So I’m trying to build a router. Just need something to handle the networking in my house and the plan is to separate things out via virtual local area networks. Anyway, reading a bunch of threads and comments, I think my design will be something akin to this. Is this good or bad? Ultimately I wanna run OPNSense since that’s what most people recommend.

NanoPi as a hub: https://a.aliexpress.com/_EHU4JCV

AX3000 as an AP: https://a.aliexpress.com/_EzPBBVX

Network Switch: https://a.aliexpress.com/_EITz5Gz

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    Ultimately I wanna run OPNSense since that’s what most people recommend.

    Why? From your description it doesn’t seem like you need it. You’ve a small / normal network and OpenWRT will provide you with a much cleaner open-source experience and also allow for all the customization you would like.

    Do you have any hard requirements that requires you to have the router and AP in separate devices?

    If you don’t I’ll suggest you have a look at the BananaPi BPi R3 and here as it is a very good option with a 4 core CPU, 2GB of RAM Wifi6 and two 2.5G SFP ports besides the 4 ethernet ports. There’s also an upcoming board the BPI-R4 with optional Wifi 7 and 10G SPF.

    There’s also a TON of other OpenWrt capable routers you can check at https://openwrt.org/toh/views/toh_available_16128_ax-wifi and https://openwrt.org/toh/views/toh_available_864_ac-wifi. Those are more commercial (easier to get) hardware that runs OpenWrt well and will allow full control and customization as well.