Firewalla Gold and Bridge mode.

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    Michael Bierman

    In terms of recommendations, it really is best to start by deciding what your requirements are.

    Do you want VLANs now or in the future?  https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/4408644783123-Building-Network-Segments? This allows you to separate work and personal devices, IoT devices, Guests, etc.

    How "geeky" do you want to be? Do you want a lot of bells and whistles, or do you want a "set and forget" kind of situation.

    What speeds do you need/want?

    Do you want the option of wireless/wired backhaul to connect the APs? Wired is always better when possible, but sometimes wiring is expensive or impossible.

    A few brands that come up often from discussions:

    • Aruba
    • eero
    • Orbi/Orbi Pro
    • Omada
    • Unifi

    Oribi Pro, Omada, and Unifi all offer VLANs. Orbi Pro is a bit simpler to set up but isn't as feature rich.

    There are lots of great discussions in the Firewalla groups on Reddit and Facebook as well as here.

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    John Shepherd

    Thank you very much for the excellent details! I went with TP Link Deco AX3000. My network is me and my wife and our multiple devices so I'm not needy regarding bells n whistles. I appreciate your willingness to help.

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