GL.iNET Flint 2 (GL-MT6000) discussions

https://www.mediatek.com/products/broadband-wifi/mediatek-filogic-880

Ethernet
2x USXGMII or USXGMII and one 2.5Gbe PHY + 4x 1GbE ports

10 GbE would be wired routing. I think this would only be a benefit in rare cases today and in the next coming years for small office and home office use cases.

OpenWrt is more about wireless routers. With 11ax and two streams you could get 2.4 Gbps raw interface connection rates if your 160 MHz channel is free of any other SSID, shortest distance, no other traffic and just one 2x2 station talking to the AP.

I more see a benefit in 4x4 2.4 GHz 11ax support from Filogic devices, official 160 MHz channel support from Mediatek and the quad core ARMv8 SoC. This is the real world improvement over previous MT7622 with MT7915 wireless router generation.

10 GE wired routing: I would really like to see someone actually show a real benefit from a small cheap wireless router this year.

As this and Asus AX6000 (TUF-AX6000) appear to be similar.
If money was not the deciding factor, which one is likley to be more stable/durable.? Just wondering as Asus is more reputable

Similar yes, but the GL has 2x the ram and 32x the storage, and looks a bit less silly without all those antennas. I'll stick with my GL preorder, should be reputable enough with all their solid travel routers.

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Just noticed that the pre-order price has increased to €134,73.
Any of the (super) early birds here having received a delivery notification ?

Yes and their other site has increased to US$129 from US$109.

I ordered one at the old price on about Nov 15 and received an email stating that they've increased their staff to meet demand and deadlines and should start shipping from Nov 21. I think they said they are still being hand assembled but they want to move these to a production line.

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Unprecedented Preorder Success:

We are thrilled to inform you that the Flint 2 preorder campaign exceeded our expectations. The response from our valued customers has been overwhelming, and we sincerely appreciate your enthusiastic support.

Mass Production in Full Swing:

As of this week, we have initiated the mass production of the Flint 2. This significant milestone brings us one step closer to delivering this cutting-edge device to your doorstep. We are excited to announce that dispatches will commence on November 21st, 2023.

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Meeting Demand Challenges:

Given the tremendous demand, we have expanded our workforce to expedite the fulfillment process. However, despite our best efforts, the sheer volume of preorders means it will take some time to dispatch all devices. We want to assure you that every effort is being made to get your Flint 2 to you as swiftly as possible.
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I want to ask a question, why is IPQ8072A so powerful? At least that’s what Qualcomm’s official website says, but wireguard or wifi6 is very slow, only 200Mbps at most. shadowsocks or v2ray is up to 300mbps.
So I want to ask, is it because ipq8072a does not have hardware acceleration? Investigate why is this? NSS has never yielded any results. Could it be said that the hardware of ipq8072a is not as good as MTK?
I've never had such good results with the 301w, which disappoints me.

@solidus1983, I see how you mention how to install OpenWRT, but do these instructions include the uBoot/UBI portion? When installing the RT3200 there was a special "ubi" image that was needed: reference documentation for RT3200

    Power down the Unit
    Press and Hold Reset
    Re-apply power whilst reset is still pressed in
    Head to http://192.168.1.1
    Flash the openwrt-mediatek-filogic-glinet_gl-mt6000-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin

It will then reboot into openwrt.

As for Flash the OpenWRT uboot part, thats a choice its not required at all.

Other than on the Belkin RT3200/Linksys E8450 the bootloader GL.iNet ships on their devices is usable and sane enough, so it doesn't need to be replaced. However, they were nice enough to even provide U-Boot sources for the device, so if you want to, you still can replace the bootloader quite easily, lets say if you want to, e.g. to have a dual-boot setup.

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I pre-ordered two of these to replace my Belkin RT3200's. I should be able to get a faster mesh connection between the two at 160Mhz and may be able to see 1Gb WAN throughput using PPoE + VLAN tagging without offloading.

I'm interested in knowing if I will be able to flash back to stock firmware tben back to openwrt through the web interface as I don't plan on replacing uboot if I don't have to. I also wanted to know if I can restore my Belkin config to the new routers?

Thank you.

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Reverting to stock is trivial with GL.iNet devices because their firmware image is compatible with (or rather: based on) OpenWrt's image format. So you can easily flash OpenWrt in their stock firmware, and also easily flash their stock firmware when running OpenWrt.

No, that will need at least some editing, because Ethernet and Wireless settings are quite hardware dependent. I recommend to start off using a new configuration.

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The MT6000 doesn't need the same setup as the RT3200 the instructions given is how i flashed the router.

IF you continue to use GL-iNets bootloader you use the sysupgrade image, if you flash the openwrt bootloader then you must use the full-factory image. Its that easy.

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just to expand my noob knowledge......
Is there a difference between the Openwrt and GL-inet loader? Or is the GL-inet loader essentially identical to the Openwrt one as they use a lot of Openwrt stuff.

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Yes the GL-Inet bootload has a HTTPS server that runs should you need to flash a new image via uboot, whilst openwrt is menu based and only accessable as far as I know via serial TTL and requires a TFTP server.

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One could assume that the GL-inet loader is more advanced or is it just cosmetics.

One has a WebUI (GL-iNet) the other doesn't and relies on UART serial connection and a TFTP server.

Is it possible to flash OpenWRT on this device and keep the GL-inet Uboot?

Yes you use the Sysupgrade image

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Excellent! I have two on order.

Excellent! I have two on order.

Me too but they changed the expected shipping date to:

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They started shipping 11/20 but have a backlog of orders.