I need to put a new network card in my router (current only can only do n and doesn’t work in AP mode). I thought I’d try and future proof with Wi-Fi 6/ax. Are there any current chips that support 802.11ax in hostap mode? I know some Intel cards support ac, but they don’t work as access points (last time I tried).
Nope, still early for that; looking at history with 802.11ac - maybe in 2020?
Even with ac, from a usability/price perspective, you’re probably likely better off getting a ubiquiti nano hd or some such similar AP (which is basically a separate Linux box with its own kernel and drivers maintained by a vendor so you don’t have to, and running hostapd across two interfaces and hardware has plenty of antenna power tuning and kernel performance tuning).
Cisco has Wifi 6 APs
a wifi card for your router? like a PFsense router or something? i was always curious if the wifi cards in those could act like a real AP. Of course most just use APs.
PFSense can’t support anything over 802.11n since FreeBSD still doesn’t have ac support yet.
However on Linux, I got a Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac working fine in AP mode. The configuration for it is dead simple too:
interface=wlp2s0 bridge=brlan hw_mode=a channel=0 ieee80211d=1 country_code=US ieee80211n=1 ieee80211ac=1 wmm_enabled=1 ssid=<insert SSID> auth_algs=1 wpa=2 wpa_key_mgmt=WPA-PSK rsn_pairwise=CCMP wpa_passphrase=<wifi password>
I don’t think i’d bother with any, a true blue AP like a ubiqutiy isn’t limited to talking to only 1 device at a time like tradition home routers or wifi devices.
Yes, even with 2x2 or 3x3 they can only pass off packets to one device at a time, it’s really fast but, it’s extra latency.