The Balance 310 is targeted for small businesses according to http://www.peplink.com/products/balance/model-comparison/
After having spend a little below 900 euros for a Balance 310, an upgrade price of 400 euros (> 45% of purchase price) is quite steep, especially for a small mum-and-dad shop.
I wish a lower priced firmware upgrade possibility for Balance 310 devices.
What does and doesn’t that small business need from the Balance 310?
- Ethernet WAN Ports: 3 (yes, most of the times 2 ports are active and only during link migrations the 3th port is active for a few weeks)
- Drop-In Mode: no
- Inbound Load Balancing: yes (this is the main reason to use a Peplink Balance)
- PepVPN/SpeedFusion: no
- DDNS: yes (as a part of the inbound load balancing)
- Inbound port 53 UDP fallback: yes (some access providers/WAN links silently start blocking inbound port 53 traffic)
Note: a new top-of-the-bill Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Pro with 2 million x 64 byte packet (=1Gbps) routing capability costs less then a Peplink firmware upgrade.