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Currently I am running a Pakedge RK-1 router (took down the Mikrotik for OVrC),  my core switch is a Pakedge S24P8 switch (8 standard PoE powered outputs) and a Pakedge SX8P child PoE+ switch and  Ruckus R710 APs x3.  Zero issues.  Great network.  

Unfortunately, I have run out of Ethernet ports.  

Here’s what I have available:

Current Araknis 48 port PoE+ switch 

Pakedge SX24P PoE+ switch 

Current Araknis 310 Router

All I can eat Araknis APs. 810/510


Need More Ethernet Ports. Need More Power. I do like OVrC. I need Rack Space. Current Router and Ruckus R710 APs have been solid & glorious.  

I am leaning toward running the single 48 Port Araknis PoE switch with the Pakedge Router and Araknis APs.  But I’ll miss the reliability of Ruckus APs, yet gain OVrC for entire network.  I’ve already sacrificed my Mikeotik Router to OVrC.  I see it as a tough call, any advice…?  

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Yeah - so the allure of OvRC is hard to resist.  

@lippavisualfunny stuff, but you’re the guru here.  I spent months reading (and watching YouTube videos) of Mikrotik routerboard features, setup & management before I took the plunge and then I just kept upgrading, just because I could. At first,  Mikrotik seemed intimidating, but in the end really simple, stable and powerful routers.  A nerds dream Router.  AND dirt cheap.  Haven’t considered their switches etc.  

@OceanDad@lippavisualPretty much the same with Ruckus APs.  (on Unleashed).  Almost too easy to improve any network nearly two-fold in 10 mins.  So much so that I spec ONLY Ruckus now.  Personally, I have 3 R710’s (in retrospect, probably 1 would have been enough for my entire home).  I haven’t upgraded them because they work better than any APs I’ve ever used even though they are last generation, only missing wifi6. Don’t need it for any reason I can imagine. And the Unleashed monitoring & remote management is almost too simple.  I guess I always like single interface solutions. But the compromise here may be too much. 

Since I posted, I’ve had 3 PMs asking what I wanted for the Ruckus.  Lol 

So this in the end is all about OVrC.  It is tempting.  I run it on my offices and it’s really nice to be able to monitor/manage/troubleshoot remotely so visually and simply.  

Certain companies do things better than anyone else, gold standard types.  Mikrotik Routers, Ruckus APs & AVPro anything come to mind.  And here I am trying to dump 2 of the 3 for OVrC. I didn’t think through this.  Lol.  



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Nothing at all against Araknis, and I understand the convenience of OVRC from a business perspective very well - but for your own system if you HAVE a running Ruckus setup, I also can't grasp why you'd want to change it out. OVRC is nice, but hardly world changing.


Now if you feel you need OVRC to deal with issues at the house because it is needed often, you may want to look at the why vs implementing a work-around to keep it going....

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On 7/18/2021 at 11:22 PM, OceanDad said:

You'd have to tear my Ruckus WAP's from my cold dead fingers.  The rest is just detail.

I couldn't agree more.  I don't believe OVRc is worth it to swap out the Ruckus.  We have been using Ruckus for almost 10 years now, it's in hundred's of homes.  In all that time, I believe I had to VPN into two customer homes to do a power cycle.  They are just bullet proof.  Not worth OVRc


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