I have been looking through the table of compatible routers but it is quite overwhelming. The main reason I am considering a OpenWrt setup is for router-powered VPN access (Specifically, I want this: Does OpenWrt offer me the ability to achieve this VPN setup that I want?). I have noticed that the performance of OpenVPN can vary drastically between routers even if on-paper the routers seem good, so I need a little help from the experts on here.
Could anybody please suggest routers that meet my criteria?
Available in the UK (without important from sellers directly, this I imagine would massively eat into my budget)
Less than £50 ideally, but can stretch to about £75 if it will really improve things for me
Has WiFi (WiFi 6 ideally, but I can live without if it means routers become more in my price range)
Has a USB 3.0 port (So that I can use the router as a DLNA server too)
Supports internet connections between 100Mbps and 1Gbps (I currently pay for 100Mbps but I have FTTP so will likely upgrade in the near future to faster speeds)
Has gigabit ethernet ports for fast LAN transfer
Performs well when connecting to public VPN servers over OpenVPN (I will be streaming video to devices on my network over the VPN connection)
Does anything fit my criteria or am I expecting too much for my budget?
CR25Wing would fit your needs, but it wouldn't come with the kind of wifi (that's what the W
stands for in the model name) you'd like. Obviously the non wifi CR25ing would work too.
spend the rest of the cash on a used router or AP.
I use NordVPN. By the looks of it, they only support wireguard via a thing they call NordLynx, but I'm not convinced you can use it with anything other than via their own apps. So I may be stuck with OpenVPN for now until I switch VPN providers.
Ah ok. Some of the comments in that search say that they don't officially support it from routers, but it seems to be possible technically. I'd probably go with getting it working with OpenVPN first (for ease) and then switch over to WireGuard once I have everything initially set up.
Is the slowness of VPN connections on anything other than x86 a limitation of OpenVPN specifically or does it also affect WireGuard?
I've messaged the seller of that item you suggested. Are there any other devices you recommend I look at in case I don't end up getting that one? (Also, a little additional question, what exactly are those types of device called? Are they just commercial routers?)
Router, firewall, VPN device ... it's a x86, it could be used in several ways.
Do some research on the Barracuda F18, it's even cheaper than the Cyberoam, and the Atom CPU will probably perform better.
Sold as "For parts or not working", and I can't ready the item description at work, it's blocked by
the corp firewall.
Ah so the usual issues of connection contention and the need to prioritise traffic disappear with 1/1?
I've been thinking about future hardware. My current device, er x can route 1gbps (a patch to allow this was submitted to the snapshot build a few months ago) but can't do it with SQM enabled. If SQM isn't required then happy days. Don't need to buy anything new