Slightly less Random Ramblings

September 11, 2017

My Favorite Router for the Home

Filed under: computing, encryption, OpenVPN, OpenWRT, security — Tags: , — Robert Wicks @ 12:03 pm

I’ve been a longtime OpenWRT user. I still use it, however, I have finally found a router suitable for the home which made it worth my while to use in its stead: the Ubiquiti Edgerouter X. I listened to Steve Gibson of GRC sing its praises on the Security Now podcast and discovered, to my delight, that his praise was well-earned. The ease of use, throughput, feature set, and amazingly low price combine to make it a nearly ideal home router. For $50, you get five gigabit ports, and the router is capable of providing nearly that amount in throughput. For people who work from home, the ability to have multiple WAN connections for failover is a godsend. It allows you to set up your own OpenVPN server as well. Some might consider the lack of wifi to be a negative. I am not among that number. Decoupling wireless access from the actual Internet allows for much more flexibility and much lower cost.

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