Some may ask... why bother with the old compaqs and dells?
I would say cost and reliability!!
In some economies of the world as Julio pointed out on another forum... import duty of 60% plus local taxes can render huge costs for community wireless groups. Units can suddenly double in cost
If we can recycle reliable old intel pc's certainly for gateways it is a bonus.This can get community networks up and running quickly and eficiently.
Ideally we want the Batman/Robin to work and mesh cross platforms.
The reliability issue also needs considering. Our compaqs are still running and running... several years later. I however have some meraki units which are very iffy and only a few months old. They can run very hot! Its not good planning if we have to swap out these new units every few months....
Do others agree with this thinking?