Suggest a good access point

Hi my ISP router has very very very bad wifi. But ethernet is gigabit and runs fine.
I'd like to buy a less-then-100€ AP to make wifi working (2,4 + 5 Ghz possibly). To be used with openwrt, of course.
Can you please suggest one or two? Cheaper is better =)


The Fritz!Box 4040 and the LinkSys EA8300 are very good and affordable devices (only Firtz!Box 4040).

“Cheaper” is relative. Do you have a budget in mind?

Where are you located? There are many good deals on solid used devices in various parts of the world.

I'm in Italy, I can buy from anywhere in the world. China is usually a good place to buy affordable device.

Thank you for replying, but these are routers (too big and too many ports). I just need an AP: 1 ethernet port (gigabit) and wifi (2.4 and 5ghz is better).

Unifi UAP-AC, most likely the LR. The Pro doesn't seem worth the substantial extra cost.

Hi all, pretty new here.

I'm interested in the very same topic. I have a very good working TPlink WA901ND (not openwrt yet cause warnings about memory), but I need to query mac address table from snmp. I can query snmp from the device, but alas no mac address table. So my search lead me here.

Hope I'm not crashing in on the thread. I just need a decent AP that I can snmp :slight_smile:

GL.Inet GL-B1300 (ipq4018) comes to mind, most of the reason why it usually isn't on my radar is exactly because it's more of an AP, than a router (only 2+1 ethernet ports).

But it is a router, sorry I'm pretty new to openwrt, I'm guessing it's pretty doable to set it up as an AP. But will I be able to query mac address table from snmp?

I suppose I owe you to explain the setup: I'll be using it for presence detection on home assistant:

Home assistant is just a 'smart home' for personal use you can run on a raspberry pi, quite happy with it.

Technically there isn't really a difference between a router and an AP, see for details about the setup. Regardless of the device in question, the default setup with OpenWrt will always be a router, so you'll need to switch it to AP functionality either way.

Among the ipq40xx devices supported, the following seem to match the 'AP' category:

and these probably fall more into the extender category (power plug part of the device):

I have not checked the device pages for suitability(!), so check for yourself if your potential candidates ship with >=256 MB RAM (required!) and are reasonably easy to flash OpenWrt from the OEM firmware.

Thanks for the info, I'll look into it!

If all else fails, I'll probably load openwrt onto my tplink and see what I can get from that.

Kind Regards