@jaredbusch said in Purchase options for a small non profit 25 staff:
Without QoS, the ERL can do nearly gigabit routing.
Almost all gigabit home routers can do that. It's because simple routing is hardware accelerated to a high degree.
But as soon as you need to do a little more with the traffic then it can't be hardware off-loaded, it has to be processed by the CPU and go the trough the entire ip stack in the CPU. And that's why a few options here and there can make such a dramatic difference on the throughput.
The ER-X for instance has a dual core 880 Mhz (0.8GHz) MIPS CPU.
You can see that it is very commonly used by asus, d-link, linksys, netgear etc in things like routers and APs. https://wikidevi.com/wiki/MediaTek_MT7621
In raw power that's like a decent smartphone from 2010.
If you look at more powerful routers and firewalls you'll find intel cpus with hardware accelerators doing the job. That way the cpu has the brute force to process a lot of packets but things that can be offloaded will be handed to the hardware accelerators.