So starting 2021 and continuing on the theme of UFO shaped things, I decided to replace our home AP (TP-Link Archer C7 V5 – good Qualcomm Atheros radios, low CPU/RAM/Disk) and the guest AP (Linksys WRT1900ACS – good RAM/CPU/Disk, bad Marvell radio driver support) which were both running OpenWRT. I was able to achieve a fairly stable and fast setup with those routers by keeping the tp-link minimal and the linksys in a basic wireless environment setup.
I wanted to try a new product to replace them both and also help expand my knowledge along the way. I picked up a couple of Ubiquiti APs to run each network type (at 802.11ac-3×3-1300mbps) and they are connected via a CAT6-gigabit-ethernet cable on VLAN-ports to a Linksys WRT32X router. This OpenWRT router is acting as a wireless client bridge to carry all the internal network traffic via a dedicated and separated 802.11ac backchannel to another TP-Link Archer C7 V5 router in the basement which is then connected to a cable modem for internet access.
They were pretty easy and straight forward to setup (just remember to download Java 8 for the UniFi controller software). They have good CPU/RAM and stable wireless radio capabilities. They came with the POE injectors in the box (no cables though) and the OS on them is very powerful allowing for features like 5Ghz band steering in a dual frequency, single SSID WiFi setup.
They do one thing and one thing well which is exactly what I was looking for!
|A Long Time Ago|
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Edit: There seems to be a DHCP issue going on with the firmware image, make sure to:
# upgrade https://dl.ui.com/unifi/firmware/U7PG2/18.104.22.16898/BZ.qca956x.v22.214.171.12498.200704.1347.bin