Looking for a hardware suggestion for a home router/Wi-Fi hot spot. Just starting to investigate this, and I am hoping someone can point me into the right direction to save me some time.
Don’t need anything too fancy. Previously I was using the one that came from my ISP and was happy with it. However, we recently got upgraded and the new router and I don’t have a high opinion of it. My biggest complaint is you need to install an App on your phone to configure it (e.g. no web admin page) and you cannot change the DNS server it uses (e.g. you have to use the ISP’s DNS).
My IPS is Shaw, which is one of the big ones in western Canada. Below is a link to the router I had before:
And this is what we got upgraded to:
The new Shaw router has a bridge mode, which as I understand it turns off the router and Wi-Fi part and basically turns it to a cable modem. So, connecting and using a consumer router/Wi-Fi to it should not be a problem.
Below are the key things I am looking for:
- At least 4 Ethernet ports
- Wi-fi coverage for a typical North American Home (square, 2 story, about 1500 sq ft, would like 3000 sq ft to cover the yard just outside the house as well)
- We currently have about 12 active Wi-fi devices, but a guess that could grow in the future.
- No gamers in the house other than Minecraft and the most insensitive we have on the next working is streaming (Plex)
- Easy to config with a web app and does not force you to install an app on your phone.
- Can change the DNS sever, i.e. can point it to a local Pi-hole
- Here are a few nice to have but not needed:
- Hoping to keep price low
- Be able to add Wi-fi extenders to cover the shop in the far backyard.
- has a lot of powerful features that could be explored later, but you could get it up and running fast
- Supported dynamic DNS (I know there are other ways of doing this, but I was used to this being in the router)
Are there any recommendation for brands and specs I should be looking for or staying away from?
There seems to be a lot of Asus and Tp-link routers on sale, are these good brands?
Many routers are marked as “gaming routers”, e.g. many Asus. Should I stay away from these routers?
Ubiquity seem to be the gold standard for self-hosting. What is the learning curve like getting into their stuff? I am worried it would be complicated and as much as I would like to learn something new and tinker, I don’t have the time right now.
I have hard about open firmware “Openwrt” is this worth getting into? I have a felling this will eat up a lot of time, which I don’t have right now?