The Netgear Nighthawk r8000 is Broadcom based, but its fullmac Broadcom BCM43602 wlan cards are supported by the mainline brcmfmac driver, which is fully supported by OpenWrt. Most other Broadcom based routers are using softmac based Broadcom wlan cards instead, for which the driver support state would be between poor and non-existent.
While the device is fully supported by OpenWrt and relatively powerful, it's still a rather rare device within the OpenWrt ecosystem, meaning that while it is supposed to work long term, it doesn't have as much of a community around it (who tests it, reports bugs, maybe provides patches where necessary) as the more common devices using different SOCs/ wlan cards. You also need to keep in mind that while it indeed has three radios, the two 5 GHz wlan cards are tuned to different sub-sections of the 5 GHz band (the lower channels, as in roughly 36-64 and the upper channels from roughly 100-165) and don't work (well enough) outside of their intended frequencies.
IMHO its RAM size doesn't really qualify for an enthusiast level device anymore, but if you're fine with the radio limitations (frequency bands) and can find it rather cheap, it might be a pretty good option (the SOC is rather performant and has pretty good mainline support), but you need to be aware that you might have to invest a little more effort in case of problems than for other devices (which are more commonly used for OpenWrt).
You also need to keep in mind that while it indeed has three radios, the two 5 GHz wlan cards are tuned to different sub-sections of the 5 GHz band (the lower channels, as in roughly 36-64 and the upper channels from roughly 100-165) and don't work (well enough) outside of their intended frequencies.
As long as one follows the recommendations given on OpenWrt's Netgear R8000 page for how to get proper performance out of the radios, they have always seemed to work quite well.
Being relatively expensive (~US$260-$300, although you can find them on sale for ~US$180 around the holidays), that is why I stuck a recommendation in the "enthusiast device" thread, as opposed to the "cheap device" thread. You would have to be pretty enthusiastic to be willing to shell out that kind of money for a router! Maybe that's just my interpretation of the word "enthusiast"....
I have been using the Linksys WRT1900AC for a few years now without WiFi problems. But then again, I have another router on my network acting as an access point reducing traffic from the primary one which is the Linksys. However, this is my first run at the OpenWRT firmware (coming from DD-WRT) and I must say that it is working wonderfully on both WiFi and Wired. Also, moving the / and /overlay to a USB drive has sped up the software downloads. Speedtests are also showing a pretty solid 47 - 48 Mbps download on a bonded 40Mbps (20Mbps x2) DSL connection. The reboot time is impressive too at around ~10 seconds if I need.
Excellent results. My WRT32X tests similarly except I "only" have 400Mbit Internet Bufferbloat rating of A or A+ is a must. This is a strong case for the mvebu target as a whole. Especially considering we get such fast USB 3.0 speeds too I run a 4TB USB 3.0 hard drive that runs as fast as most NAS setups (80-100MB/s) right off the router.
I've working in supporting a new device, being totally new to OpenWrt itself. Of course, I'm an experienced developer (almost 8 years of self taught experience, that's the 36% of my life!), a hardware modder (is that the word?) and an Electronics Engineering student.
This experience was very grateful. So my now loved device for modding is the device that I worked out myself: the Linksys EA6350v3. I don't have a board band connection (barely 8.0 Mbps), but it works awesome for the purpose I brought it and developed on it: a relatively cheap and fast NAS for Time Machine.
A 2TB Time Capsule (2.00 TB) is around US$299. I brought both the router and a 5.00 TB external disk for around US$220. Considering that I worked on this project for myself and for free, it's a big saving plus a great experience.
This is my favorite enthusiast LEDE/OpenWrt device!
The device has a stunning performance under OpenWrt, so good that I laugh myself at the OEM firmware. Even the wireless performance is comparable to stock, after working on getting that work for almost 6 weeks!
Anyone here uses mikrotik HW with OpenWRT? How stable it is? Mikrotik OS is is rock solid, functionality is appropriate for most of the usecases, but the documentation is terrible and it is less userfriendly than OpenWRT, so I’m considering to give a try my new Mikrotik router with OpenWRT
I use a rb493g with openwrt and it is rock solid. Yes it is old but it works great. There is a thread that is trying to get a rb3011uias running openwrt. I have been eyeing the rb4011 but that doesn't support openwrt at all and no one is working on it currently. The initial flash from Mikrotik os to openwrt is a bit rough, you need a tftp server and can only use the wan port for the initial flash so having it on a desk next to you makes it easier. Once you have openwrt installed you can use the usual upgrade procedure.
and as I can see, it is not in the list of supported HW, so I suppose I have to wait a bit. This model is quite cheap and probably can support 1G net, however mine from the provider only tops at 500-600 Mbps.