Hardware advise (cheap, good support and available in Germany)

Since my old router is a bit limited with its resources, I am looking for alternatives to run OpenWrt on.

I already searched the forum a bit, but am a bit lost (different requirements, newer hardware revisions that are unsupported etc.).

My requirements are that it should be ceap, have sufficient resources (so at least 8 MB flash; 64 MB RAM) and available in Germany (meaning it either can be ordered easily via Amazon.de or maybe from other sites like Aliexpress if Chinese products prove to have much better prices). And good support from OpenWrt would be nice.

Edit: Further information:

  • Currently running 10-15 clients.
  • ISP Speed is around 100 Mbit/s up and down.
  • Should have 4 free LAN ports (minimum is 2).

What is considered cheap? What is the budget?

It depends. I want to get a good price for the value. So either a pretty low end device for around 20€ or a better device with capabilities like Gigabit Ethernet, maybe Dual Band WLAN, USB etc. for a bit more. Currently I have the problem to find good candidates with good price/performance ratio etc. that I could compare.

Linksys EA6350 v3 is a good price/performance choice. I see no reason to buy really low end one band devices now.


Linksys EA6350 (v3) was found on Amazon UK for 34£ recently.

It is not there now (:- for that price. It was amazing why it was so cheap.

This is just outside of the 4/32 limits that currently are deprecated, it might make sense, if finances allow, to aim for >= 16/128 especially if the router is supposed to run additional services or, according to @jeff?, if it uses the ath10K wifi chips.

Well, I have a Raspberry Pi to run some additional services, so I think I can save some money if I go with lower specs. If that is not the case, of course I am willing to go for better specs.

Question for those with European experience - BT Open Hub at 100 Mbps as a “5€” solution??

What about this one for 30€: https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer-c50

There are other targets in the same category: http://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/18.06.4/targets/ramips/mt76x8/

I also have been thinking about this one. However It appears to be a bit expensive for the specs?

That Archer C50 or other devices with 8/64, 100 Mbps Ethernet, and a 500 MHz class, MIPS-based SoC already have their head on the chopping block.

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You mean resources are critical for them?

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IMHO routers can be bought second hand pretty save. You might consider a TP-Link C7 or an Asus AC66U as well. Both have ac-wifi, for example.

I think he means 8 MB ram might be a problem in the near future and a 16/128 device might last longer.
You can try snag a Archer C7 v2-5 on ebay (not the v1 !), which are the first "archers" with 16/128 and are in circulation for quite a while.

I bought once Xiaomi mini and it had unusable 2.4 Wi-Fi. So no second hand any more

Hm, I am not that much into buying used stuff, especially when there is not that big price benefit like the BT Home Hub might offer.

I am now thinking about a device from Xiaomi, they seem to offer pretty high specs, only 2 ethernet ports. But I might be able to reduce my use of them. I will edit the first post accordingly.

I had a closer look on the Xiaomi routers now. The Xiaomi 3G router seems pretty decent: https://openwrt.org/toh/xiaomi/mir3g

It is available for ca. 30 € including shipping to Germany and tax coverage on chinabrands.com. I only need to find out whether the power plug is suitable for the EU. I think this is one of the devices with the best price/performance ratio one can currently get.

These should have a standard 12 volt 5.5/2.1 mm power input and the MT7621 chipset doesn't require much current. I would suggest sourcing the adapter separately and not using the very cheap one that they supply.

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These devices are cheap but not very reliable.

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