Best consumer router for 200 Mbps ISP

Ordering from Amazon USA, it costs about £91 ($113.64) including VAT and delivery.

I am tempted to buy one but I have no logical reason/need to :laughing:

RPi 4B 2GB RAM + TP-Link UE300
RPi CM4 2GB RAM|No MMC|No Wifi + DFRobot IoT Router Carrier Board Mini

The problem though is that RPi devices are currently very hard to get (monitor for availability)

Is that going to get tariffs slapped on it though?

Yep I said thats the one available, I got from scan though its £20 off (they claim today only), just under £70.

That includes vat so shouldn't do.

Do you have the scan link? I can't find it

yeah sure, sorry its £80 not £70, £20 off off.

Ah my bad, I thought you meant the Dynalink DL-WRX36. Can't find that in the UK anywhere

Yep the netgear is the only one I could find aside from the 3 lan port chinese device.

The belkin and linksys are long gone, probably forever, netgear available as seems launched more recently.

Dynalink is spec'd nicely, but I am happy to support the the most FOSS friendly chipset and the wax206 looks like its got lower power consumption as well.

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Makes sense.

Not sure if I will repurpose my C7 or box it, but it has certainly served me well and one of the best value networking devices I have ever purchased. Openwrt made it a beast.

C7 is great. I sold mine on eBay for £40 recently. Resale value is insane.

Archer C7v2 and C5v1 are still good for today as stable, well supported OpenWrt 11ac wave 1 access points with good performance.

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This is the MT7621A chip which is very common in entry level models designed for the $50 - $60 price range, e.g. WAX202. It is suitable for 200 Mb WAN speed. It's not something I'd outright recommend unless price is the #1 consideration. As already discussed, quad core ARM IPQ chips are now showing up in under $100 models and that is a lot more performance.

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I checked out the nand spec for the netgear wax206 as it has no USB port, looks like its good for 100k write cycles, so SLC.

So how much speed on the wire can I expect from "Archer C7"?
If anyone has data with recent stable builds, please update.

Thats an excellent pointer. Thanks.
One of the popular routers with this SoC is TP-Link Archer C6
ToH mentions SoC as MT7621DAT, has full OpenWRT support [no red-flags].

At this point sounds too good to be true. This is cheaper than C7 with double the CPU power.

Thinking of cautiously proceeding, there is slight doubt of version [3.0 TOH page vs 3.2 available on amazon].

What about the Zyxel WSM20 aka Multy M1? Can be found for €30,- new and has MT7621AT Dual-Core CPU with 128MB Flash and 256MB RAM, AX WiFi and 3+1 GBit ports. Only snapshot support.

Archer C7v2 are good as access points today. No routing, no PPPoE, no firewall, no SQM, no DHCP, no DNS, no nothing, just wi-fi bridging with good performance.

If you would like to use Archer C7 v2 for OpenWrt wired ethernet routing, you could probably get 200 Mbit/s through it, without SQM. With SQM and consistent low latency maybe 100 to 120 Mbit/s.

Archer C7 v2 is a single core 720 MHz MIPS CPU. This design QCA9558 is now 10 years old.

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I guess there are many options in theory, however the catch is "availability, price, OpenWRT support without fine-prints, easy debrick/recovery[no HW/soldering]". Something like Archer C7 was ticking-off all checkmarks.
What's the "Archer C7 of 2023" for higher ISP speed, was my original question.

Yes, the WSM20 is going to tick most check marks with the next release. Until then, it's only snapshot. (Recovery is not difficult, but you need serial access). But IMHO the price is nearly unbeatable.