My network is rather simple; a router and a archer C7 V5 as a wired AP. I want to use the C7 for an other project so I have to replace it
I could get a new C7 (because it served me well) but the device isn't that modern anymore. Are there currently better choices?
Any advice is welcome.
By Yes you mean there are alternatives? I would love to hear them.
Currently the C7 is serving some dozen WIFI client at the first floor of my house, equally divided between 2.4 and 5 GHz. It are some pc's/laptops, consoles (Xbox, Nintendo etc.), a wds client and some android phones. Also one PC is connected via ethernet.
I don't know if these are very demanding requirements.
Yes i searched the forum. The topics i found where mostly about a router replacement and/or the WAN (and/or VPN) speeds it could handle. Not a "simple" alternative for an AP.
If i overlooked topics I'm glad to receive some pointers.
What speed you are looking at is also a factor. Also are you considering serving media files (i.e. via miniDLNA)? In fact even if you are currently doing that on your min router, as you are upgrading the AP you may consider moving that to the AP to take some load off the main router.
For pure AP functionality, the various supported ipq40xx devices come to mind (priced the similarly as the archer c7) with 2-stream 802.11ac wave2 - or ipq8065 for 4-stream 802.11ac wave2 (for roughly three times as much).
Strange about the Asus and mem problem.
Havent seen that with my C7 in AP use.
I dont know how much you might want a "faster" router, unless you'll have it running services. A dumb AP dosent need much power. More important then would be, how good is its radio/antenna performance.
As I recall, the C7 in its day was ranked pretty high in coverage by Small Net Builder, maybe you already have a good AP choice...
Ah, true... But, isnt Mu-MIMO proving out to not be much benefit in the real world, and or most implementations arent working very well?
Also, the ath9k radio is where most of the continuing "Make Wifi Fast" development for low latency SQM over wifi is happening, brought to you by the Bufferbloat/fc-codel/cake guys... and currently only easily available on OpenWrt... <look 'em up> So there might be reasons to want that older ath9k, after all...
Other than that my real-world experience with the IPQ4019/QCA9888-based EA8300 in moderate- and low-signal conditions show better throughput than my Archer C7v2s (single-radio measurements, not aggregate)
First of all, how the price of the C7 compares to IPQ40xx devices depends on where you live.
Second, two-stream 802.11ac wave 2 improvements as compared to wave 1 boil down to optional 160 MHz channel width and MU-MIMO. Since not a single OpenWRT driver supports MU-MIMO (which additionally requires support by more than one STA simultaneously to have any effect at all) it really depends.