I know there are multiple threads on this.
But my query is very specific. Please hear me out.
So far I have been using TP-Link 1043ND/ Archer C7 for upto 100 Mbps ISP.
These devices have been very OpenWRT friendly in installation and de-bricking.
For 1 Gpbs, it's no-brainer, I moved to x86 [I use intel J1900 4-lan mini-PC, in the sweet spot for price and availability].
Now I am looking for something in-between.
All I need is 200 Mbps support [I tried hw-offload, it didn't work with mwan last time I tried 3 years back]
So what's the equivalent of Archer-C7/1043ND for a 200-300 Mbps ISP?
Is there any dual-core 1Ghz consumer router easily supported by OpenWRT?
I say consumer router mainly for availability. I don't care about WiFi, I can use separate APs.
hey, thanks for the reply.
C2600 looks perfect. What's the catch?
Cost almost same as Archer-C7 and CPU is double the speed.
No red flags either on the ToH page. https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer_c2600_v1
Why do you say WiFi can possibly be an issue?
The c2600 is ipq8064 based, while the r7800/ xr500 or nbg6817 (or rac2v1k in North America) would be ipq8065 based, newer (faster) SOC and wireless as well as more flash; furthermore recovery (should that become necessary) is more cumbersome than the very mature and reliable recovery methods of the r7800/ xr500 or nbg6817.
In the end, it's mostly a question of availability and pricing - and the question of 'why not 802.11ax', as dl-wrx36/ rt3200 (new from the store) may even be cheaper than the ipq806x/ 802.11ac options in used condition.
It wasn't so simple.
What I thought was C2600 on amazon, is actually Archer A10.
Now, C2600 is out of circulation.
Archer A10 is MediaTek based, 800+ Mhz, could've been an improvement over Archer-C7 but as of now NO OpenWRT support.
So I am back to square one.
Basically, there is NO consumer router out there with 1Ghz CPU single core [Or dual-core 700+ Mhz], which would be a true replacement of Archer/TP-Link 1043N/841N] in 2023, in terms of pricing and availability. Sounds dramatic but true.
Some of the fancier routers above mentioned are crossing x86 mini-PCs in pricing, even if OpenWRT support is possible.
If you already have an x86 platform, why not just use that? Unless you have concerns about power consumption (which would be negligible with the J1900's TDP of 10W and the fact that you would be using separate WAPs anyway), OpenWRT doesn't get any friendlier when it's running on x86. And needless to say, anything that can handle 1 Gbps can easily handle slower speeds. So why would you spend extra money on a slower consumer router?
tl;dr: find and buy your supported ipq4019 device for the quick and easy solution. If you like to enjoy 11ax wi-fi and SQM shaped routing capacity of 400+ Mbps: find your preferred available mt7622 model.