Which router should I buy? 

This article was updated on 2022-12-30

This might be the most asked question we get, and the answer is: it depends on what you want to do with it, and on your skill level :-)

Below we list a few typical requirements we hear from customers.

I want a reliable router for home and don't plan on using advanced features!

Often we get this type of customer - someone who is super tired of rebooting their Asus or D-link router every day. If you are one of these users, we suggest getting RUTX11 router. 

RUTX11 is an industrial "all in one" device, combining the function of a Router, Switch, Mobile LTE gateway, and a dual-band WiFi access point. This is a rugged, industrial alternative to consumer routers. It's intended for customers that want a router that "just works" as a drop-in replacement for a "home router".

RUTX11 comes with a RutOS operating system based on OpenWRT. While OpenWRT is fully open source, RutOS comes with a pleasant web interface that is easy to use but is not open source. 

 

 

RUTX11

RUTX11 all-in-one: Router, Switch, dual-band WiFi Access Point, 4G gateway.

TekLager RUTX11 all in one router

2,800 SEK

(3,500 incl. SE 25% VAT)
2,800 SEK 2099-01-01

 

I want a reliable and fully open-source router with WiFi

If you don't like that RUTX11 is not fully open-source, we have an alternative based on APU2 hardware and OpenWRT operating system. This is a more expensive alternative to RUTX11, but it's fully open-source and a little more performant. The administrative panel for OpenWRT is not as polished as RutOS, but it's just as functional. 

APU2E5 router has 4GB of RAM, 3x 1Gbps LAN ports and, 16GB SSD. It allows you to connect two WiFi cards for simultaneous dual-band WiFi. We usually recommend buying wle200nx for 2.4Ghz 802.11n and wle600vx for 5Ghz 802.11ac. If you buy these parts together, we will assemble the hardware and configure the OS for you. 

 

APU2E5_ROUTER

APU2E5: 3x Gigabit LAN, Quad Core CPU, 16GB SSD, 4GB RAM

TekLager PC Engines APU2E5 is a state of the art router / firewall for office or home. Ships pre-configured, optimized and ready to use. Compatible with pfSense, IPFire, OPNSense and others.

2,596 SEK

(3,245 incl. SE 25% VAT)
2,596 SEK 2099-01-01


 

WLE_200NX_WIFI_KIT

wle200nx wireless WiFi kit

TekLager Compex wle200nx wireless WiFi kit for routers. Qualcomm Atheros AR9280. Works well with pfSense

384 SEK

(480 incl. SE 25% VAT)
384 SEK 2099-01-01
WLE_600VX_WIFI_KIT

wle600vx wireless WiFi kit

TekLager wle600vx wireless WiFi kit for routers.

540 SEK

(675 incl. SE 25% VAT)
540 SEK 2099-01-01

I want to run pfSense or OPNSense. 

Some operating systems (pfSense, OPNSense) don't have good WiFi drivers; therefore, if you want to use one of these systems, we recommend having an external WiFi access point. "Ubiquiti HD" is one good recommendation. You can also turn your old home router into Access Point and connect it to the new router.

We have several recommendations for pfSense or OPNSense router hardware, depending on the network throughput you expect and what additional software packages you plan to install. 

We start our recommendations with APU2APU4 and APU6 routers that can achieve 550Mbps throughput with one connection and full 1Gbps when utilizing multiple connections. This is the most popular router we sell. It's performant enough for most users, and it's rock solid. 

APU routers achieve about 100Mbps OpenVPN throughput and about 500Mbps Wireguard VPN. 

One step up is TLSense J4125v3 with 5x 2.5Gbps network interfaces. This model has a more performant CPU and can achieve a full 2.5Gbps throughput when using one or many connections. VPN throughput is also significantly higher. 

The next level up is the full-size TLSense 10210U router with 6x 2.5Gbps ports and the 10th generation of Intel Core CPU. It allows for up to 1TB of storage and 64GB of RAM making it a great platform for running multiple VMs using Proxmox or VMWare. This model is also great for customers that want to install IPS/IDS or other CPU-demanding software packages. 

At the very top, we have 10Gbps hardware - the fanless TLSense D2123IT with 4x 10Gbps network interfaces and the actively cooled TLSense 1U rack server with multiple 10Gbps interfaces. 

 


 

APU4D4_ROUTER

APU4D4: 4x Gigabit LAN, Quad Core CPU, 16GB SSD, 4GB RAM

TekLager APU4D4 Router/Firewall. 4x Gigabit NIC, Quad-Core CPU, 16GB SSD, 4GB RAM. Compatible with pfSense, IPFire, OPNSEnse and others.

