"tri band" (triple interface) router list

can we have a list of triple+ wifi interface routers supported by openwrt?

these devices should have 3 full-featured interfaces, not 2 plus some crippled slow interface for DFS compliance.

help me build it! i'll start...


--------------- 2.5 / 5 GHz ---------------


Qualcomm IPQ4019 (4x ARM Cortex-A7 @ 717 MHz)


Linksys WHW03 V2

Flash 512 MB, RAM 512 MB.

two 5 GHz radios with very limited channel support and no DFS.

channels:

  • 32: unsupported
  • 36 ~ 48: supported
  • 52 ~ 68: unsupported
  • 96 ~ 144: unsupported
  • 149 ~ 165: supported
  • 169 ~ 177: unsupported

Linksys EA8300 and MR8300

Flash 256 MB, RAM 256 MB.

Note: EA8250 and MR8250 seem to be versions of the routers above using the same hardware but with 256QAM modulation disabled by software.

two 5 GHz radios:

  • 32: unsupported
  • 36 ~ 64: supported
  • 68: unsupported
  • 96: unsupported
  • 100 ~ 165: supported
  • 169 ~ 177: unsupported

ASUS Lyra (MAP-AC2200)

Flash 128 MB, RAM 256 MB.

two 5 GHz radios:

  • 32: unsupported
  • 36 ~ 64: supported
  • 68: unsupported
  • 96: unsupported
  • 100 ~ 140: supported
  • 144 ~ 165: conflicting info (please help clarify)
  • 169 ~ 177: unsupported

NETGEAR RBR50 / RBS50

Flash 4 GB, RAM 512 MB.


GL.iNet GL-B2200

Flash 16 MB SPI + 8 GB eMMC, RAM 512 MB.

two 5 GHz radios, channel support unknown. (help me!)


NETGEAR SRR60 / SRS60

Flash 4 GB, RAM 512 MB.


MediaTek MT7621AT (2x MIPS 24KC @ 880 MHz)


D-Link DIR-3060 A1

Flash 128 MB, RAM 256 MB.

two 5 GHz radios, channel support unknown. (help me!)


Qualcomm IPQ8072A (4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 2200 MHz)


Xiaomi Mi Router AX9000

Flash 256 MB, RAM 1 GB.

radios:

  • one 2.4 GHz (QCN9024 4×4 ax)
  • two 5 GHz (QCN5024 4×4 ax + QCN9024 2×2/4×4 ax)
  • one AIoT (QCA9889 1×1 ac/n)

partial support for this device currently exists in openwrt. among the issues, the QCN9024 low 5 GHz band radio does not work (there seems to be a workaround).

WARNING: some versions of this device ship with secure boot enabled, meaning you are not free to run the software you want on the device. while there might be loopholes for some bootloader versions, the intentions of xiaomi are clear. you might want to boycott this model because of this, if not xiaomi as a brand entirely.

it can be argued that secure boot, if correctly implemented, guards against persistent exploits of the router, just as it does for PCs and phones. however there is no reason to tolerate a company that locks secure boot down in a way that the user cannot disable it and/or customize the public key used to verify the boot chain. x86 PCs and respectable phones allow secure boot disabling (ie, bootloader unlocking) if confirmed by physical access to the device (such as typing on the terminal or pressing phone buttons). this precludes a software exploit from achieving the unlock, and thus invalidates the argument that locked down secure boot is required to improve security.

xiaomi has a history of locking down bootloaders to be able to sell geographically-restricted devices in china at cheaper prices than internationally (eg, its newer vacuum cleaners). in no case it allows bootloader unlocking by the owner of the device.

also, just like d-link, xiaomi violates the GPL by not providing source code of the GPL-licensed software they use, such as linux kernels and modifications done to them, just because no one is suing them. for this reason alone you might want to boycott these two companies.


--------------- 2.5 / 5 / 6 GHz ---------------


please point me to other tri-band routers and i'll add them.

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NETGEAR RBS50 / RBR50
NETGEAR SRS60 / SRR60
Asus Lyra MAP-AC2200

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thank you! added

The EA8300's two 5GHz radios have non-overlapping coverage of the available spectrum.

In the US,

  • radio0: 100 104 108 112 116 120 124 128 132 136 140 144 149 153 157 161 165
  • radio2: 36 40 44 48 52 56 60 64
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Think the MAP-AC2200 goes to 165.

5GHz regulations state that supported channels are 36 to 64, and 100 to 165. So it's not necessary to write such thing like "68 not supported".

MR8300 support 36 to 64 on ipq4019, and 100 to 165 on qca9886.

thank you, added!

thanks. this conflicts with info in the wiki:

The first 5 GHz radio (IPQ4019) is limited to ch. 36-64. The second 5 GHz radio (QCA9886), is limited to ch. 100-140.

i still documented the conflict for now.

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AFAIK, channels 32, 68 and 96 are available for 20 MHz BW in most countries. channels 169 through 177 are sometimes available (eg, in the US).

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WLAN_channels

But not the chips and their drivers.

Agreed.
I have never seen this in any graphical chart, or as option in a menu.

D Link dir-3060. 1x 2.4, 2x 5 ac

Added in v23. But some recent posts seem to point to still having some issues with stability (to be verified)

thanks! added; hopefully someone will provide channel info.

I think the Xiaomi AX9000 is valid for this list. 2x5Ghz AX interfaces + 1x2.4Ghz + 1xIoT. I don't have it, so I can't talk about stability or channels.

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thanks! added with warnings.

Also add that Xiaomi violates the GPL license because it does not publish the source code of the Linux kernel :wink:

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done! thanks.

I think Xiaomi Mi AIoT AX3600 also count?

I wouldn't call the ax3600 a tri-band router, as the third AIoT radio (QCA9889) is not full featured but very slow (especially compared to the 4x4 802.11ax main radios), being 1x1 802.11ac (dual-band, but not concurrent dual-band) based.

The ax9000 would be, with two main 4x4 802.11ax 5 GHz (lower- and upper 5 GHz band), a third 2.4 GHz radio - and yet again another (fourth-) AIoT radio (QCA9889, 1x1 802.11ac (dual-band, but not concurrent dual-band) radio.

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This obviously is a matter of perspective, to some extent.

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