Looking for a solution to a customer problem, we found an impressive project in GitHub that we don't want to withhold from you: ESP8266 as a NAT router!
According to the developer, this software solution offers everything a wireless router can do, except for the maximum bandwidth, since the resources of the ESP8266 compared to the chips installed on commercially available routers, but are very limited. The link to the repository can be found here:
To do this, we flash the firmware of the developer with the already known NodeMCUflasher, the two BIN files transferred to the following storage area:
Download our Powerpacks:
Configure the AP for mesh mode as described by martin-ger and distribute our devices in the village:
Each D1 we have drawn with a red circle, the green circles represent start and end points. We have chosen the distribution of the individual nodes so that the repeaters receive about 70% of the signal of the previous node because it was only a matter of determining the stability of the connection and the available maximum bandwidth over 4 nodes. The connection was very stable and 99.8% of the packets sent by us have reached your destination. Only with the bandwidth we had to realize that the promised speed of 5Mbps could not be reached. However, for Messenger, e-mail, and IoT devices, the gross transfer rate is sufficient.
We are happy about feedback :-) Share your successes with us! How far do you extend your Wi-Fi?