The latest addition to the EdgeMAX family, the EdgeRouter provides higher performance (over 2M packets per second), hardware switching and powerful EdgeOS software. The EdgeRouter is rack mountable and has 8 ethernet ports (EdgeRouter) or 6 Ethernet ports and 2 SFP ports (EdgeRouter Pro).
Direct Traffic Flow:
• Interfaces: Each Gigabit port functions as an independent interface. You can also configure Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) interfaces to meet your network segmentation requirements.
• Routing: Configure static routes and dynamic routing protocols to effectively manage the routes used by the EdgeRouter.
Secure Your Network:
• Firewall Policies: Organize the rules you apply in the order you specify.
• Firewall Groups: Apply the policies to groups filtered by IP address, network address, or port number.
• NAT Rules: The EdgeRouter Lite changes packet addressing based on your customized source and destination NAT rules.
Manage Your Network:
• DHCP Server: Set up multiple DHCP servers to assign IP ranges in different subnets on the different interfaces. Easily control dynamic and static IP addressing for your network devices.
• Monitoring Tools: Conveniently track network activity and devices from tools such as Ping, Trace, Discover, Packet Capture, and Log Monitor.
• User Accounts: Manage access to the EdgeRouter Lite using unique administrator and operator accounts.
• CPU: Dual-Core 800 MHz, MIPS64 with Hardware Acceleration for Packet Processing
• Memory: 2 GB DDR3 RAM
• Storage: 4 GB
• Console: 1 RJ-45 serial console port
• Power supply: 110 - 240VAC
•(8) Gigabit Ethernet Ports
• Hardware-accelerated routing (Layer-3 base forwarding): 2,000,000 pps for 64-byte packets
• 8 Gbps for packets 512 bytes or larger in size
• Built-in hardware switch allows line-rate layer-2 switching
• Suitable for Service Provider and Enterprise deployments with support for OSPF, IPv6, Firewall, NAT, VPN, DHCP, and more
• (1) ER-8 EdgeRouter
• (1) 24Vdc Power Adapter
Posted by David on 2nd Jul 2015
Great product. Easy setup
Posted by Peter on 2nd Jan 2015
The ER-8 is a great little router providing Enterprise level functionality but at a price for a small home or office.
The positives are high performance with a good user interface. The router is based on a Linux distribution so you can log in and manipulate the internals as needed.
The documentation covers all the screens in the UI, but is quite terse. Fortunately there are good FAQs and a knowledge base on the support site. The manual needs much further work, including a theory of operations as well as better overviews for each major section. That is why I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars.
Note that the ports can be bridged to one another, but don't otherwise function like a switch. You will probably want a separate switch for each LAN segment.
Also be sure to update to the latest firmware early on as quite a bit of functionality has been added since 1.3, which is what my version shipped with.
Posted by runlevel6 on 1st Apr 2014
Our enterprise is now fully Vyatta / EdgeOS based routing. The HQ runs Vyatta (now Brocade) on a 16 port Dell R710 server and other offices were outfitted with old reclaimed 1U servers running Vyatta (which was overkill...but free)...
The bottom line is that this router really fits a niche and you need to think of it in a business perspective:
You will read in other reviews on other sites about the lack of ability to configure ALL features you need through the GUI...It is completely true that the GUI is not going to do everything you need it to do (if you have complex configurations)...but this is Vyatta...in other words: The Command Line is not like looking at some Cisco-esque jibberrish which is meaningless to someone that has not been through Cisco Academy...It's Vyatta! The configurations are intuitive to read and programming is easy to learn...Furthermore, Vyatta has done an excellent job with documentation and examples, and the forums are helpful.
It has proven so easy to learn and reliable I had no issues moving away from Cisco...If you have any background in networking, subnetting, layer 3 protocols, tunneling, etc. you should not have any problem learning these things.
I'm just sayin...enterprise class functionality for a SOHO price.