Bear with me for a second, please.
I had enough of being dependent on external services. I plan on building my own little NAS server (probably TrueNAS) with nextcloud and maybe a VM to do incoming openvpn. Which means I already plan on offloading VPN to that server.
At the same time, I need to upgrade my wifi network. I am with Telus and have the 1GBit pure fibre. It comes in the garage, so the wifi on the router can barely be used. I have the extender but that one is overloaded. I don't really want to run new cables across the house two stories, the lower story is half underground. I am on a hill. Which means I have three options.
- Get the Wifi plus from Telus. 10CAD a month and they make sure that there are enough access points in the house to have optimal seed everywhere. However, thats 10 CAD forever. Which means if I spend 300 CAD on my own solution, I would be in the plus after 30 months. Plus I wont be dependent on Telus.
- Buy a prebuild mesh
- Build my own completely from scratch with openWRT.
What I would like to do is a combination of 2 and 3. Maybe buy an existing prebuild that might not yet be supported by openWRT stable release, but is already in the snapshot. Basically being able to deploy now quickly and down the road switch to openWRT. Would this be an option or do I just create more headache than necessary? Would it be easier and cheaper to just go with hardware that supports openWRT now and already go with it.
Just to list my requirements
- 1 GBit internet connection
- Mesh network with two satellites. One upstairs and one downstairs. Downstairs because I also need cable networking for some stuff that doesn't have wifi.
- The Telus router would be switched to modem only mode
- The base station that is connected to the modem would have to do firewall, NAT, port forwarding (e.g. to the VPN on the NAS) and DHCP