System with ALOT of memory and Beefy CPU for fun?

I honestly have no recommendations here, keep in mind that PoE doesn't necessary mean "standardized" PoE and there are several standards you need to be aware of.

I'm not hostile, I'm just disagreeing with you. Your claim that I can't use a search engine is definitely hostile though.

That's a bench of an APU1 I think? apu1d4 is APU1. I can't seem to find benches of newer APU2 on that site. Which I very much dislike, it's confusing to navigate.
EDIT: no there is also an APU2 in there, I still don't understand what of those benchmarks matter and what don't

The benchmark site I've used for decades is this
APU1 processors
APU2 processors
Celeron from that Up board I mentioned
Atom from the other Up board I mentioned

So yeah, according to that the Celeron is a bit better, but not dramatically better. The Atom is more or less the same.

That's why I said all these boards (no, not the APU1 boards) are roughly in the same ballpark for both CPU and power consumption.

for POE at this level you are usually better off using injectors and splitters instead of trying to find a device that supports POE directly, also because of variuous different POE standards.

Meraki MX65 as the router with PoE controller. MR42 (PoE powered by the MX65) as AP, though this is indoor only. The bullet itself is supported though might not be very capable.

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I have both a UP2 and a H2 (hardkernel) here. While I would never buy another UP board, I would have no such qualms about hardkernel products. The latest H2+ with 6 2.5Gb would be a likely candidate.

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Please elaborate on that

Hardkernel is responsive to user issues and deal promptly with SW issues, took quite literally years to get a working BIOS for the UP2.

I realize no one's performance tested it yet, but based on it's a dual Cortex A9 @1.2GHz can we expect similar numbers with the Mvebu line (ie ~500Mbps with SQM)?

Also - couldn't figure out if the flash has the same dual-boot layout like the Linksys WRT series although I realize MX65 can boot from USB (so easy to recover)


See the iperf below. MX65 in the middle with up/down 1000000 on the wan1 port (not vlan interface), "piece_of_cake.qos", link layer Ethernet. Note the retries is an issue not related to the MX65. Have I missed anything?

There's no dual boot currently but it could be added in fairly easily. Biggest issue is that the kernel partitions are very small at 3MB and there is a redundant 1MB nvram partition splitting them. Thinking to merge all three into one larger kernel partition and find another place for the nvram.

root@OpenWrt:~# iperf3 -c -R
Connecting to host, port 5201
Reverse mode, remote host is sending
[  5] local port 58798 connected to port 5201
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bitrate
[  5]   0.00-1.00   sec  83.5 MBytes   700 Mbits/sec                  
[  5]   1.00-2.00   sec  85.0 MBytes   713 Mbits/sec                  
[  5]   2.00-3.00   sec  85.8 MBytes   720 Mbits/sec                  
[  5]   3.00-4.00   sec  85.8 MBytes   720 Mbits/sec                  
[  5]   4.00-5.00   sec  84.7 MBytes   710 Mbits/sec                  
[  5]   5.00-6.00   sec  85.7 MBytes   719 Mbits/sec                  
[  5]   6.00-7.00   sec  84.2 MBytes   707 Mbits/sec                  
[  5]   7.00-8.00   sec  84.7 MBytes   711 Mbits/sec                  
[  5]   8.00-9.00   sec  84.4 MBytes   708 Mbits/sec                  
[  5]   9.00-10.00  sec  85.1 MBytes   714 Mbits/sec                  
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bitrate         Retr
[  5]   0.00-10.01  sec   850 MBytes   712 Mbits/sec  4172             sender
[  5]   0.00-10.00  sec   849 MBytes   712 Mbits/sec                  receiver

iperf Done.

Thanks for providing this! I can see it's above the WRT1900AC which can do ~500MBps routed and shaped with Cake. Price-wise it's similar too, so I'll definitely consider it when most software kinks are resolved

Thanks again,

How about one of the 64-bit Raspberry Pi clones? I have run OWRT on some Orange Pi boards, including a OPi PC, quad-core ARM at 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, supports up to 64GB SD cards. Has ethernet and plenty of USB ports so it's trivial to add wifi. I've also used it on a Pine64 RockPro64, 6-core ARM at 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM etc. It also has a PCIe x4 connector so you can add external cards.

The pi 3’s were fun…but not quick enough..

CONS: one nic, weak WiFi, power issues with multiple USB devices (wanted better wifi adapter).
USB bottle neck ( kernel mod and boot mod to boot from SSD or USB helped). But overall it wasn’t too good.

Though, the pi 4 was fine for the most part - I just ended up wanting to use it for pi hole. I haven’t looked into it’s progression. Not sure about the clones?

I was leaning towards hardkernel board posted above - but it seems they are currently unavailable.

…BTW what’s the pros and CONS on the MIPS boards? Just curious since a lot of major companies seem to be using mips as well. Been reading around is it just an efficiency thing?

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