My trusty R7800 has bit the dust and I think it's time for me to move on and get a new wifi router. I am partial to building my own device, but I can find very little information on DIY wifi routers. I am familiar with SBC's and have built my own routers and lte devices based on both openWRT and pfsense. Is there a reason I find so little information about diy wifi routers? I would like it to be based on x86, I have a couple PCengines APU4's from my LTE tinkering days that I love, but I would like something more up to date with m.2 slots. One other concern is the lack of ax support in openWRT at the moment. Is this a lack of chipset support or more an issue of development catching up to the release of newer devices and will this limit my use of wifi 6 in my device.
I figure I should put in my use case to help out:
- I currently have TMobile Home Internet which has a hard time doing 5g and routing so I want a device for that purpose and speed rarely exceed 50 mbps
- VPN, NAT, or any advanced routing is not required since I cannot use any of it at the moment due to tmobile's network structure and use of a 464 tunnel (don't get me started). I have a decent pfsense build based on a supermicro xeon board with 6 10g ports and a 6 and 4 port 1g card installed sitting useless right now because of them, but my options are extremely limited for isp
- i prefer x86 hardware
- withing the next year or 18 months I will be moving to finish school and will have much better options for internet and at that point this device will be a wireless ap from my pfsense box
- usb 3 ports for a hard drive or two so I dont have to run my pfsense just for that
TLDR - If anyone has recommendations for wifi cards and platforms to use in a DIY wifi router build for openWRT please let me know. Thank you for any help.