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MikroFi megathread - Mikrotik & Unifi - ultimate home network

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MikroFi megathread - Mikrotik & Unifi - ultimate home network

RFD is littered with posts about what "router" to buy. I figured I would start one on what I recommend and a place for people to talk about it, especially after the Ubiquiti deal that came up recently.

There’s tons of permutations with Ubiquiti and Mikrotik. My personal preference is a Mikrotik router paired with a Unifi A. Mikrotik routers are insanely powerful, frequently updated, and relatively cheap. The UAP-AC-LITE is also cheap, and plenty for most houses. With Power over Ethernet, it’s easy to deploy in a central location in your house without worrying about where to plug it in – just get your network cable to where you want to mount it and you’re good to go!

The router has a wizard built in if you are a typical user, with port 1 plugged in to your cable/dsl modem, and the rest for your home network. There’s plenty of resources out there on how to configure it, but I have one setup at my parents as well, and it runs for months on end with no issues. It handles UPNP for automatic port forwarding. Manual port forwarding will require a hint of technical ability, but it’s a cookie cutter recipe you follow over and over.

The UAP no longer needs Unifi Controller software if you don’t want – you can set it up using their Android application and forget about it. More advanced users will want to run the controller, either on a PC or in the cloud, to set some advanced options.

In the end, you’ll get a great network. Plenty of speed, and more importantly, very stable. And it's likely to cost you much less than a high end consumer router, which won't be updated after a year. No more “try unplugging the router” to fix things.

(The setup is flawless for the typical parents situation - netflix, plex, web browsing... I can manage their WiFi remotely if there’s an issue (ie. Forget the password)… everything just works.)

My current recommendation (Jan 2021) : Mikrotik Hex S (RB760iGS) + Unifi UAP-AC-LITE. RB760iGS has an SFP port to run Bell fiber directly and bypass HH3000.
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Does the Mikrotik support DNSMasq?
It claims to support DDNS but which one? Does it support afraid.org?
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I bought the Mikrotik 750GR2 and the Ubiquiti Unifi UAP AC Pro. I am waiting for both to be delivered and am getting excited about my new toys.

Once I have everything set up I think I am going to need some help with assigning internal IP addresses and then doing some port forwarding - specifically for my PS4 and PSN (and various individual games that require some additional ports to be open).

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bogolisk wrote: Hi

Does the Mikrotik support DNSMasq?
It claims to support DDNS but which one? Does it support afraid.org?
Yes, you can do dnsmasq. You can also intercept all DNS queries trying to leave the network and redirect them either internally or externally if you want. I setup all DNS queries from my Chromecast and Android devices to be redirected to a Pi-Hole to eliminate ads.

For dynamic IP's - each router gets it's own DNS alias assigned by Mikrotik. You can then create a CNAME record to that alias (eg. myhome.mydomain.com) to get that IP. Or, you can use their ugly DNS they provide (529c0491d41c.sn.mynetname.net)
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Cantley wrote: Once I have everything set up I think I am going to need some help with assigning internal IP addresses and then doing some port forwarding - specifically for my PS4 and PSN (and various individual games that require some additional ports to be open).
I'm pretty sure PS4 works entirely off uPNP, no port forwarding required?

IP addresses will all be done via DHCP - you can easily assign static IP's if required.
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enko wrote: I'm pretty sure PS4 works entirely off uPNP, no port forwarding required?

IP addresses will all be done via DHCP - you can easily assign static IP's if required.
Excellent! This is sounding easier and easier.

The Microtik 750GR2 has been delivered. It certainly is a tiny device!

I will wait for the Unifi UAC AC Pro to arrive before I switch to the new system. I have been looking over the instruction manual for the Unifi Controller, it too looks fairly strait forward, especially for what I need it to do.

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I've got a pair of UniFi AC Pros (the newer circle ones) and they're great. 5GHz coverage on the whole house and handover is seamless. I wish there were more bandwidth limiting features but I guess that's the job of the router/gateway not Access Point.

PoE is great too, one of the APs has no power nearby.
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What is the Tx/Rx wattage of the Mikrotik 750GR2 ?
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Anyone compile a list of basic settings that are available in webgui on most Routers, that would require CLI intervention for Microtik?
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EdT586 wrote: What is the Tx/Rx wattage of the Mikrotik 750GR2 ?
It's only a router.
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cloneman wrote: Anyone compile a list of basic settings that are available in webgui on most Routers, that would require CLI intervention for Microtik?
I have yet to do anything on my Mikrotik that had to be done through CLI. It was all via the WebFig or Winbox. I've done QoS, VPN with IPSEC, multiple PPPoE, routes, bandwidth limiting... it can all be done from the gui. ;)
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Here are a couple of links for people considering purchasing the items described: Here is a comprehensive review of the Ubiquiti Unifi AC Pro, and a chart comparing the various Unifi WAP models.
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Cantley wrote: Here are a couple of links for people considering purchasing the items described:
If you're in the Greater Toronto Area, NetWire has it in local stock for $85 CAD + HST.
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All the ethernet cabling I presently use is Cat6. All my equipment (router, WAP, switches) are full gigabit capable. Is it necessary to replace all my Cat6 ethernet cables with Cat7 ethernet cables? Will it make a real world difference?

Thank you.

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Cat 6 is more than good enough for gigabit, actually it is good enough for 10-gigabit Ethernet, which is costly and not widely deployed for home use.
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nerdonsite wrote: Cat 6 is more than good enough for gigabit, actually it is good enough for 10-gigabit Ethernet.
Thank you! I really did not want to replace everything and this will save me a bundle!
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Were you charged duty, handling, and/or shipping fee for this item? TIA.
Cantley wrote: Here are a couple of links for people considering purchasing the items described:
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zalapski wrote: Were you charged duty, handling, and/or shipping fee for this item? TIA.
While not explicit on their website where they ship from, they're based in Ottawa (despite the USD pricing).

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zalapski wrote: Were you charged duty, handling, and/or shipping fee for this item? TIA.
JPTN wrote: While not explicit on their website where they ship from, they're based in Ottawa (despite the USD pricing).

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Correct, the item was shipped from Ottawa so there were no additional charges and I received it via Purolator 18-hours after I ordered it (live in Western Quebec - outside of Gatineau which is across from Ottawa).

When I first went looking for this router, Xagyl showed no stock. I emailed Xagyl asking when it would be available and they responded very quickly by putting one in stock for me to order. I was charged $72.21US delivered. The place in Toronto mentioned above maybe cheaper but I have no regrets, Xagyl was certainly fast and courteous.

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Xagyl is good, I've ordered a few things from them. The USD thing is the only thing that I think is a bit silly!

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