Support for TP-Link BE900

I am looking for a new router for about a year. Now i found this news about the BE900 from TP-Link and wondering whats the current situation with TP-Link, like what chipset they usually use and how reasonable it is that openwrt will be available for that device ... or not.

Because it might be quiet expensive. I was also considering switching to x86 (r86s), but i dont like the idle power of those devices and also don't like a FAN as its very close to me in my living room (about 2m).

What does the ToH say?

and why even bother with a wifi 7 device ?

unfortunately there is nothing in it, as afaik even the spec is not known yet. but thought maybe someone has some tp link devices and might give some hint in which direction it goes. if they used in the last time MDT, i would not take such device. But if they take hardware that is usable with mainline linux, it might be a thing.

@frollic i dont care about wifi6/wifi7, i only must have sfp+ with rj45 10gbit. if i could, i would change wifi6/7 to an poe rj45 port

just wrote to the tp link support about that device (also found another one, the be800), and if they can give a bit of tech spec, e.g. the used cpu etc.

why not simply go for x86, or do you need a lot of ports ?

The r86s would match my needs quiet good, but it has a FAN.
I dont know any (except the r86s) x86 device that has 10gbit ethernet and 10gbit sfp+ (awesome would be 25gbit). So i need to buy a pcie card and build my own system. That means i need a big case, even if its only mini-itx. The other thing is power consumption, i dont know any x86 system that needs only a few watt. But if you can give me some hint (e.g. the cpu, a sfp+ pcie card, etc.), i could check it out.
The system must not have a fan, or it should be so silent that its impossible to hear.

pretty sure you'll have issues finding a fanless device capable of NATing at 10GbE.

i know that i have issues with finding such device, i am searching for a new router for more than a year :wink:
right now i only know of Zyxel AX7501, and iirc one mikrotik was also in the list, thats it... thats why i am so interested in this tp link device.

Don't know how many SFP+ you need , but there's always the Supermicro X10SDV-8C-TLN4F+ / X10SDV-12C-TLN4F+ / X10SDV-16C-TLN4F+, and similar boards from them.

or get a motherboard with active cooling, and replace the cooler.

i need 1 sfp+, 1 10gbit ethernet, 3-4 gbe rj45, would be nice to have 2.4ghz and 5ghz wifi (or 2 m2 slots), awesome would be one rj45 with poe support. the supermicro server boards are way too expensive. budget is <=1000 EUR
now we are back at the tp link. i'll wait for their answer. maybe they give some information, or i'll wait another month until the tp link is released.

There won't be any answer about OpenWrt for a brandnew, unreleased device - until it actually lands on someone's desk to do the porting (which is not that likely for very high priced devices), no one will be able to answer this. Anything else would be a betting game, with the odds stacked against you.

It took four years for OpenWrt to gain ipq807x support and ipq60xx is not even in sight yet (ipq50xx probably won't even happen), how long would you be willing to wait for OpenWrt support for this device (yet another new SOC, new wireless drivers, new wireless standards requiring hostapd and netifd changes, neither of which exist at this point).

If you want a device that just works on day one and for the future, there is x86_64. Otherwise you will have to wait until device support is actually available and merged, which will take years at best or may never happen.

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Hostapd has actually been seeing a lot of EHT commits lately

But agree on the SoC still likely being years away from receiving support. Has to start somewhere though.

I'm aware of that, but that's still a work in progress upstream (and OpenWrt getting those changes - and the ones then making use of them via netifd (which is going to be difficult with the multi-channel concept)) are quite some steps away.