I have a serious question about how developing is ongoing.
In one hand we have no new devices with fully working drivers. In some devices there are no 5 GHz drivers are working in others there is no Mesh-networking-support in others there are no drivers for Modem, Broadcom chipsets etc etc...
So to be honest, there is no device to fit most needs of users.
In the other hand there are more or less well developed devices like WR841. There is a lot of work around that device, but is struggeling like hundreds of other devices to get an update to Openwrt 18.06 with a few features.
My opinion is there are 5 Major needs:
These needs are:
- wireguard (to have a fast, modern, simple and secure connection to your home network)
- mesh-networks (wifi)
- low power consumption (That's the major point for the "old" 432 devices)
- highest possible througput like I read with "Flow offload" / HW NAT (more than 40 MBit/s - 50 MBit/s, like the original FW often achieve around 80 MBit/s which is in my opinion still ok atm under the major focus).
- USB-Function for Print-Server/NAS/external Wifi-Extensions or to build a low power stand alone internet radio for example.
Nearly every device of the 7xx, 8xx, 9xx series of TP-Link are such 432-devices and have in my opinion good reasons to keep alive.
So what can we do?
In my opinion we should care and deliver good descriptions how to upgrade these devices with "Extroot", maybe with FTP, NFS and Samba/Cifs share vor /overload-Partition AND deliver a how to upgrade the devices from 4 MB flash to 16 MB and the RAM from 32 MB to at least 64 MB.
Why? The Flash and RAM is cheap. You get a flash and RAM together for under 2$, maybe 1$. See my links. These are really low end investments. - The only annoying thing is about to buy a programmer for programming the flash. - Maybe we will find a good solution to use already the socket of the WR841 etc. device or how to programm with cheap laying around tools. There are also ready-made PCB on ebay for Arduino (around 3$) with soldered inputs to easily programm the flash-chips Flash-PCB
In the end it should be still possible to use the Chef Imagebuilder to be able to quickly and easiely compile images.
I also already read this about upgrading Flash to 16MB: Flash-Upgrade
So I wanna start a quick and easy installation guide and need your help to collect all the information together.
What are your opinions about the future development?
I also here for example for EasyBox904 there are problems while it's now necessary to change from JFFS to other File-Systems... - I don't know why, but another good example that there is no new and especially no "ALL-IN-ONE" device which has a good support for the necessary major focus and needs.