[OpenWrt-Devel] Dual Wifi for OpenWRT

Bruno Randolf br1 at einfach.org
Sat Jan 10 15:56:37 EST 2015

On 01/10/2015 08:38 PM, David Lang wrote:
> I would not expect to find consumer hardware that had two radios on the
> 2.4GHz band, the problems that you would run into trying to keep the
> output of one radio from deafening the other (if not outright popping
> the receiver amps) would be significant (to say the least). It could be
> done, but it would take antenna setups that you just don't see mass
> produced to even get started.

Right, that is a good explanation why no consumer HW with this feature

> Even the "enterprise" grade hardware that has multiple radios tends to
> have problems with this. It takes having very directional antennas to
> try and keep as much of the signal away from the other radio to even start.

Hmm... Yes antenna placement is important and difficult, but I know
setups where this works quite well. E.g. using RouterStation Pro with 3
MiniPCI cards (ath5k/ath9k).

> What is it that you are trying to accomplish?

For one part I'm trying to find alternatives to that RouterStationPro
board which is EOL.

But in the current case I actually want to have one or more radios in
monitor mode (running "horst", switching thru channels) and another one
for connectivity (mesh). In this case the interference problems you
mention don't exist, but I admit that this is not a very usual
use-case... ;)

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