Looking for a product recommendation to set up a WDS network.
I live out in the desert, LTE is our only option for internet and would like to distribute a single internet feed across a few villas.
Initial configuration based on a daisy chain topology using an iPhone as the modem:
Notes / Questions:
I understand that keeping the routing hardware the same simplifies WDS stability (same same driver).
Mesh not an option due to distances between routers (~100’ [30 m]) therefore WDS over ethernet.
Special features not required (VPN, SD card, large onboard storage, WIFI 6 etc)
Primary use cases are browsing and video streaming (IPTV, Netflix, Youtube etc), no gaming.
Priorities are (in order):
a. Stability (no time to tinker and maintain)
b. Tethering throughput (need to maximize)
c. Wireless strength
d. Price to allow for future expansion.
I have an AR750 Creta therefore reasonably familiar with GLiNet travel routers.
In a WDS set up, is routing handled at the primary router only? i.e. does the primary router need to be specified to handle the total connected clients?
If successful, I plan to expand to a total of 6 routers (2 branches of the main) bandwidth permitting.
My initial thoughts are:
GL-AR300M16-Ext Shadow -->Low cost, external antennas, upgradable antenna, but single band wifi and daisy chain only due to limited ethernet ports. Single band 2.4 GHz wifi is ok assuming enough clients can be managed. Expansion costs are low.
GL-SFT1200 Opal → Low cost, lots of ethernet, external antennas but end of life support for updates due to sunflower chip. Don’t really care about this as long as the goals are met.
GL-AR750S-Ext Slate → Forums suggests it is considered very stable (mature), best all round bang for the buck in the travel router line.
I look forward to your recommendations.