I've looked quite a bit through my local electronics stores but nobody could help me there and I couldn't find what I was looking for, so I'm asking this here.

I'm looking for a "router", supporting gigabit ethernet and at least having four ports. This router should also be able to open its own WLAN network as well as act as repeater for other networks. Support for (multi-stream) 802.11ac WLAN is mandatory. Only if there's really nothing supporting 802.11ac 802.11n would be acceptable but it would have to have good sending power and range and support 2.4 and 5 GHz.

You'll scratch your head now and ask: Why can't a plain router be used for this? - I'm looking for a solution that is not a standard home router and doesn't support connecting to the internet by itself as I consider this an unnecessary feature for this device. Its use-case would be to open a new WLAN network at a physically different location from the internet access point.

Bonus points include:

  • Low price (< $100)
  • A webinterface for configuration purposes
  • Regular updates or really good firmware (really unlikely usually)
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    Well it may be an unnecessary feature, but many home routers can do these tasks, and you'll probably get them cheaper than a dedicated WLAN point.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 17:15
  • @ArtOfCode, from my experience a router with 802.11ac will hardly be available for less than $100 and usually be rather around $200+ and I really hope the dedicated WLAN points are alot cheaper as they don't have all those extraneous features. I think for this question to make more sense I'll drop n support.
    – SEJPM
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 17:19
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    Sure, they're expensive, but the only feature the WLAN point takes out is the Internet connectivity - which is actually a pretty trivial bit of software. There may be a couple of cheaper options around, but I wouldn't be surprised if most were pretty expensive.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 17:21
  • @ArtOfCode Routing traffic between LAN and WAN at 1Gbit/s in software requires more CPU power than most embedded CPUs can deliver.
    – kasperd
    Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 10:37
  • @kasperd The fact that the software used to get a working Internet connection via an ISP is a fairly trivial bit of software.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 10:47


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