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OpenWRT Routers

GL-Inet AR150 (~$25 GL-Inet)

  • AR9331 Chipset (?)
  • 550MHz MIPS-24, 64MB RAM, 8MB Flash
  • 1x1 2.4GHz 802.11n (150Mbps)
  • 2-port 10/100 (1xWAN+1xLAN)
  • product page
  • openwrt wiki

TP-Link WR841N (~£18 amazon)

  • QCA9533 Chipset (2014)
  • 550MHz MIPS-74, 32MB RAM, only 4MB Flash
  • 2x2 2.4GHz 802.11n (300Mbps)
  • 5-port 10/100 Switch (WAN+4xLAN)
  • openwrt wiki

TP-Link WR842ND (~£25)

  • AR9341 Chipset (2011)
  • 535MHz MIPS-74, 32MB RAM, 8MB Flash
  • 2x2 2.4GHz 802.11n (300Mbps)
  • 5-port 10/100 Switch (WAN+4xLAN)
  • openwrt wiki

TP-Link WR1043ND (~£35 amazon)

  • QCA9558 Chipset (2013)
  • 720MHz MIPS-74, 64MB RAM, 8MB Flash
  • 3x3 2.4GHz 802.11n (450Mbps)
  • 5-port Gigabit Switch (WAN+4xLAN)
  • openwrt wiki

TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 (~£50 amazon)

  • AR9344 Chipset (2011)
  • 560MHz MIPS-74, 128MB RAM, 8MB Flash
  • 2x2 2.4GHz 802.11n (300Mbps)
  • 2x2 5GHz 802.11n (300Mbps) (ath9k)
  • 5-port Gigabit Switch (WAN+4xLAN)
  • openwrt wiki

TP-Link Archer C7 V2 (~£80 amazon)

  • QCA9558 Chipset (2013) + QCA9880-BR1A PCI-E Card (2013)
  • 720MHz MIPS-74, 128MB RAM, 16MB Flash
  • 3x3 2.4GHz 802.11n (450Mbps)
    • Internal Inverted-F Antennas
  • 3x3 5GHz 802.11n/ac (450Mbps/1300Mbps) (ath10k)
    • External 5dBi Antennas
  • 5-port Gigabit Switch (WAN+4xLAN)
  • openwrt wiki
    • Note: 5GHz on the V1 is not openwrt compatible

Future OpenWRT Support

TP-Link Archer C2600 (~£160 broadbandbuyer)

  • IPQ8064 + QCA9980 PCI-E Card (2015)
  • 2x 1.4GHz Krait, 256MB RAM, 128MB Flash
  • 4x4 2.4GHz 802.11gn (600Mbps)
  • 4x4 5GHz 802.11n/ac (1750Mbps)
    • 3x MU-MIMO
  • 5-port Gigabit Switch (WAN+4xLAN)
  • wikidevi

Access Points

TP-Link WA-901ND (~£30 amazon)

  • AR9341 Chipset (2011)
  • 535MHz MIPS-74, 32MB RAM, only 4MB Flash
  • 3x3 2.4GHz 802.11n (450Mbps)
  • 1-port 10/100, Passive PoE
  • openwrt wiki

Ubiquiti UniFi AC Pro (~£110 senetic)

  • Gigabit, PoE, 3x3 802.11n + 3x3 802.11ac, band steering, VLAN capable
  • product page
  • Not Openwrt compatible

Switches

Netgear GS108 (~£30 amazon)

  • 8-port Gigabit Unmanaged

Netgear GS108T (~£50 amazon)

  • 8-port Gigabit 'Smart'
  • Slow web interface

TP-Link JetStream SG3424 (~£145 amazon)

Note: TP-Link unmanaged switches have been known to strip VLAN headers, and other weird things. The JetStream series however are acquired IP and appear decent.

Ubiquiti Edgeswitch 24 Lite (~£160 senetic)

  • 24-port Gigabit L2 Managed (+L3 Routing)
  • Highly recommended Web Interface
  • product page
  • 250W/500W PoE Versions available (eg. 250W ~£300 senetic)

Event Wifi Setup

  • 1x pfsense router
    • Barebones Shuttle PC - 1.5GHz Dual Core, 2x Intel Gigabit LAN, 19V PSU, Fanless
    • RAM
    • Disk
  • 1x Netgear GS108T
  • Nx Access Points
    • TL-WDR3600
      • OpenWRT, configured as Access Points
      • Need to balance clients between APs (monitor and adjust relative power to nudge clients)
    • Ubiquiti Unifi AC
      • Controller SW can run on pfsense router