I'm seeking for some validation of my plan to buy some hw device to upgrade my current network setup.
I've settled on a solution but I'm open to listen to suggestions if any.
Mind that my understanding of the networking domain is relatively limited despite having played with OpenWrt in the past so I might be reporting things in a way that could not make sense.
I have a gigabit internet at home, based on the router given by the internet provider, Vodafone:
It mostly does its job but it has very little configurability and has some bug where it sometimes does not allow wifi device to rejoin if it loses power and has to reboot.
I wanted to gain control and use an OpenWrt based solution.
Reading the forum a possible suggestion is to go down the Rpi4 road + dumb access points and that's what I was after.
My plan is to buy:
- 1 Rpi4 with 4GB ram
- TP-link UE300
- TP-Link EAP245 (one or more, depending on the range I can get at my home)
My needs are mainly to:
- get control over routing, separating multiple wifi networks to isolate IoT from the rest
- leverage the nominal speed offered by the provider
- eventually add services on the router (currently Adguard is running on Rpi with Home Assistant, but it could change location)
- achieve fast wifi switching between different floors if it's confirmed that a single EAP245 does cover the all area
My idea was to keep the current Vodafone router that gets the optic fiber cable and use all its 4 ports as a switch and connect the Rpi OpenWrt rotuer and the Access Points to it.
Additionally, I'd like to ask if it makes sense to put OpenWrt on the EAP245 or if there is no need for that.
Does my set up make sense?