Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 15:01 Post subject: Install dd-wrt on a plain old vanilla network switch
Like the title says, I want to install dd-wrt on a network switch. Not one of those fancy routers with wifi, just a switch. As an example, the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter PoE (or similar) is something that I'm interested in. Really what I want is a switch that offers PoE, no wifi, so that I can use whatever AP I want.
So are there any network switches that dd-wrt is compatable with? At this point I don't care about brand, but the forum rules come across as saying "If you have hardware questions, don't post in general". Since I have a hardware question (though a general one) I came up with a specific example but I say again that brand does not matter.
I only need four ports; three for Access Point, PLEX Server, and Pi-Hole DNS; one for a spare.
I'm looking to power a Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE which uses 24V Passive PoE (so neither the 802.3af or 802.3at standard).
I want to set up a VPN tunnel on just the switch so that any device using the internet, Wifi or LAN, would be more secure. I have read that DD-WRT is a great way to set up a VPN tunnel.
I've read how you can turn a router into a switch by just turning off the radios. Why buy a router and AP, then turn off the radio on the router so that the AP is the only device of the two with Wifi? Seems kind of wasteful especially when I can get a switch for far cheaper than a router with all the bells and whistles.
Just an old laptop for now. I'm saving money for a good setup down the line. I want to make sure that as I make improvements that they will work well for at least a few years. I want to get it right the first time if possible.
Thanks for letting me know about OPNsense. I'll look into it.