Installing OpenWrt on the Mikrotik hap-ac

Posted on December 1, 2019 by Collin J. Doering

Recently I purchased a Mikrotik hap-ac router as I am in the process of moving away from the unify access points I currently use in my home network. The main reasons for this is the numerous GPL violations, the introduction of a call home feature without telling users, as well as the lack of deeper control that only comes with open source software. In any case, the end goal is to leverage Openwisp as the wireless access point controller, and OpenWrt powered access points everywhere in the house. One nice thing about using OpenWrt is that my older Unify AC-LR, also supports it, so I can use a similar process to the one I will describe in this article to leverage my older equipment in the case I do not sell it right away.

This article will detail how to install OpenWrt on the Mikrotik hap-ac router, but will save setup of the access points as well as Openwisp to another article.