So I bought a R8500 in 2016 thinking it would last a couple of years... I didn't think it was going to be exactly a couple of years though. I was using ddwrt but I find the lack of organization, unmaintained forum, divided (?) contributors painful although I love the firmware (to an extent). I wanted to switch to openwrt for a couple of months now.
I would like an ax compatible router but I guess I would pay a premium (again!) so no thank you - ehhh maybe?
I would like something that can handle traffic. I hate waiting and I hate lags.
4 raspberry pi
4 iot devices (smart plugs)
1 voip box
2 Nintendo switch
Plenty of QoS, static IPs, open ports and iptable rules.
I also have - or had - an isolated 2.4GHz AP that is shared openly with my neighbours.
I would normally compare and think about my next router for 6 to 8 weeks but I'd like to order tomorrow because internet.
I found the WRT32X (260 CAD) and the WRT3200ACM (320 CAD) from linksys that looks good and since their WRT relaunch, it seems they are doing ok now with the openwrt community.
There is a 60 $ price difference, I'm not sure why.
Are they any good? They looks good. Is there anything else out there similar with similar or lower price?
Good OpenWRT compatibility / "long term" firmware update is important, I want security patches.
Thanks for reading this. I'm waiting in front of my screen
EDIT: I do not want Google/Amazon/Huawei devices. (Huawei could do it though, I don't hate them as much). I read here than Qualcomm have good chips, but I just read that the WRT have Marvell chips. Any difference?