What’s your favorite "Back To School" OpenWrt device?

hmm, I chose to use an old proverb to state the same thing as stated by others above regarding your apparent inability / unwillingness to take any assistance offered, and you respond by regurgitating a piece of the wiki, extremely useful and informative; haven't read that since it was written, thanks.


Thanks anyhow.

Not really. I tried putting those in, but it only works one at a time.

Here are some results from your link:
|x86_64|1500-2500|4|Celeron J4105|Realtek RT8111A|920

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This tells me nothing about what brand and model of router they're talking about.

Again, I can't check pricing if it doesn't say what device. They don't sell things by "SOC" at the store.

You know very well what you were doing. Maybe reread that "wiki" again.

Looking at my browser tabs, I have these after this post from last week, so I'm not positive if it was from here:




Not sure whether or not these meet any of the criteria you mentioned or not at this point. However, I am guessing any of these are going to be better than the Netgear I have now.

Use the Table of Hardware I linked you before. Filter on the SOC you are interested it, and it will return all the models that use that particular SOC. Look up the price for the suggestions and you're done.

EA6350v3 is easy to spot, it is dome shaped and has a gray stripe across the top. The one you linked having the squarish all black box is a V4.

OK, new approach to this.

Current setup:
Netgear WNR2000 v5

Previous setup:
Belkin N300

I am guessing any of the above is better than what I have, which was better than what I had, and you probably get more performance and features the more you spend, in order. If not, all the better!

The usage on this is for 3 iphones, 1 Android, 2 school ipads, 1 chromebook, 1 PC, 1 Xbox One, 1 Xbox 360. Not all at the same time.

Possible replacements, if current device needs replacing:

R6080 $59.00 NETGEAR AC1000 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (R6080-100NAS)

R6120 $69.00 NETGEAR AC1200 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (R6120-100NAS)

R6230 $89.98 NETGEAR R6230 - Wireless router - 4-port switch - GigE - 802.11a/b/g/n/ac - Dual Band

R6260 $68.95 NETGEAR AC1600 Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (R6260-100NAS)

R6350 $99.00 NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band Smart WiFi Router (R6350-100NAS)

(Arris cable modem on Charter Spectrum at home is 100Mb I think.)

Guessing that performance/capabilities (and cost) goes up with the model number going up. Thoughts? Any good deals out there?

Anyone? Bueller?

For the prices indicated your best bet would be the R6260. There is essentially little difference between that device and the R6230 and R6350 so the lower price should be the deciding factor. The R6080 and R6120 have less processing power and significantly less available storage.


Thank you. I'm open to other suggestions, but that was what a quick search found me. Looking for something in the $80-110 range. Since my original post here, the Netgear WNV2000 v5 has been on the fritz, so need something for the kids for their school work, which is online 3/5 of the week now.

Oh, the processing power just translates to more speed. What does "available storage" do for me? Is that like cache?

Thanks again.

Storage is the internal flash memory-- more space to install additional features like a VPN.

Netgear's philosophy lately is to have groups of models that are almost the same inside. The first group you listed the 6080 and 6120 aren't suitable for 100Mb ISP speed since the Ethernet ports are 100 Mb, which with overhead means a maximum throughput of 94 Mb. Also the CPU is weak and the storage is small.

The 6230 6260 and 6350 are based on the MT7621 chip. This is a good chip for your intended use especially as it has built in gigabit Ethernet which can reach the full potential of your modem and ISP. However the 6230 has the single core version of the CPU and a less capable 5 GHz WiFi chip. So there's no reason to buy it when the 6260 is less expensive.

The only thing the 6350 adds over the 6260 is a third antenna for 3x3 MIMO, which is really only a potential difference when linked to advanced 5 GHz clients that also have three antennas. Most smartphones have one antenna and laptops have two.