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Advice On Proposed Router Design

So I’m trying to build a router. Just need something to handle the networking in my house and the plan is to separate things out via virtual local area networks. Anyway, reading a bunch of threads and comments, I think my design will be something akin to this. Is this good or bad? Ultimately I wanna run OPNSense since that’s...

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This post is tremendous, thank you.

I originally planned to go for an all in one, but then started finding cool stuff and it made sense to make it so I could swap out bits of the set-up without having to replace the whole thing.

OPNSense versus OpenWRT. I got lead astray! 😂 but seriously, everyone says that eventually everyone ends up running OPNSense anyway.

Regarding the Banana Pi, I was looking at them for ages and someone said to go for the NanoPi over it as the support on the software NanoPi is better.

Regarding the rest of you post, I’m still trying to digest it. Clicking links and reading stuff, but I wanted to thank you. Truly!

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Just my RPi, hence the looking for another SBC to do the routing.

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Bloody hell, thank you!

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I was reading the comments on the OpenWRT forums about the new router, even the people there feel it’s underpowered.

If it can run OpenWRT and PiHole, I’ll be happy.

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The OpenWRT one

Proposed Router Design

So I’m trying to build a router. Just need something to handle the networking in my house and the plan is to separate things out via virtual local area networks. Anyway, reading a bunch of threads and comments, I think my design will be something akin to this. Is this good or bad? Ultimately I wanna run OPNSense since that’s...

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According to the official website, it will officially have Android 12.0, Debian 11 and Buildroot support and will unofficially support Armbian, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04 and Kylin OS.

As for x86, I’d really like to try and avoid it for a router.

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It’s a couple levels of power more than what I need for a router in my opinion.

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I didn’t know RISC-V routers were a thing. There’s OPNSense support for RISC-V?

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A couple weeks ago, this was my plan.

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According to this, seems to be limited to the speeds of the Ethernet port: superuser.com/…/wireguard-performance-on-linux-an…

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It’s ARM

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Sorry, I’m a blank slate on this topic. I’m greedily trying to lap at the fountain of everyone else’s knowledge.

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So you’d suggest the Orange Pi Plus?

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Fuck, I accidentally clicked this and was saving it in my inbox 😭

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Sadly I wasn’t at the time.

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I’ve been looking at a bunch of different SBCs that can run OpenWRT because I really want that minimal power draw, but there’s so many more that are x86

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You don’t know how much I’ve treasured this post and I couldn’t reply as I had it sitting in my inbox so I could find it easily. But thank you so much. I’m trying to go route two so I can run my IOT stuff on a VLAN.

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OPNSense seems to be where everyone ends up eventually. Which surprises me given that it’s so overwhelmingly x86 and as you say, the power consumption can be like glugging.

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That for 60 quid is awesome. Is it quiet?

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Why Debian Server over Raspberry Pi OS?

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But then what do I do about WiFi? Sorry if it’s a stupid question.

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Tailscale was totally what I meant.

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When you say separate access points, what do you mean? I’m probably not understanding you correctly, because I’m interpreting it as you’re saying that I should buy separate devices for WiFi?

To me that pretty much defeats the point completely. Most of my house runs on WiFi and I also don’t want a server rack or loads of different pieces of equipment strewn around the place, hence why the Mikrotik is so appealing, as it can route, firewall and do POE all at an incredibly reasonable price. That said, reading some comments online, it’s got a steep learning curve and it’s really hands-on.

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That seems to be way more than what I want to do.

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So here’s a random related question, given that you’re using your old router, does that mean you have nothing connected at 5GHz?

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That makes more sense.

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Thanks. I’ve been keeping an eye on the E1

m.reolink.com/gb/product/e1-outdoor-poe/

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Was it Ubiquiti that just had a gate of some sort or another or was that Unifi?

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There was definitely a recent something or another that made me very cautious when it comes to them.

That said, going the AP route probably isn’t for me. I live in a normal UK house. I don’t have Ethernet running through anywhere. Just to get it to the back and front for the Reolinks, I’ll probably end up running some ugly trunking and on top of that, I’d probably once again, start heading towards server rack territory and I really don’t wanna do that. Especially when I can get something that supports WiFi 6 for £60 and is just a single device for me to plug in.

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Oops meant the AC Lite. I think I was obsessed for multiple reasons, including intimidation, but I’m now coming around to the idea of trying something new. I guess I won’t get to do it as cheaply as I wanted to.

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After digesting everything people have been recommending, I’m now looking at this an Intel N100 Celeron N5105 Soft Router Fanless Mini PC 4x Intel i226 i225 2.5G LAN HDMI pfSense Firewall Appliance ESXI AES-NI

https://lemmy.tf/pictrs/image/28ed9e31-8bb2-4511-ab6c-1d568e8106df.jpeg

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What do you mean self-contained?

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I’d say that’s the takeaway!

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Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for taking the time to explain.

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I would quite like the option to have suggestions at the bottom rather them at the top, I almost always visit sites I’ve already visited.

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Thank you, they need to bring that to mobile.

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