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  1. @BraydonH thanks for your reply. Great insight. Sounds like you’re a dealer? Does Pakedge have a way for customers to monitor their networks remotely like the Unifi app? I am a tinkerer myself with a network background. I’ve got all Unifi gear (USG, AP HD’s, switches) and multiple vlans setup both on my main and room switches, fw rules, IPS/IDS, etc. My normal av dealer will setup C4 for me next year so I’m just investigating whether it’s worthwhile leaving Unifi for Pakedge. I really do like the ease of managing a Unifi network and especially like the IPS/IDS functionality. I like that fact that it notifies me when it detects malware/ransomware signatures in my network. From what I’ve read, the RK-1 doesn’t have IPS/IDS capabilities. I am intrigued by the whole ‘zones’ concept as an easy way to do vlans. At this point, I’m thinking I may stay with Unifi for my main network devices and just use Pakedge switches in the rooms. I like that the ports are rear facing so not visible. Unfortunately, I’ll lose visibility of that switch and connected devices but... Definitely, the price for Pakedge is steep. The RK-1 is $1000 AUD! The Unifi usg pro for comparison is about $460 AUD.
  2. I have a Unifi network and see similar speeds but it’s because I have IPS/IDS enabled on my USG. I suspect for me there is also some inter vlan routing issue as I can get 500mb+ on my Management vlan but less on my user vlan i use AP HD’s
  3. Does the RK1 have IPS/IDS capability or only a firewall? From what I’ve read, it only has a fw. I really like the IPS functionality of the Unifi USG so want to use that. Do you think I could connect an RK1 to a Unifi USG? Searching the Internet, vlans in Pakedge gear doesn’t look popular. Most put all the gear in one big subnet. Is this due to dealers lacking expertise in setting up and supporting vlans/zones? My local C4 dealer only sells unmanaged switches but I have rooms with devices in multiple vlans so want the separation. Or do they just do zones on an RK1 and the unmanaged switches just belong to one vlan each for simplicity?
  4. Does Pakedge have a centralised dashboard like Unifi has to provide a view of all managed network devices or is that only in BakPak? if I go down the route of replacing my gear, I’d be looking at an RK as a main router, unmanaged switches in the rooms and one or two wireless routers. Also want one managed switch because in one room I have devices on different vlans.
  5. Are you sure? I did a test and when playing music through the Spotify app on my phone, I do experience dropouts. When playing music from the Sonos app instead, it’s fine. That being the case, I assumed the first was streaming from my phone whereas the second was streaming from Sonos. Doesn’t that sound right?
  6. End users/customers can’t use Bakpak? I would have though that if you configured it yourself you could use all the features? What other features aren’t available to end users?
  7. Great to hear! Do you have a dealer that also has access?
  8. I’m an end user, not a dealer. Can I self manage the newly work myself or at least have access alongside my dealer? I come from a network background so know what I’m doing and have been managing my Unifi network for years now. Unifi has a great USG (Security Gateway) that offers IPS/IDS, firewall, DPI etc. Do Pakedge have a security device as well? Edit: A bit more investigation and it looks like it will be able to self manage a Pakedge network myself
  9. Hi All, Looking for user feedback on Pakedge network devices. Haven’t found much online. Current using Unifi but at a point where I want to either upgrade my Unifi gear or move to something else like Pakedge. What functionality will I lose? Does Pakedge offer ssm like Unifi? Does it have IPS/IDS capabilities? Thanks
  10. Hi All, Considering getting C4 mainly for security but thinking about adding Spotify as well now. I currently use Spotify through Sonos and have 2 zones setup. Recently started experiencing issues where the music pauses for a few seconds and then resumes. I read somewhere that this could be because the music is being streamed from my phone to Sonos so it’s a buffering effect. If I did Spotify through C4 (replaces Sonos), I’m guessing it would address the problem if I imitated Spotify from C4 as it would stream the music via the wired connection. Could I still use my phone to play Spotify music? If so, would it suffer the same buffering type issue and occasionally pause the music? Thanks
  11. Hi All, Considering getting C4 mainly for security but thinking about adding Spotify as well now. I currently use Spotify through Sonos and have 2 zones setup. Recently started experiencing issues where the music pauses for a few seconds and then resumes. I read somewhere that this could be because the music is being streamed from my phone to Sonos so it’s a buffering effect. If I did Spotify through C4 (replaces Sonos), I’m guessing it would address the problem if I imitated Spotify from C4 as it would stream the music via the wired connection. Could I still use my phone to play Spotify music? If so, would it suffer the same buffering type issue and occasionally pause the music? Thanks
  12. Hi all, considering getting a C4 system installed but one concern is around network security. I would get the C4 system installed by the same company that installed my Unifi AP’s. Even when they did the AP’s I blocked them out (changed usernames/passwords, implemented firewall rules, vlans, etc). I’m guessing the C4 dealer would only need access to their gear so I put them all on an iot vlan and secure that, is that sufficient?
  13. Just want to clarify too, what is actually configurable by a customer? I thought most had to be done by the dealer but the previous post shows the DS2 Config. So is that able to be configured to my liking?
  14. Ok, cool. Thanks for confirming. Looks like I can’t consolidate tablets after all. Well, at least I know now.
  15. Anyone have experience with the C4 wireless pucks that sit in the wall behind existing switches? Curious on responsiveness.
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