Linksys E3000 multiple SSIDs and VLANs

 OpenWrt 18.06.0, r7188-b0b5c64c22
root@OpenWrt:~# uname -a
Linux OpenWrt 4.14.54 #0 Mon Jul 30 16:25:17 2018 mips GNU/Linux

root@OpenWrt:~# cat /proc/version
Linux version 4.14.54 ( (gcc version 7                                                                                  .3.0 (OpenWrt GCC 7.3.0 r7102-3f3a2c9)) #0 Mon Jul 30 16:25:17 2018
root@OpenWrt:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
system type             : Broadcom BCM4716
machine                 : Linksys E3000 V1
processor               : 0
cpu model               : MIPS 74Kc V4.0
BogoMIPS                : 239.61
wait instruction        : yes
microsecond timers      : yes
tlb_entries             : 64
extra interrupt vector  : yes
hardware watchpoint     : yes, count: 4, address/irw mask: [0x0ffc, 0x0ffc, 0x0ffb, 0x0ffb]
isa                     : mips1 mips2 mips32r1 mips32r2
ASEs implemented        : mips16 dsp dsp2
shadow register sets    : 1
kscratch registers      : 0
package                 : 0
core                    : 0
VCED exceptions         : not available
VCEI exceptions         : not available

root@OpenWrt:~# lsmod | grep b43
b43                   358864  0
cfg80211              214768  2 b43,mac80211
compat                   544  3 b43,mac80211,cfg80211
mac80211              425216  1 b43

I have several Linksys E3000 APs with OpenWRT, and I just bricked 2 of them when I tried to enable 5GHz WiFi. I'm also trying to use multiple SSIDs.
However, I just realized that according to, OpenWRT ships with b43 drivers by default. These do not seem to support multiple SSID, and might not work properly with 5GHz. I don't really care for 5GHz, but I do require multi-SSID support.

Can I get multi-SSID support with the broadcom-wl drivers?

If so, is there a complete guide to install these drivers apart from the link above?

Will my current wifi configuration still work with the new drivers, or will I need to rewrite it all. Will I be able to manage the interfaces with LuCI, at least for the most common settings (VLANs, etc)?

I'm looking to support 2 or 3 SSIDs each one in its own VLAN on a Linksys E3000. Are there other (simpler) alternatives, or am I doomed?


No, I suggest an Atheros WiFi chip for multiple SSIDs.


OK, thanks for the link.
I have Atheros-based APs, and they work just fine with multiple SSIDs.
Unfortunately, we bought 18 E3000 several years ago, and I believe it was a big mistake.
I might give dd-wrt a shot before throwing these devices away...

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