I'm trying to locate a relatively low-cost router that supports gigabit ethernet and 802.11AC. Unfortunately, I'm currently finding a bunch of devices listed as supporting OpenWRT are only sold for about four times their component price. The one I have seen that is at something approaching reasonable is the TP-Link Archer C7 1750, which seems supported. I may go with this, but I note the following caveats about it:
- V5 is supported, but most online sites don't make it clear which version is being sold. The last thing I need is to buy an older version and end up with the worst of both worlds.
- It has only 16M flash and 128M RAM. I've heard that, when running an AC network, 128M of RAM is serviceable but not recommended.
I'm wondering whether people here have suggestions for other routers supporting these faster connection types that are sold at some reasonable price. Since I'm going to reflash OpenWRT onto it immediately after I get it, I don't care if it has a companion app for remote control [inward shudder at security profile of that idea] which seems to be one of the major reasons for jacking the price up on all the comparable units.
I don't have any requirements other than 802.11AC WiFi and gigabit ethernet ports to make that worthwhile. It doesn't need much more processing than needed to do the routing, as other services will run on client devices. Thank you all for your suggestions.