Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 19:33 Post subject: X86 hardware recommendations: WiFi card, etc.
I would like to build an x86 box for dd-wrt and I'm looking for hardware recommendations. The most important detail for me is a high end WiFi PCI-e adapter -- it has to support AP mode (which, I assume, means it has to be compatible with hostapd).
I know the question of hardware recommendations has been asked here in the past, but when I checked answers like the ones below, some links were no longer valid, and I assume the hardware recommendations are out of date, so I'm hoping to get up to date recommendations by asking a new question. Any advice is appreciated.
You can even build a high end router from a Dell Studio 540 motherboard. The Onboard Ethernet works great with DD-WRT.
Then you can just slap in a Duo core E7500 or a Q6600 or Q9550 CPU in it. Then put 8GB ram onto this system.
Next Buy a PCI-E realtek RTL8168C/8111 card for the LAN connection then from there use a good gigabit switch for all your computers you have.
Next you want to buy a PCI-E Atheros 9k or 10k series WIFI adapter. Those are super cheap and I think Brainslayer did say dd-wrt only supports Atheros wifi adapters. So you want the AC/N/G/B card you may need to buy a pci-e adapter since it will be a mini PCI-E card. which ebay has.
I used this system for my NAS too. I have all the SATA ports used up with 2TB drives on them. Bought the drives for $45 each.
Then you need to download the full version of DD-WRT when this is assembled. It will show a string for the key in the web gui and which you go to the dd-wrt shop and get a key to activate the full version for about $22. The full version is the only one that supports wifi. The free version does not.
Most of this stuff will be on Ebay super cheap and I have been running this Dell studio 540 for a year now with the latest BIOS applied. It has a E7500 cpu which only gets 100% used when we are writing to the NAS drives over the network. I do have a few Q6600 CPU laying around I might swap it in to see if it makes it work faster.