I have been away from OpenWrt for a couple of year and now I am looking to get on the train again.
I am looking for a dual band router with very good 2.4 AND 5 GHz capabilities.
I would like a device that has mature OpenWRT support, so that everything pretty much runs out of the box. I don't mind tinkering with it later for optimisation, but I would really appreciate if installation to a state where I could productively use it would be in the 1h range
I would prefer a router with at least 3 or 4 external antennas, because I would like to replace one or two them with directional antennas to reach a single, far out stationary client.
My connection is 1000down/100up, so I need pretty solid throughput of a least 900 mbps through LAN and would appreciate if hardware offloading worked out of the box and of course solid hardware crypto VPN speeds would be great too.
I dont care for bleeding edge devices, I wouldn't mind WiFi6 but I would not miss it either. I would prefer mature support on a 3 or 4 year old device to a bleeding edge device with lots of quirks.
So in short, I want it all. What would be the device of choice in the ~ 200€ segment?
Are Qualcomm Atheros WiFi chipsets still the best supported devices or are there other options on the table nowadays?
I read some good stuff about the Netgear R7800 here, I can get those on the second hand market for 100€ over here, is that a solid option or are there better devices for a little more money?