Originally Posted by trab37
This is what I was aiming at, though it doesn't necessarily need to be a huge house or huge Crestron system to benefit from commercial equipment. My house is 3,000 sq. ft., I don't consider that to be huge, but I have installed a decent sized automation system and the fios router won't handle it. Pakedge and Luxul aren't terribly expensive and they will get the job done. It's pretty rare that an expensive Cisco, Dell or HP switch is required. I agree about the ASUS gear, I like all their stuff. I have a client using the RT-AC68U and it works really well, he has one as a router and two more as access points. I would still, as a rule, bypass an ISP router. Like I said, this isn't universal, just good practice, to each his own.
You're talking about two different things here. You can't say that all consumer gear is junk just because the FIOS router is a POS. I completely agree with not using ISP routers. It's easy on cable, since the default is a separate modem and router. It's a little harder on FIOS, and DSLReports has a good guide on all the configuration options. Ideally, you run CAT-6 from the ONT to the router location, and another CAT-6 back to the network core (if in a different location from the router) and avoid the FIOS router entirely. If you have TiVos, you don't even need to bridge over to MoCA, but you will if you're using their crappy STBs. Yeah, that's another one, don't use cable company STBs, as they also suck. With U-Verse you're stuck with AT&T's crappy router and STBs, but most advanced users wouldn't be using U-Verse in the first place...
Even a large house with a fairly large network with several dozen devices and 75/35 FIOS service and a whole bunch of heavy users should be just fine with an ASUS RT-N68U. I think the harder part is Wifi APs, as there is no good consumer-friendly system out there for doing whole-house coverage with multiple APs on a wired backbone and AP roaming, and the 5ghz signals don't carry very far.
Originally Posted by trab37
I would imagine any switch that supports VLAN/QoS would work for this, I have just found it easier to keep them separate and I agree that U-Verse is a crappy service, not the worst but not far from it. I have run into limitations with them when watching HD from more than 4 cable boxes at once, it basically hijacked one of the other boxes. I tried to talk the client out of having 8 cable boxes since they were all in a centralized rack, but no dice.
Yes, in theory. They strongly recommend the Netgear switches for an Ethernet installation though, since they are known to work. Yeah, U-Verse is a crippled system from the start. Not only is the internet slow, but the picture quality is pretty bad, and you can't own your own gear like with cable or FIOS. And then there's the 4 channel limit. I only have 4 tuners, but I like the fact that I could add 4 or 6 more whenever I want by buying another TiVo, up to 60 total tuners. The one redeeming value is the incredible HD channel selection since their extremely limited last-mile bandwidth doesn't have any practical limit for the number of total channels...
Originally Posted by FX4
This is good advice all around. I agree with you on most points here.