I have been building (and publishing) a build for WNDR3700/3800 for five years. That router, although old by current standards, still answers my needs. The router has also an excellent TFTP recovery functionality, which is important in the long run when living on the bleeding edge.
But I have been wondering in any case if I should buy a newer router and start exploring that. Two top choices below:
- wrt1900ac series seems to be the most active new powerful router in the Openwrt forum. But that has a wifi driver with a rather closed-looking development (mwlwifi) and introductions of new devices to the series have been somewhat buggy, so I wonder about the long-term life of that choice
- LEDE got NBG6817 (Zyxel Armor Z2, AC2600) support yesterday and that is a dual-core device with AC2600, based on ath10k wifi with ipq806 platform, so I wonder about that.
Pricewise both wrt1900acs and nbg6817 seems to about ~200+ EUR in Finland, so there is not much difference.
Any comments on those two? Any other suggestions? What could be a nice router for the next 3-5 years?
After some discussion, I ended up with buying Netgear Nighthawk R7800 X4S AC2600 router. (IPQ8065 QCA9984 ath10k)
But I hope that discussion here continues and interesting options get introduced.