Korishan wrote:First time poster here
I know that the RPi is a very powerful little computer. My uncle has been looking at the Linksys AC5400 Tri-Band Router. It runs on the 802.011ac which allows it to do beamforming.
What I'm wondering is, is it possible to take an RPi, install a full OS like pfSense or another, add in some Wifi adapters that support AC, and be able to get it to be programmed with Tri-Band?
Or even to be able to install multiple adapters and have them all be on the same ssid? I know that it is possible to have several routers have the same ssid and as the person moves from zone to zone, the connection moves to the other router (ie. Walmart, Publix, Sam's Club, etc)
Could we do the same thing with an PRi with multiple adapters and accomplish the same thing?
His current WiFi setup is an older Linksys. They have at least 6-10 devices connecting to it, plus 2 microwaves, and several walls to each of the rooms. The router is centrally located, but there's still issues. The router is maxed. The Linksys AC5400 is over $200. Looking for a cheaper, more powerful and customizable option.
Those are not routers. Those are access points.
Routers do not have a wireless signal at all. Routers route. For home use it is converting an external IP address into internal address space allowing many devices under network address translation (NAT)
if you want many access points, you should go with ubiquiti devices. You can use their router (not as easy to configure as it's actually a router, not garbage home hybrid) or you can use your current router.. and then get multiple access points around your home or property.
https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-NanoSta ... 004EGI3CI/
This specific one I cover multiple properties, some about half a mile in distance with multiple repeats.
If you want a seamless switching of clients (as you walk it goes to strongest access point) you'll want to have all of them configured on the same channel and the same name.
Oh and as said above, I wouldn't use a raspberry pi for that. Bananapi has a board specific for pfsense but I wouldn't use that either.
Majority of home routers have routers, access points, and switches built in. Some have modems as well those are especially bad at performance