It would be nice to do some meshes to be able to access the network (dualband routers with mesh on both bands and access on 2.4 + 2.4 ghz only routers to keep it very cheap).

We have a test mesh:

ssids: (2.4ghz) bssid: 12:CE:69:22:92:E9 (5ghz) bssid: 1E:14:73:CD:43:5F 2.4 and 5, where clients can connect and will get address with dhcp

It is running batman-adv, a layer2 routing protocol( )

To join (as a router):
iwconfig wlan0 mode ad-hoc essid ap 12:CE:69:22:92:E9 #not all wireless cards work fine with ad-hoc, atheros usually does work fine.
ifconfig wlan0 up
batctl if add wlan0
brctl addif accessbr bat0 #accessbr is a bridge with all the interfacess clients connect to (like the access.squesh interface)

Check if you have neigbours with: batctl o

Routers (not all meshing or doing anything yet):

4x WA7510N   ath9k 5ghz
1x WRT160NL  ath9k
1x TL-WR740N ath9k 
1x wl-500g premium
1x computer (trashbat) with usb RTL8188CUS

Stuff to look at


Mesh routing proto's:


router firmware:
quickmesh project:
gluon (batman-adv used by some freifunk projects):

Interesting hardware


  • Banana pi 40E delivered 1000 mbit
  • orange pi allwinner H3 Quad-core Cortex-A7 512m ram??? 15E delivered 100 mbit interface

marvell armada

  • turris Marvell Armada 385 not available yet.

Mikrotik RB260GS

Mikrotik RB260GS:

Has AR8327 switch chip (is also in WR1043ND v2)

Soc taifatech TF470:



intel avaton / rangley

C2758 (rangeley) (E400,-)
 8 cores
 4 Gbit / 2.5 Gbit ports
 Has quickassist (apparently can do 10Gbit encryption????) (but not sure how well supported)
 has AES-NI which can speed up ipsec

wifi stuff

Simultanious dualband ap's
  N: 128ram + 8 flash +usb (less than E50)
       ath9k wireless
       Has gigabit layer3 switch with hardware NAT, IGMP snooping, etc.

  AC: (35$ from china)
      has similar hardware to WRTnode (plus the extra 5ghz ac), accoding to wrtnode works ok with ad-hoc mode


Cheap AP running openwrt:

ubiquity edgerouter

Ubiquity edgerouter lite (E100,-):