Linksys Velop WHW03v1 similar enough to ASUS Lyra?

I couldn't find a lot of discussions around Linksys Velop. I've grown old of not having OpenWRT because I moved into a three story house 12 months ago, and I decided to try something main-stream. :open_mouth:

The Specs between the Velop and Lyra look very similar. The Velop has 512MB RAM vs 256MB, 4GB Flash vs 128MB, Different Bluetooth chipset, I didn't see any CSR BT in the supported hardware database, but I don't use BT. The Velop also has ZigBee, which I don't use either.

In the past I was spoiled because I used a Merlin build for my Asus devices. I see I will need to dust off some cobwebs, and hope by brain hasn't turned into teflon when I'm trying to absorb how to embrace loading OpenWRT on the set of 3 - Linksys Velop WHW03v1 access points.

I'm a complete newbie, so I apologize in advance for all the taboo things I may have just done. :pleading_face:

Cheers,
-Jason

Linksys Velop
https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Linksys_Velop_(WHW03)
Spec:
CPU: Qualcomm IPQ4019 (Quad-core Wave2 2T2R abgn/ac WiSoC)
Flash: Samsung KLM4G1FEPD (4GB eMMC), RAM: 512MB (DDR3)
2.4GHz Radio: Qualcomm IPQ4019 + 2x MSC5533621E (2.4GHz PA)
5GHz Radio #1: Qualcomm IPQ4019 + 2x Skyworks SKY85408-11 (PA)
5GHz Radio #2: QCA QCA9886 (2T2R) + 2x Skyworks SKY85408-11 (PA)
ZigBee: Silicon Labs EM3581 (SoC) + SiGe SE2432L (2.4GHz FEM)
Bluetooth: CSR (CSR1021/CSR8510 ?) Bluetooth 4.0 LE SoC
Switch: Qualcomm Atheros QCA8072 GbE (1x LAN/1x WAN)

ASUS Lyra
https://git.openwrt.org/?p=openwrt/openwrt.git;a=log;h=9ad3967f140bd6d08796f1ec151b753186b3eb44
Spec:
pq40xx: add support for ASUS Lyra

SoC: Qualcomm IPQ4019 (Dakota) 717 MHz, 4 cores
RAM: 256 MiB (Nanya NT5CC128M16IP-DI)
FLASH: 128 MiB (Macronix NAND)
WiFi0: Qualcomm IPQ4019 b/g/n 2x2
WiFi1: Qualcomm IPQ4019 a/n/ac 2x2
WiFi2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9886 a/n/ac
BT: Atheros AR3012
IN: WPS Button, Reset Button
OUT: RGB-LED via TI LP5523 9-channel Controller
UART: Front of Device - 115200 N-8
Pinout 3.3v - RX - TX - GND (Square is VCC)

The Asus lyra is supported by OpenWrt, the Linksys velop is not. While, judging from the system specifications, the velop should be supportable (with a question mark for the zigbee hardware), someone with the device on their desk will still have to do the porting work. This someone might be you, but it's not a walk in the park and neither newbie friendly (no, router firmwares are not generic enough to install a lyra firmware on a velop, not by far).

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If interested, I am actually trying to port V1 to Openwrt, with the main objective to learn and then port V2.

Still on early stages as WiFi driver does not work, but code is on GitHub.

I've opened a walkthrough post in this forums as well.

I ported partially WHW03v1 with some hacks, but seems to be working.

If you are interested I can send you an image to try.

I've got a couple of WHW03v1 I can try your image on.