Our old Linksys router started acting up with randomly dropping connections and just plain. I did my some research because I knew there had to be something more stable than this one. It was always pretty unstable. Really, most of the ones we’ve had used not really been that great since the early Linksys one.
I came across a forum post about Mikrotik, so I looked into it. Seemed to be not all that user-friendly, but I love learning new things. It had a quick setup which made it pretty easy to get going out of the box and once it was, we never had any dropped connection like we did in the past. It covered the whole house well, not to mention the front porch, where we were starting to spend more time when it got nicer out.
Over time, I learned some more about networking and fiddled around with the settings and what not in winbox and was pleased with it. It always worked and has been 100% reliable in the year or so we’ve used it. The only times it didn’t work is when I fucked something up, keep in mind I learn by doing and experimenting. The RB2011 is not something you should get if you want a pretty quickly that does everything for you, but winbox and webfig are pretty nice. Just not dumbed down like consumer grade stuff. Winbox runs just fine in wine, so that’s a plus. Sure winbox is a bit more complex than I was used to but it’s clean and easy enough to look up the information you need to know
This is a very solid network device. The only time there’s ever no connection is when it’s rebooting or if the power goes out.
Updates - did I mention it receives regular software updates? That’s a rarity with anything these days. Companies care that you buy it then no longer care to keep the product secure and functional. Unlike most other electronic devices, I haven’t noticed any degradation in performance with the software updates either