So I am looking to upgrade my wifi router. My requirements are:
Gigabit speeds (lan and wifi)
Ad blocking (especially YouTube on TV and phone apps)
VPN support (server side, extremely minimal use, one client only, used to manage network and connect to home PC).
Possibly as a dlna or media server through usb HDD (so USB 3.0)
Currently I have a western digital my net n750 running openwrt but this can no longer support my internet speed.
I have browsed the supported hardware list and nothing really stands out to me in the sub $200 range. Asus routers looked good except for proprietary drivers. TP-link seems good as well but is a marginal upgrade seeing as how I don't have any AC devices.
I have thought about buying an unsupported device and using my current hardware as a wifi repeater, gigabit switch and dns server for ad blocking but then I lose the advanced firewall functionality and all the other goodies stock firmware lacks.
So I am at a standstill. Does anyone have any advice? Anyone know where the future of ad blocking is going? I am really tired of my toddlers crying when their abc song is interrupted by some obnoxious advertisement aimed at adults.