I'm looking for a "good" AP to run LEDE/OpenWRT and am unable to find anything I like.
I haven't bought an access point in 10 years and may be overestimating my requirements or underestimating the performance of current hardware.
Requirements, roughly in order of importance:
- solid 802.11ac performance, prosumer level (me and my nerdy friends, no huge crowds)
- (expected to be) well supported by openwrt in the future / common hardware / large userbase
- open source drivers, community friendly
- installation not dependent on specific hardware releases / firmware versions / hardware modifications
- indoor use
- low power
- stand alone AP, not a router
- price: whatever it takes, but above $300 I'd probably build my own
- available in Europe / The Netherlands
Most users seem to be buying full fledged routers but I need just an AP.
The most popular prosumer APs seem to be the Ubiquity Unify AP's. I was turned down by a warning that Ubiquity is locking down the bootloader and making it harder to install. I'd prefer to use a vendor that does not mind me installing my own software.
GL.inet seems to have some decent choices but they are not available in my area without a huge import fee.
Any advice on good hardware?
Am I overcomplicating things?