Normally picking a router is finding a device that ticks the right boxes, but
The problem is that the internet enters my new apartment through a metal box in the back of the closet in the bedroom. As a result, in the living room (where I need Wifi much more), the signal shows up as "poor" and sometimes even too weak to connect. At the same time, this metal box in the closet in the bedroom also happens to contain the end-points for cables that go through the walls to the other rooms. There's one Ethernet cable per outlet and adding another one would not be possible. So the router has no option but to go there.
So based on that, I conclude that I need a router without Wifi and a separate Access Point. (The router I'm currently using is from my ISP, and I'll return it once I buy my own.)
The other constraint is, the apartment came with a couple of Things which connect through Wifi. I'd like to have them isolated in such a way I can access them but they can't get into my internal network, and to have their internet access filtered. I have no idea how that could be done, but I'm guessing the AP should be able to provide multiple SSIDs? I suppose if I have OpenWRT on both ends there should be some way to set up the filtering/isolation.
So what I'm looking for is:
- A reliable, future-proof router with no Wifi that can handle gigabit speeds. My apartment has gigabit fiber, although I don't need that much and am on a 100Mbit plan.
- A decent access point that can do the above. I don't use Wifi heavily so it doesn't need to be fast.
- Some other option I didn't consider
For the router, I found EdgeRouter X as a decent option. It's $55 and has very decent specs. The only thing is that while 256MB is a lot for a router, I wish it had some external storage.
For the AP, I'm not really sure what to look for.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!