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 =)
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
Technically there isn't really a difference between a router and an AP, see https://openwrt.org/docs/guide-user/network/wifi/dumbap 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:
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.
I just bought a AVM Repeater 1200 but I am not very happy with it:
Installation of openwrt requires a lot of steps and is quite complicated ompared to other devices. Thus I would not suggest this device to be used by beginners
The original firmware supports a reset button, OpenWRT does not. If you mess up your configuration and are locked out you have bricked your router
It seems that VLANs are not supported by this device. At least I was not able to get it running. All my other OpenWRT devices did not have any issues regarding VLANs.
I have two very cheap (~33€) Netgear EX3700 which were very easy to setup (initial flashing) and have hardware reset button and also support VLANs. Unfortunately they only have 100MBit network and other hardware capability is also quite limited compared to the AVM 1200.
Yes, it's not as easy as uploading an image from the OEM GUI, but it doesn't involve opening the device or soldering - and while the steps need some attention to follow, I don't see anything complex about them either. Obviously you should check the corresponding device pages/ install step beforehand, to evaluate if you feel up to it - as it varies widely between devices (and sometimes the most interesting devices aren't that easy to handle).
I would expect the WPS (connect) button to invoke the failsafe boot (missing buttons are often not too hard to get working, they'll just need some tinkering to find the correct GPIO). In the worst case, I'd expect the initial installation steps to be able to recover the 1200 from almost any config messup, obviously it's not as comfortable as the failsafe environment, but it should be able to unbrick the device as well.
ipq40xx' swconfig switch driver has a couple of quirks in this regard, but it should still be possible.