OpenWRT, WiFi 6E
& Mesh Standard
OpenWRT, WiFi 6E & Mesh Standard for Wireless Routers: Software Development and Porting
OpenWRT is one of the most demanded Embedded Linux distribution kits for network devices. This operating system is used in routers and access points that we design for our clients.
The Promwad engineers are ready to solve any task in the field of OpenWRT. Besides, we can help you design hardware and develop software for new mesh Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 6E routers.
Maximize your value
From our experience, the development of customized hardware from scratch is not reasonable in most cases. Using ready OEM solutions is more profitable in terms of time and costs. We have friendly OpenWRT platforms that are even suitable for the design of specialised network equipment. We can adapt these platforms for your specific requirements, reducing shortening your time to market with a new product.
The main advantage of OpenWRT is adaptation simplicity under specific requirements of a particular project
Unlike firmware designed by CPE vendors upon SDK, OpenWRT is more flexible when setting it, thanks to the latest BSP and drivers versions
OpenWRT-based software is easy to port to other hardware platforms (if to compare with firmware transfer from Qualcomm/ Atheros SDK to Realtek SDK)
Where is OpenWRT used?
OpenWRT operating system is the right choice for the design of network devices that are not limited by standard router functions. However, this kind of distribution kit will not match the case of strict RAM and flash memory requirements. We also advise not to use OpenWRT in an operator’s network environment with the TR-069 management protocol and the auto provisioning technology, which centrally manages the settings of IP phones.
Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax is the latest version of the 802.11 standard for wireless data exchange.
Wi-Fi 6 significantly outperforms previous versions, even though users might not notice the difference. These changes do not revolutionize wireless routers and networks, but they include numerous enhancements:
- support for potentially higher connection speeds
- better support for the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices
- solution for coverage issues
- greater channel width
Wi-Fi 6E refers to an extension of the Wi-Fi 6 standard. It consists of 14 additional radio channels at 80 MHz each and seven more at 160 MHz. However, these channels span the 6 GHz band, unlike all previous Wi-Fi standards with 2.4 or 5 GHz channels. That is why the main difference between Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E lies in the used frequencies: only Wi-Fi 6e can operate on 6 GHz frequencies.
The higher the frequency, the more data can be sent with minor delays. Although, the disadvantage is that the higher frequency implies a weaker ability to penetrate walls and barriers or overcome obstacles. Therefore, Wi-Fi 6E offers maximum performance at near distances or in open spaces.
Wi-Fi Alliance developed a Wi-Fi EasyMesh certification to standardize mesh networks.
Wi-Fi EasyMesh is an easy-to-use standard for utilizing multiple access points. Among the benefits of EasyMesh are self-adaptation and the capability of adding Wi-Fi EasyMesh access points by numerous vendors.
If you seek stable, smart, and efficient Wi-Fi at home and in outdoor facilities, then Wi-Fi EasyMesh is a perfect fit.
What is a mesh network?
Providing efficient data routing between networking devices and the consistent connection via a physical space is the reason why mesh networks appeared.
Mesh networks or mesh network topology are essentially a group of connected networking devices. They are referred as nodes and connected so that each node has multiple paths to all the rest.
There are two types of mesh topology:
- In a full mesh topology, each node connects directly to others.
- In a partial mesh network, only part of the nodes is connected.
What are the benefits of a mesh network?
A secure node easily replaces the node at risk during possible attacks.
Single troubles in the network do not disrupt the entire network. What is more, mesh networks have fewer dead spots.
Other types of network configurations require more complex infrastructure than mesh networks do.
We are ready to design hardware & software for home or office mesh Wi-Fi 6 or 6E routers. We strive to meet all your requirements, providing high throughput performance, good signal coverage, additional connectivity modules (USB, ZigBee, Bluetooth, etc.), and more.
Advantages of cooperation with Promwad
A great variety of tested hardware platforms
We operate with most chips and CPEs used in routers: Realtek, MediaTek/Ralink, Marvell, Qualcomm/Atheros.
Direct contact with OEMs and chip vendors
We have established long-standing partnerships with OEM suppliers and chip vendors who reply to our requests.
Production and technical support in China
We organize mass production of electronic devices at the rates of the manufacturer. Any problem can be solved at site because our representative engineer is constantly present in China.
Quick start of software development
We have lots of OpenWRT-compatible development kits and finished circuit boards to start your software development process immediately.
Explore our case-study
WA-9312 wireless AP/router is designed for people on the go. Multifunctional capabilities, high-performance throughput, and high-quality security.
"Promwad engineers have been developing network devices since the very first days of the company. We have gained the knowledge and experience of OpenWRT implementation in customized solutions: smart access points, data hubs, smart home controllers, network probes and analyzers, and aggregation devices for network and mobile traffic. You can see examples of our implemented projects in our portfolio."
— Ivan Kuten, Promwad co-owner and CTO
Our Case-Studies in Telecom Industry
Would you like to apply OpenWRT, Wi-Fi 6E or mesh standard in your project?
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