So after having a bad experience with my personal internet service and Peplink (all on the ATT side), I decided to see if the PepLink 20 would work for the small business that I work for – 25 people (+ devices), mostly wireless via AP’s deployed around the office, all “office” traffic (customer facing stuff is cloud hosted).
After 20 mins on the phone with my two upstream providers, The good news is that so far the PepLink 20 is working great.
I’m nervous tho… what am I missing and/or what will bite me in the a$$ using Peplink’s low range offering?
The comparison chart http://www.peplink.com/products/balance/model-comparison/ ] point out the following between the PepLink 20 and the midrange 200-300 range models.
- 2 WAN vs 3 WAN – im ok with two
- Recommended users: 1-25 vs 1-50 – there’s no explanation for this … cpu load? something else? is the suggestion of 25 users based on DHCP connections? (my 25 users have 2-3 devices each) or 25 active bandwidth channels? How do I benchmark if Im stressing the poor peplink?
- Router thruput: 100Mbps vs 200Mbps – our upstreams are “fast residential” 10Mbps and 25Mbps, so not an issue? faster inter-lan traffic (time machine backups, LAN file transfers) never makes it passed the smart switch or up to the peplink
- load balancing algo – 5 vs 7 : ok, it might be nice to have the other two as options. But all im using now is HTTS_persistence and the stealth “lowest latency” that’s offered as a auto-default
- Drop In mode – not relevant?
- inbound load – no inbound traffic initiated from outside at all
- SpeedFusion – might be nice, not a requirement at the moment
- VPN - not a requirement
- PepWave features - not needed, we have our own APs
- QOS - not segmenting user-group traffic at all
So on a feature basis, I think we have the right device. Am I missing something / asking for trouble by having our entire office managed by the meager/mighty PepLink 20?