Splitting wireless router to wired router + AP?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by zsero, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. zsero

    zsero Reformed Router Member

    My idea is that instead of spending a lot of money on a high-end router, I would prefer to buy a reliable wired router + a cheap wireless AP.

    My idea is that this way I can run all the routing tasks on a wired device, and not have any processing on the cheap AP, except making it function like a bridge.

    What do you think? Is it a good idea? I really don't want to invest in say an Asus N56/AC56 just to replace it with whatever comes out in two years, as I honestly believe $100+ is a huge amount of money for a wireless router, which needs to be replaced every 2 years (if it lasts till then).
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014
  2. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    Seems like you'd spend more money doing this than just getting a standard all-in-one router/AP.

    Do they even still make consumer grade non-wireless routers these days?
  3. zsero

    zsero Reformed Router Member

    I could get a second hand Mikrotik RB750 for 20 EUR, or a new RB750G for 50 EUR, which are in my opinion very reliable boards.

    But even if not a Mikrotik, I can get a Belkin 4301 for 20 GBP from eBay and just disable the wireless interface.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014
  4. azdps

    azdps LI Guru Member

    zsero I currently use m0n0wall as my router, and an access point with tomato firmware for just wireless. You can find cheap router hardware to run m0n0wall on, and buy a cheap access point for your wireless.


    An alternative to m0n0wall is pfsense which has alot more features built into it. it's a fork of m0n0wall.
  5. Xero5

    Xero5 Serious Server Member

    I remember Toastman a few years ago made a posting about how the most common reason for a router to randomly reboot is the wifi driver issues.

    I prefer to keep my router and access point separate. I have found that there are many third party routers and access points that have very good wifi throughput. In addition, I would like to use the latest wifi technology. Tomato restricts me to which wifi access point devices I can use.

    However, I love Tomato for its reliable routing and QoS. So I have an RT-N16 for my router with the wifi disabled and use an Apple Time Cpasule to handle the wireless. This way if I need to swap out the wifi, I can keep my current Tomato settings.
  6. vmixus

    vmixus Serious Server Member

    Recently I made a similar choice after experiencing poor wifi / lan transfer speeds on a wrt300n running Tomato.
    I liked everything else Tomato was doing so I got a used wnr2000v3 for $10 and set it up as a AP, which gave me much better wifi / lan transfer speeds and probably better performance on the Tomato router as well since I disabled wireless there.
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