I am considering getting 5-6 wireless routers, configured to work as bridge and Access Point modes, to expand my Wi-Fi coverage across my house and several neighbors. I am considering these 2 models:
- TL-WR740N v4 global: 4MiB flash / 32MiB RAM / 1 antenna / 150mbps (1x1:1)
- TL-WR842N v4 China: 2MiB flash / 8MiB RAM (?) / 2 antennas / 300mbps (2x2:2)
I do not favor the 842N because of it is hard-to-use Chinese web interface, while the 740N has English and can even install OpenWrt -- although I highly doubt the real advantage of OpenWrt if they are merely used as dumb Access Points. The advantage of the 842N is its double throughput compared to that of the 740N. I don't know how in the world can it operate with a tiny 8MiB of RAM, and if it is going to affect performance or not. I only have 5 clients per Access Point at maximum.
My Internet connection speed is capped at 50mbps only. The sole purpose of the wireless network is for mobile clients to access the Internet. The ability to copy/share large files between them is never planned. Is there any real benefit if I go with the 842N? I live in the country where 2.4Ghz interference is close to zero.
Which one should I go with? Do not recommend me other models, because these 2 flooded my local 2nd hand market for as cheap as $3. As long as they work, I don't care -- I see no point investing in $30-40 alternatives.