Is GL.iNet MT3000 a good choice for now?

It seems that GL.iNet has open source firmware for it, but for now OpenWrt doesn't have official support for MT3000, is it wise to buy it?

SoC in question: MT7981B

It isn't among the supported SoCs for AX devices

Might want to read Easiest/fastest way to get an OpenWrt Router: Gl.iNet

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Right, I read it, maybe MT1300 (SoC: MT7621A) is a better option for now

Given the negligible price difference, I'd get the AR-300 instead.

It is supported in the new release candidates for openwrt 23, if you want to check it out.

Couldn't find the MT3000 on the OpenWrt 23.05.0-rc2 - Second Release Candidate - 28 June 2023



Has someone here tried the release candidate for the gl-mt3000?
I'm about to pull the trigger but unsure if I will be happy with it.

Then you flash it back ?

I meant that I am about to buy it but still hesitate.

I have the GL-MT3000 (Beryl AX). I was initially using it with GL-iNet OEM firmware but that contains Mediatek proprietary wifi driver and I experienced some latency (bufferbloat) with it.

I flashed OpenWrt 23.05-SNAPSHOT and it has been wonderful using it with the open-source mt76 wifi driver. Latency wise I feel it is better than the ath11k driver+firmware used in my Dynalink DL-WRX36.

However I feel that GL-MT3000 (Beryl AX) (both GL-iNet OEM firmware and OpenWrt firmware) has a shorter wifi range compared to Dynalink DL-WRX36, which is expected since this is supposed to be a travel router.

I do like the ease of use of GL-iNet OEM firmware interface and the pre-installed packages and preset config. It is a little more work to setup the similar set of features in a vanilla OpenWrt system (packages are there in the repos but the config has to be setup manually).

If you haven't bought the GL-MT3000 (Beryl AX) yet and you need the wifi range of a proper full-sized router, I suggest waiting for the GL-MT6000 (Flint 2) which may launch any day now.

There's already a Pull Request in GitHub for GL-MT6000

I haven't tried the RC, but did run master snapshots in late August for a trip to Iceland. I had power issues specific to my configuration ( GL-MT3000 (MT7981) USB host reliability - #5 by fdm ) but once I solved the power supply issues, it was quite stable.

I saw some evidence of a possible memory leak, I haven't taken the time to track it down, partly because I'm back from my trip.

As others have mentioned, the range is quite poor compared to most other products. Usually wasn't a problem in Iceland, except in one place where I kept the router in the living room of our rental and it had problems reaching phones/tablets in my bedroom.