I was wondering: All those routers like Belkin RT3200 that don't have any external antennas, despite of being really powerful internally, do they perform right signal-wise?
Fairly new Belkin RT3200 user here, bought for $67 on eBay in January (U.S.).
I, too, was concerned about the lack of external antennas as soon as I unboxed it, but I must report that I am absolutely loving it for the upgrade to WiFi 6 (I have a Pixel 6 Pro that goes up to 6E), amongst other reasons.
The RT3200 is as good or better in both speed & coverage when compared to a WiFi 5 router I originally bought in 2019 and was using for years, a TP-Link Archer A10 — with its three large external antennas.
As an anecdote, I can sit in my car in the parking lot, a good distance from the RT3200 indoors, and still have a usable signal. The range is only marginally weaker compared to my Archer A10 (anecdotally; I have not measured this in any way other than random speed tests and noticing the distance at which I was still connected to the RT3200's WiFi).
I am using the latest advanced feature additions in OpenWrt snapshot (like ondemand CPU governing, 160MHz width, beam-forming, hardware acceleration, upgraded MediaTek MT7622BV & MT7915E drivers) and feel like I'm getting a lot of value out of this cheap and powerful little thing. Bonus: I was able to give the Archer A10 to my mom to fix her house's problematic and aging WiFi.
Yeah Dynalink is a beast for those price, i've got last one from amazon.de and i'm waiting for them back in stock to buy more. Currently had tested usb filesharing with samba 4 and 1TB hdd in cheap usb 3.0 adapter and it speeding to little over 100MB/s o ever wifi with 80MHz or 160MHz channel , 16MB/s torrenting with transmission encrypted traffic. Notice that 1GB of ram is very usefull , never got random reboot etc .
Probably because there is no one taking such requests. Doing so would involve a lot of money and time, both of which are in short demand - if you want to see it supported, it would be up to you yourself to do the development.
I have one acting as my primary Internet router for a few days already. While i can not comment about NAT performance due to my limited bandwith, iperf was ale to saturate the 2.5 Gbit/s port without issues and WiFi performance did exceed 1 Gbit/s.
I have a working tree in my tufax4200 branch. Issue at the moment is the bootloader not booting master kernel as it attempts to reserve the non-DDR memory regions for WED. I did ping Felix about that and he looks into a fix.
Installation requires a serial console, as the bootloaders flash boot procedure does not allow for booting FIT images with initrd integrated. This might be fixable in the future.
Only thing not working on the HW itself is the LAN LEDs.
I've come back and just tested NAT performance. My test-setup was limited to 1 Gbit/s, but i was able to push 941 Mbit/s NAT traffic between LAN and WAN. Also Felix did push a fix for the WED memory regions, I've rebased my branch onto master and nothing obvious broke.
I've added installation instructions from my memory, Once I've verified these were indeed correct the patches will be upstreamed.
Also, please keep discussion public (aka here) and don't message me in private about images, etc. There's nothing to gain here in 1:1 communication.