have attach my serial interface (this is a development router).

Rumor has it that these routers have the rectangular power brick so that you can recognize them

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2022 8:15    Post subject: Reply with quote
HK-X142-A12 or HK-X142-A12S is older style and newer KSAS0501200350HU or 2103-30103502R for US.

Retail Box Rev. A00 with PCB REV:205(XC) has older power adapters, with simple white blue box artwork.

B00 is a coin toss I've seen both old and new box art, with green radio waves. C00 has PCB REV:205(XD).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2022 10:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
I see some possible security issues, if the IOT devices and smart TV's are Internet facing.

Both are actively exploited and attacked by botnets all over the world.

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