Hi, I have both R7800/EA8500 on hands. When I connected them with a 12V lab power supply to check the power consumption, my R7800 is significantly on high current than EA8500. My testing results is rough data on only 1 sample each. Maybe not correct. Both sets run almost same hnyman builds and same other conditions. The LEDs should not use much current. (3mA for 1 LED, 10 LEDs 30mA only).
Consider the router is working 24h/day, I use EA8500 as my ISP router, and R7800 for testing new openwrt build
Because I'm an engineer, always try to do my best for everything. It's releted performance/cost.
I also have other openwrt routers, Xiaomi 4A gigabit and Xiaomi 4C, the power consumption is lower than ipq806x, the internet speed (Xiaomi 4A gigabit) even fast then those ipq806x router for normal user.
Xiaomi 4A ~ 900M/bps on speedtest, but my R7800/EA8500 only 700M/bps, same conditions. (I'll try NSS build to see if it can be improved).
If I'm not a gammer, not using VPN, and not using other hi-loading encrypt/decrypt, just access internet Youtube.... It means I donot need such hi-end SOC router?
I wonder why ipq806x router cannot do hi-speed near ISP (1Gbps) for normal user (all run OpenWrt official builds, donot consider variants).
In the past I had issues with ath10k-ct. Now everything is running great, both 5ghz and 2.4ghz.
With that being said, I don't have many old 2.4ghz devices. The oldest is device is an old netbook (running Windows 10 and Linux).
2.4ghz suffers from interference from microwaves, bluetooth, every wireless access point ever, personal hotspots, baby monitors, etc, etc. Most wifi devices only connect with a 20mhz wide connection (1/4 of a typical 5ghz 80mhz wide connection)
Expecting good performance on the congested 2.4ghz band while you wait for airtime after all these other devices have already “phoned home” is futile.
Good expectation management is to put internet of things devices on 2.4ghz (don’t care about latency or speed, just need a connection). Put all you faster devices on 5ghz only.