2,760 SEK

(3,450 incl. SE 25% VAT)
2,760 SEK 2099-01-01
TLSENSE_J4125V3

TLSense J4125v3: 5x 2.5Gbit LAN, J4125 CPU, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD

TekLager TLSense J4125 v3: 5x 2.5Gbit LAN, J4125 CPU

3,183 SEK

(3,978.75 incl. SE 25% VAT)
3,183 SEK 2099-01-01
TLSENSE-10210U

TLSense 10210U: 6x 2.5Gbps LAN, 10th gen i5 CPU, 512GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM

TekLager TLSense 10210U: 6x 2.5Gbps LAN, 10th gen i5 CPU,

7,490 SEK

(9,362.5 incl. SE 25% VAT)
7,490 SEK 2099-01-01
TL-D2123IT

TLSense D2123IT: 4x 10Gbit, 4x 1Gbit, Xeon D-2123IT, 32GB RAM

TekLager TLsense D2123IT: 4x 10Gbit, 4x 1Gbit, Xeon D-2123IT, 32GB RAM

19,744 SEK

(24,680 incl. SE 25% VAT)
19,744 SEK 2099-01-01

 

I want to use LTE/4G or 5G in my router

For customers that would like to have WAN over the cellular network (LTE, 4G), you have three options:

  • Get RUTX11 or RUTX12 and use this hardware as either "All in one" router or just as an LTE gateway that is connected to your main pfSense/OPNSense router.
  • Get TRB140 LTE gateway and connect it to your main router. This is a good solution for a failover. It's not very fast, but it's cheap and reliable. If you need higher throughput consider RUTX11 or RUTX12.
  • Get a mPCIe LTE modem and install it in your router (only some models are compatible) - performance depends on the operating system you choose. pfSense/OPNSense: ~15Mbit/s. OpenWRT: ~100Mbit/s

For customers that need 5G, we have 2 options:

  • Get RUTX50 and use this hardware as either "All in one" router. It has a powerful 5G capabilities, WiFi access point, and 4 port switch.
  • Get TRB500 5G internet gateway and connect it to your main router. 


 

TRB140

TRB140 mobile LTE internet gateway/modem

TekLager TRB140 mobile LTE internet gateway/modem.

952 SEK

(1,190 incl. SE 25% VAT)
952 SEK 2099-01-01
RUTX11

RUTX11 all-in-one: Router, Switch, dual-band WiFi Access Point, 4G gateway.

TekLager RUTX11 all in one router

2,800 SEK

(3,500 incl. SE 25% VAT)
2,800 SEK 2099-01-01
RUTX12

RUTX12 all-in-one: Router, Switch, dual-band WiFi Access Point, two 4G modems

TekLager RUTX12 all in one router

3,740 SEK

(4,675 incl. SE 25% VAT)
3,740 SEK 2099-01-01
SIM7600G-H

Simcom SIM7600G-H LTE kit

TekLager Simcom SIM7600G-H LTE kit

860 SEK

(1,075 incl. SE 25% VAT)
860 SEK 2099-01-01

I need a high throughput over VPN and/or IDS

See the hardware benchmark to understand the performance differences between models offered in the webshop.

TLSense series of routers target clients requiring the highest routing throughput, lowest latency, and highest VPN performance.

The full-size TLSense routers with Intel Core CPUs are more powerful and can handle higher VPN throughput and more CPU-demanding applications such as Snort, Suricata, or Sensei. See the to determine which model best suits your needs.

TLSENSE-10210U

TLSense 10210U: 6x 2.5Gbps LAN, 10th gen i5 CPU, 512GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM

TekLager TLSense 10210U: 6x 2.5Gbps LAN, 10th gen i5 CPU,

7,490 SEK

(9,362.5 incl. SE 25% VAT)
7,490 SEK 2099-01-01
TL-D2123IT

TLSense D2123IT: 4x 10Gbit, 4x 1Gbit, Xeon D-2123IT, 32GB RAM

TekLager TLsense D2123IT: 4x 10Gbit, 4x 1Gbit, Xeon D-2123IT, 32GB RAM

19,744 SEK

(24,680 incl. SE 25% VAT)
19,744 SEK 2099-01-01
TLSENSE-i7-8550U

TLSense 8550U: 6x Gigabit LAN, 8th gen i7 CPU, 128GB SSD, 16GB RAM

TekLager TLSense 8550U: 6x Gigabit LAN, 8th gen i7 CPU, 128GB SSD, 16GB RAM

6,920 SEK

(8,650 incl. SE 25% VAT)
6,920 SEK 2099-01-01
TL-D2123IT

TLSense D2123IT: 4x 10Gbit, 4x 1Gbit, Xeon D-2123IT, 32GB RAM

TekLager TLsense D2123IT: 4x 10Gbit, 4x 1Gbit, Xeon D-2123IT, 32GB RAM

19,744 SEK

(24,680 incl. SE 25% VAT)
19,744 SEK 2099-01-01

 

I want something special

If you need something that is currently not in the webshop, please contact us - we may be able to help you.