The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter-X and UniFi AC Lite access point that I ordered 2 weeks have finally arrived!
As I was not at home when the delivery was made, the postman left a note on the door to indicate that my items have arrived. I excitedly grabbed the missed delivery note and headed straight down to my neighborhood post office to collect my purchase.
Little did I know that I will be spending at least 5 days configuring the EdgeRouter-X and UniFi AC Lite access point before they are ready to be deployed.
By the time this article is out, my Home Network would be run by Ubiquiti!
The UniFi AC Lite access point came in a slide out brown box with a clean white cover box with a picture of the access point itself.
The UniFi AC Lite access point comes with the standard quick start guide, a product brochure, 24V PoE injector, power cable for the PoE injector, a ceiling mounting kit with some mounting screws peeking out at the bottom right of box.
The EdgeRouter-X on the other hand came in a tiny flip-up box.
Popping the box open reveals the even tinier EdgeRouter-X which comes with a quick start menu and a 12V power adapter.
The Physical Setup
Hooking up the EdgeRouter-X to the UniFi AC Lite access point is very straightforward.
Unfortunately I don’t have Microsoft Visio to draw you a nice network diagram of my deployment so I have taken a screenshot from the EdgeRouter-X Datasheet showing roughly how my devices are connected with the exception of interface eth1.
I have reserved interface eth1 as a management interface of sorts just in case I accidentally lock myself out after doing some configuration changes, something which I have done numerous times when configuring the EdgeRouter-X
After 5 days of configuring the EdgeRouter-X and UniFi AC Lite and finally deploying it, the first thing that I did was to run multiple speed tests.
In the results below, it is very obvious which results belong to my old TP-Link TD-W8970 and which belongs to the EdgeRouter-X/UniFi AC Lite combo.
My home is Fiber-to-the-Premises (lucky me!) and I am on the NBN50 plan with Exetel. I was previously with iiNet but switched to Exetel because NBN plans offered by Exetel was cheaper.
As you can see that with the TP-Link TD-W8970 I was only getting half of what I’ve paid for but as soon as I swapped over to Ubiquiti, speeds was averaging around 45Mbps Download and 18Mbps Upload.
Do note that the speed test results you see is a mix of wired and wireless.
Performing the speed test with my PC directly connected to the EdgeRouter-X I get around 47Mbps while the speed I get on wireless is around 44Mbps.
It’s hard for me to comment about hooking up a enterprise-grade network device to other types of NBN deployment (FTTC, HFC etc…) but sometimes the terrible speeds that you are getting with your ISP could just boil down to the network device that you have.
Hopefully my post showed you that you don’t need to have a big budget to own enterprise-grade network devices for home use and also convince you to make the move like I did.
If you do come across my site while doing a Google search, do leave a comment and let me know if my post was of help or your experience with enterprise-grade network device hooked up to a different NBN deployment.