A tale of an OpenWrt Beginner

After using OpenWrt for 1+ year I would like to share my experience to amuse and inspire others.

In the past (<2022) my Home Network was 'kind of working' - I had connectivity issues but took them for granted as little annoyances. During Covid years I was suddenly forced to work from home iso office and connectivity issues turned into frustrations. Issues I had:

  • wireless coverage of ISP modem, placed in house corner meter cupboard, was sub optimal - hardly coverage on 2nd floor and in garden
  • an added wifi repeater on 1st floor extended coverage a bit but dropped connections very often
  • wireless devices had high latency (felt like seconds)
  • once a week the ISP modem was frozen => the AOP (cable main connection) from 1997 turned out to be sensitive to 4G interference and after replacement with a new AOP the ISP modem became stable

Enter the OpenWrt Project
The quest for a solution drove me into the arms of this highly addictive OpenWrt Project https://openwrt.org/#why_use_openwrt. After digging though various sources I ended with following Network Topology in 2022

  • router: Raspberry PI CM4 + DFRobot routerboard
  • switch: Linksys LGS108P (in hindsight I should have selected a managed switch to be able to control Vlans)
  • access points: TP-Link EAP615 + 86 mm wall junction box; I placed one AP in living room near backyard garden and another in the stairwell between 1st/2nd floor


  • perfect wireless coverage on all floors and garden, low latency.and high uptimes
  • the large amount of optional Packages became an addictive new hobby to explore

+1; I subjectively dislike VLANs and try to get away with as little usage as possible (I am "smart" enough to be tempted to build elaborate VLAN hierarchies, but not smart enough to intuitively understand such elaborate VLAN hierarchies 2 weeks later;) ), but that still ends up being > 0, so having a managed switch "just in case" seems useful advise...

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