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asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

I want to run my home wi-fi network off a Linux box and I also want my access point to have at least theoretical potential to saturate my 1Gbps internet connection, which I think means 802.11ac. What wireless hardware should I get? It could be a dedicated router device in the spirit of the good 'ol WRT-54G, as long as I can build my own firmware image for it, but I think I'd probably rather use a small desktop PC or something which I can run fairly stock Linux on.

asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@jamey I think Turris products are similar to what you are looking for.
turris.cz/en/

asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@cagatayy I'd love to support an open hardware product like that one! The Turris Omnia didn't fare very well in the speed tests someone else has pointed me at, though; it's apparently pretty far from my gigabit goal: pad.gresille.org/p/wbmv12-wg 😞

asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@jamey please subscribe me to this thread!

asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@RAOF yeah, I'm getting amazing recommendations!

asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@jamey Consider separating routing and switching.

I can recommend the Aruba IAPs (I have the IAP-205s) for WiFi, then you can run the router on whatever box you want with two gig NICs, and grab a dumb or semismart switch to get ports.

asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@nat I like this suggestion—putting together a computer that does a very good job of gigabit routing isn't as much of a challenge these days as picking good Wi-Fi cards—but then I have to understand the many variations in the product lines from Aruba or Ubiquiti, which is a different hard problem 😅

re: asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@jamey I picked the IAP-205s because they do 11ac, and you don't need a controller. The first one becomes the controller, and autodiscovers and autodeploys any additional ones.

I needed multiple APs to cover my house, so these fit the bill perfectly, especially as they are PoE powered and available for £30 on eBay.

I'm personally using a Mikrotik Hex PoE for routing and to power the APs.

Network Diagram: drive.google.com/file/d/1dEG5I

I may have gone overboard...

re: asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@nat I'm still trying to research my options, but thanks for pointing me at the Aruba Instant AP products! The software manual made for interesting reading, and I think I'm going to give one of those a shot. Still trying to decide what to use for the router portion; I like the looks of the pcengines.ch APU2 fanless systems, but I'm not sure if I'll want more CPU than that. It looks like I could start off with having the IAP do DHCP and NAT while I figure out what I really want for routing though?

re: asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@jamey No worries. I've been told good things about the PC Engines stuff. I think you'll have to do the NAT masquerading on the edge device though, I don't quite know how it would work on the IAP. Good luck with it, happy to help!

asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@jamey You could have a look at pcengines.ch/

asking for recommendations on wi-fi equipment 

@frainz PC Engines definitely looks intriguing and I appreciate that one of their distributors has articles like teklager.se/en/knowledge-base/ with performance measurements. That distributor recommends getting a dedicated gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi access point though, like the "Ubiquiti HD"—I haven't figured out exactly which of Ubiquiti's products they mean by that, but it matches advice I got from someone else in this thread, who suggested the equivalent Aruba products.

The end result is I'm a little overwhelmed by choices now 😅

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