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Old 10-03-2018, 06:29 PM   #1
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How much money you guys spend on your home network?

I see many people here talking of upgrading to mesh networking with Asus routers or dedicated mesh routers. some also run multiple access points with dedicated routers switches etc.

My own network consist of a old dell pc(pfsense router+VM) a cheap tplink switch and a unifi AP. Total cost around $500 which cost around a higher end consumer router but less then a mesh system.

I am interested to know how you guys set up your home network and how much you spend on it

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Old 10-03-2018, 10:12 PM   #2
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I use Netgear Orbi which was around $600. Prior to buying Orbi I had Apple and ASUS routers with Moca setup($700+) to get wifi signal in different rooms.

In my opinion, Mesh technology definitely made wifi coverage better.
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:31 PM   #3
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EdgeRouter Lite - $200
TPLink switch - $30
Raspberry Pi - $50
AC87U - Topped up from M1 can't remember price
AC1200G+ - Free from M1
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:20 AM   #4
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EdgeRouter Lite - $200
TPLink switch - $30
Raspberry Pi - $50
AC87U - Topped up from M1 can't remember price
AC1200G+ - Free from M1
I remember seeing the edgerouter lite for $150+ in sim lim. Buy from Amazon probably cheaper
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:36 AM   #5
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I use Netgear Orbi which was around $600. Prior to buying Orbi I had Apple and ASUS routers with Moca setup($700+) to get wifi signal in different rooms.

In my opinion, Mesh technology definitely made wifi coverage better.
Did your previous moca setup not work well enough?
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Old 11-03-2018, 03:51 PM   #6
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pfSense box - $400+
UAP AC LR - $140

Gonna get the US-24 non-PoE for my new place.
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Old 11-03-2018, 04:00 PM   #7
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pfSense box - $400+
UAP AC LR - $140

Gonna get the US-24 non-PoE for my new place.
Wa you got so many wired devices
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Old 11-03-2018, 04:19 PM   #8
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Wa you got so many wired devices
Nah, just have too many LAN ports, 3 per room adds up really quickly.
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Old 11-03-2018, 04:26 PM   #9
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Nah, just have too many LAN ports, 3 per room adds up really quickly.
I see, to bad I live in old HDB flat so no ethernet trunking. I just put most of my wired devices together. The rest can use WiFi
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Old 11-03-2018, 04:38 PM   #10
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For me, I didn't spend a lot on networking equipments, mainly because I planned ahead and chose a slower broadband connection for cost savings.

- Huawei RG: $2/mth on M1 Fibre 100Mbps (used for Voice as well; returned to M1 in March 2013)
- ASUS RT-N15U: Free on M1 Fibre 150Mbps (swapped for RMA; given away already)
- TP-Link Nano: $40+ (used that to complement on coverage once in a while; now kept in drawer instead)
- ASUS RT-N56U: Free on M1 Fibre 200Mbps (low usage from Feb 2015 - Feb 2018; now in full use for MBR as AP).
- ASUS RT-N66U: $199 (replace ASUS RT-N15U; in use since March 2014 as router (except Oct 2016 - June 2018) / AP (off since Oct 2016) / OpenVPN Server (since 2015; inactive during Oct 2016 - June 2017))
- ASUS RT-AC1200G+: $5/mth topup on M1 Fibre 300Mbps - ongoing contract (now in use as main AP, providing coverage for most parts of the home; Oct 2016 - June 2017 was main router/AP).

Contract period:
- 100Mbps Fibre: Mar 2011 - Mar 2013
- 150Mbps Fibre: Mar 2013 - Feb 2015
- 200Mbps Fibre: Feb 2015 - Oct 2016
- 300Mbps Fibre: Oct 2016 - now (may recontract in June-July 2018)

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Old 11-03-2018, 05:58 PM   #11
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Wow you guys really spend so much on your network infrastructure All so elites.

For me this is just my humble home network:

Internet: Whizcomms 1gbps plan ($28 per month for 2 years)
ONR: Free provided by Whizcomms
Wireless Router: Netgear N7000 ($140)

That's it. No ethernet trunking of cables as I don't like cables at all. Everything is on WIFI. No problems at all as even my master bedroom toilet and all the other corners of my HDB resale flat get 4 bars and above.

My gaming PC on WIFI get 500-600mbps from the router.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:09 PM   #12
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Wow you guys really spend so much on your network infrastructure All so elites.

For me this is just my humble home network:

Internet: Whizcomms 1gbps plan ($28 per month for 2 years)
ONR: Free provided by Whizcomms
Wireless Router: Netgear N7000 ($140)

That's it. No ethernet trunking of cables as I don't like cables at all. Everything is on WIFI. No problems at all as even my master bedroom toilet and all the other corners of my HDB resale flat get 4 bars and above.

My gaming PC on WIFI get 500-600mbps from the router.
Nothing wrong with having a simple network if it works well for you

Btw when did whizcomms offer $28/month internet? I see their website now $34 a month
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:15 PM   #13
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Nothing wrong with having a simple network if it works well for you

Btw when did whizcomms offer $28/month internet? I see their website now $34 a month
Haha actually its $32 per month for 2 years but 3 months free so add up to 28 per month
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:12 AM   #14
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Moca seemed to give good speeds when I measured using speedtest but there seemed to be buffering during streaming of online content such as IPTV. Once I changed to Orbi, the buffering is gone and the signal reaches the corners of home.
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Old 16-03-2018, 11:14 PM   #15
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Recently moved from Asus RT-AC78U to an all uniquiti unifi Network

All price approx:
USG P3 (router): $200
2 x AP-AC-LR (access point): $340
1 x AP-AC-IW (access point): $160
3 x US-8-60W ( 8 port switch with Poe): $600
1 box 250ft monoprice cat6 bulk cable: $100
Unifi cloudkey controller $76
Still have other misc items like keystone, cat 6 cables etc.

Previously DIY pull Ethernet cables to all rooms.
1 box 100m Belden cat6 bulk cable: $100
3 x dual port cat6 legrand network point $100
16 port cat6 patch panel $50
+ Misc items like trunking, double side tape, paint etc

Previously, my phone is struggling with the poor reception from the single RT-AC78U in my masterbed room and gaming room. With the ubiquiti setup, I'm getting almost full bar 5G reception in every part of the house. So it's money well spent imho

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