Qualcomm Atheros preferred?

The OpenWrt Buyer Guide changed a bit recently:


OpenWrt ​does not recommend any hardware or manufacturer!


OpenWrt recommends Qualcomm Atheros chipset devices

Is the same valid for LEDE?

I don't think such a recommendation would be a good idea - and contrary to ath9k, ath10k is not without its own share of problems (and the same is true for mwlwifi or mt76).

That change should be reverted in Openwrt wiki.

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@psyborg not sure if it was you doing the mentioned edit.
In case it was you: Could you comment on this change and the rationale behind it?

I edited the page to revert the recommendation claim, as to my knowledge there is no official recommendation.

In any case, there is no good reason to blindly recommend just one chip manufacturer.

Thank you Hannu!

Well, no, but the other side of that is there are chip manufacturers that can't be supported for wifi cough broadcom cough

We mention this in https://lede-project.org/toh/views/toh_available_864:

Devices with Broadcom WiFi chipsets have limited LEDE supportability (due to limited FLOSS driver availability for Broadcom chips)

I think something like this would be handy to give people an idea in terms of performance / what to expect?

It's recommended D-Link DIR-860L but this router have many problems with vlans, why?
I bougth Linksys WRT1200AC, that isn't recommended, and is perfect with LEDE.

You are definitely right!

you are right. it should recommend atheros and ralink (not mediatek) devices

@tmomas yes, i could: performance and opensource driver support being the main advantages to reccommend one or two manufacturers

Is there a table available listing performance and open source driver support for all SoCs present in the ToH?

Some time ago I started https://lede-project.org/playground/unsupported_features (far from being complete) which could be extended to also show some performance indicators.

It is very true that only some of Atheros chipset can get fully AC support. I don't see any problem if you want a powerful and stable openwrt router.