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    You can use hrmpf for installing, it supports serial console by default.

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      Quick question, why have you chosen to use a linux router, instead of the common bsd based options?

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        Linux is far more common (though probably not Void) for networking outside of the link aggregator tech enthuiast bubble.

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          is openwrt more popular than pfsense? or is this a roundabout way of saying maybe they want to do networking stuff beyond basic router functionality?

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            Considering plastic routers alone, yes, it’s more popular.

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              According to Google Trends it seems like since 2010, PFSense has been more popular since 2016 worldwide, though there’s significant regional variation. OpenWRT seems much more popular in China and Russia than PFSense, for example.

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                as opposed to metal ones?

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                  Most enterprise-grade “serious” routers are metal ones (often rackmounted), so yes. Most consumer ones are plastic. I assume that’s what calvin meant: “considering consumer-grade (i.e. plastic) routers alone”.

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                    so without that qualification I guess we don’t know what’s more popular. I made a half-assed effort and looked them up on distrowatch, but openwrt doesn’t have a page.

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                pfsense? or opnsense?

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                  I don’t know is opnsense more popular? hard to find estimates for any of them

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              When I build my original router, I also used it for Wi-Fi via the PCI-E card. At the time, FreeBSD/OpenBSD and others didn’t have a lot of support for 802.11ac chips (and definitely not in hostap mode). I did consider it back then.

              I already had that one configured with standard iptables rules and it was running Void. It seemed like the simplest transition, even though I’ve now moved Wi-Fi to an external Netgear AP. I guess I could have gone a BSD route, but I wanted to get this done quick. The motherboard on the old router had one broken Ethernet port and I was using a USB3 1G Ethernet for the WAN. It’s been flaking out occasionally.

              I’m also just already familiar with iptables and setting up routes on Linux, and I’m a big fan of Void Linux in general.

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                Just FYI, that link needs fixing.

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                As one example where I previously used a freebsd based firewall but switched to a linux based one was that freebsd, and derivatives, have poor pppoe performance due to a single threading issue (due to single nic queue issue).

                https://forum.netgate.com/topic/138926/realtek-nic-pppoe-gig-cpu-usage-seems-odd/2

                https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=203856

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                  I’ve ran OpenBSD and pfSense (FreeBSD) on my router for a few years. pf is a great firewall, but it’s not so superior to nftables that it makes up for having to know two sets of networking commands.

                  I’m also in the midst of transitioning all my devices to NixOS, with a single shared repo for system definitions.

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                  I’m currently handling Wi-Fi via an external Wi-Fi 6 access point.

                  I’d love some suggestions on a good access point to buy? I want to avoid the ever popular ubuiquti because i don’t want to run any controller VM.

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                    I invested all in on a Ubiquiti setup… was not impressed at all and sold it after three months at a loss (I seriously don’t know why a lot of folks are enthralled with their products, I think they are grossly overrated). I ended up going back to my original setup which consists of an Opnsense install, Cisco switch and Ruckus AP’s.

                    I’ve had excellent results with the Ruckus AP’s running their Unleashed firmware. There are decently priced used and have been ultra reliable for me. They support mesh so I was able to put one in my garage standalone to extend wifi and it works great.

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                      Look for something from TP-Link. I have both and the TP-Link provides a very good platform with a no-bullshit web interface to configure the device built in.

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                        I got a Netgear WAX202. You can switch it from router to AP mode and it was $60 off of their website. Seems to work well so far.