This may be an unusual question, maybe even a dumb one, but I'm looking for a WiFi AP that can allow me to recover from messing up big time.
Long story short, I managed to brick my Xiaomi Mi WiFi R3G (v1) to the point that I get no output from the serial console. Because its ROM is NAND based and I have no way to reprogram TSOP48 chips, it's busted.
I could get another one of those for cheap, maybe... 25€ or something, but I'd rather get something safer to tinker with (it'd still be my main AP though).
These would be the important things:
- Ability to recover in case of a brick (e.g., bootloader untouched after/when installing OpenWRT, stable UART recovery method, SPI flash (I can reprogram those), …)
- Rather stable with OpenWRT and enough room for the future regarding storage and memory.
- Sub 50€/$60.
Some info that could help narrow things down:
- I have a symmetrical 100Mbps link, so GbE is not a requirement and there'll only be one Ethernet connected device. No plan to upgrade in the near future to be honest.
- Being SQM capable is not a requirement either, after all I've lived without it for now . In the same line, no advanced features will be used, like VPNs, servers of any kind, etc. I think even USB ports could be optional too.
- ~10 simultaneous devices, but only 2 or 3 doing heavy stuff (not at the same generally). I used to have a separate VLAN for IoT devices and guests, but it's not a big deal if the new one couldn't.
As for WiFi… I'm looking for medium capabilities, I enjoy having access to advanced stuff, but I'm good with any dual band device. For example, MU-MIMO or WiFi 6 are not requirements at all.
Either way, the more the better haha, but the important thing here is being able to recover from backfires