the Peplink line exposes a ton of information by comparison
Yes, that’s true. My issue isn’t with how much information I can access, per say, but with how much information I can control. If the Peplink software won’t allow me to control what is being collected I would like to be able to control the retention policy. I can’t find a way to (a) control logging on the front-end or (b) control retention on the back end. The router defaults to collecting, basically, everything and stores it indefinitely.
I didn’t confirm your statements about the dynamic information getting tossed during a reboot, nor have I taken the time to pick through the software to figure out everything the Peplink is doing. I just noticed a few things (mentioned previously) right away that weren’t configurable that struck me as odd omissions considering how simple they are; there are likely more, but I don’t have time to test in more detail right now.
the stuff that is kept through a reboot is the stuff I have configured - I wouldn’t want that to disappear.
I don’t want my configured settings to disappear, either, for obvious reasons. My point is the Peplink doesn’t let me configure settings that I expected to have access to. It has defaults that are set in cement.
I am curious as to what brand of routers you had before.
It’s present tense, but I usually use a flavor of WRT and whatever hardware is most cost-effective for the application. The GUI is a cluttered nightmare for new users, but I’m handy with it and, among other things, I can clear or save the logs without having to reset the router