i want to take the opportunity that my new FTTH (soon™) provider won't provide a fritzbox to finally get into openWRT and set up my network properly.
I did a lot of reading, but of course that's a lot to take in, especially without context and experience
So i just wanted some reassurance that i'm not completely on the wrong track.
My setup is rather small currently - my main PC in the living room (where the modem/router is also located) connected via ethernet, another pc connected via ethernet in the basement and i'd like to have a wifi AP at both locations. WiFi-wise i'm more concerned about coverage and reliability than speed - maybe besides the Smart-TV, that is in the same room as my main PC and router though.
I'd like to future-proof the setup in regards to smart home and stuff, so my currently planed hardware might be a bit overkill:
I was thinking about two Archer C6 (v3.2 should still be the v3 series, right?), one also providing ethernet-switch functionality for the basement. Setting up roaming with those should be no problem i guess?
As those probably won't have enough processing power for anything but the most basic routing, i figure i'd need some kind of main router still.
For that i was first thinking about a raspi4, but seeing their current prices and reading in the forums i came to like the idea of buying a topton mini-pc from aliexpress.
I've narrowed it down to two options:
with the j6412 and either 8 or 16gb ram
with N5105 and i226-V, also 8 or 16gb ram.
Additionally, i might be able to get my hands on a APU2C4 for a good price - but that would be much less powerful than those two, i'm just not sure if that really would matter?
The first one also has Wifi - so that might spare me one C6, if it is decent enough...i haven't found too many reports about that though. What i dislike about that in regards to future-proofing is that it only has Gigabit ports. My fibre will be 500/100mbit at first, with the option to upgrade to gigabit in a year or two (depending on their capacity), so gigabit will probably be enough for quite a while - maybe i'm too much caught up in the whole future-proofing thought here?
The second one has 2.5g Ports, and 4 of them, so that would spare me a separate switch in the living room - as it doesn't have wifi, i would need a C6 there anyway though.
I'm leaning towards the first option, but i'm thankful for food for thought from more experienced users
I don't really have a set plan on what additional stuff to run on the main router/server, but i could imagine things like a wireguard vpn, a Home Assistant Server, maybe a nextcloud instance, maybe even a matrix homeserver or an email-server in the future. I guess with both models i will have ample CPU-Power to facilitate all of that - or am i underestimating the requirements here?
So, enough of a wall of text, if i forgot something i'll add it upon request
For now i'm grateful for any input if that would be a good way to go or if i'm completely on the wrong track.