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Ubiquiti experts please weigh in

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Ubiquiti experts please weigh in

Ok, I'm migrating from consumer gear to prosumer gear. So far, I've installed a Ubiquiti APACLR, and I'm shopping for a new router. The choice isn't too obvious, however. Here's what I need:

- actual Gigabit WAN speed
- 4 ports on same switch
- management of AP through a UniFi Cloud Key
- POE to power the AP and the CloudKey
- fully functional web interface (I'm not learning a CLI)
- rackmount equipment not an option

So, here's my thinking, and please correct me if I'm wrong:

- My hatred of CLI eliminates the Unifi Security Gateway
- The EdgeRouter X SFP can't actually provide full gigabit WAN speeds (or can it?)
- The ER3-Lite is the fastest, but I sacrifice PoE and I still have to use a switch
- The ERPoe-5 *may* be fast enough (If I don't bridge ETH1 with 2-4) but will it PoE the CloudKey? And can I easily access whichever device is on ETH1 without bridging?

Help. Thanks.
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Are you sure the EdgeMax will work with the cloud key? I bought an ERX the other day and assumed it would just show up in the UniFI controller software. It doesn't. I have to log into the router separately from the Unifi controller software.
it's me ramin.
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golden_m wrote:
Mar 21st, 2017 1:22 pm
what is your budget for the router?
how about this model - https://www.ubnt.com/edgemax/edgerouter-poe/
has 5 PoE ports and no need to learn CLI ;-)
Yeah, that's the leading option, IF it will do true gigabit WAN and IF I can access the CloudKey on ETH1 without bridging.
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B0000rt wrote:
Mar 21st, 2017 1:56 pm
Are you sure the EdgeMax will work with the cloud key? I bought an ERX the other day and assumed it would just show up in the UniFI controller software. It doesn't. I have to log into the router separately from the Unifi controller software.
Actually, I discovered it won't, but I still want to power it from the router and control my AP with it. The specs say it supports passive PoE. One thing I'm finding is Ubiquiti has lousy documentation.
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JAC wrote:
Mar 21st, 2017 3:00 pm
Yeah, that's the leading option, IF it will do true gigabit WAN and IF I can access the CloudKey on ETH1 without bridging.
you should be able to.
why don't you chat with their support and explain exactly what your concerns are:
https://help.ubnt.com/hc/en-us

you will find their chat in the right bottom corner
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