What's your favorite enthusiast LEDE/OpenWrt device?

TP-Link and LTE connection already worked. Like on Fritzbox.
But both are slow and provide basic encryption and mesh VPN
networking. As my next option i tend to Huawei.
It seems a good solution. And working.

I've got to say that is a pretty neat set-up. I'm a little jealous. Your goal was hardware for 200 Mbps QoS though? I'd say you've exceeded your goal in spades: QoS on ramips MT7621.

You may even be ready for 200 MBps someday, if only those pesky Gig ethernet ports could keep up with the CPU!

Seriously though, that device looks great. It will probably handle full speed VPN and QoS simultaneously for you for a while.

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Yeah, I got annoyed with constantly upgrading the hardware to a new MIPS/ARM unit and hitting a new limit a year or two later, so I decided to buy something that'll definitely last many years.

I managed to get Proxmox running on it yesterday with OpenWrt running as a VM. Pretty cool.

Nice, but why not run OpnSense on the Qotom and OpenWrt on the Wifi-APs?


Has the issue where this device does not support VLAN on the WAN port been solved?
That's a pretty nasty showstopper for me, otherwise the device is a great choice..

Got a great new piece of hardware


how about amlogic tv boxes ?
most of it have about 2gb ram with quadcore cpu, 8gb storage..some has dual band wifi, just lack of ethernet ports

with the price of low-end routers, higher performance than high-end routers

wifi sucks so no usage as router

my favorite router for now is Newifi3 D2. its a capable hardware handling gigabit connection via hardware offloading, has gigabit rj45 ports, and all the wifi goodness. and all of this I can buy this for around 20USD or less at least here in my place.

getting this device loaded with openwrt is really easy, you dont even need fancy tools for ttl or open it up. just follow this one youtube video that enables telnet and load a .ko file which what it does is flash the bootrom with breedweb.

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Mine would have to be the Raspberry Pi 4...the 1GB or 2GB version along with a case can be had for $30-40, and the quad-core Cortex-A72 CPU + gigabit LAN is a great combination, particularly if you run it in a router-on-a-stick VLAN setup like I do.


Do you really mean enthusiast device? $20-$40 usually means cheap, no?
Favorite cheap openwrt devices

some might feel enthusiastic at 200$+ :slight_smile: like r7800

Ehh, I guess you could call the RPi4 both cheap AND an enthusiast device. The Pi itself may be cheap although you might need to end up shelling out an extra $20-30 for a managed switch, and possibly more if you want a PoE-capable setup.

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what is the advantage to have vs router??? I thought Raspberry was more like mini computer, not router

You can get with 1,2,4,or 8 gigs of ram
4 cores at 1.5ghz

SD card of any size
With a TP link ue300 gigabit adapter as a secondary gigabit you will get 980mbps thruput even with shaping

Just set one up and I’m quite happy with it so far


A router is in fact, exactly like a mini computer.
Not sure what you mean would be the difference.

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Probably the r7800.

I have to say, as a first device with, NetGear R6350 was a breeze to work with with installing & configuring OpenWRT, everything works as expected or better than expected. There is more than enough room for extras & the refurbished price was perhap 50% less than new. All sugar & spice & everything nice for that device.

USD 20 for Newifi3 D2 is very cheap. Where are you from?
I check Aliexpress minimum around USD 45, excluded shipping and import duty and taxes. I really want to get one.


I recently got an XCY Mini PC: i5 8365U, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD with 2.4G wifi. To replace my old aging WRT1900ACS V2 router. I got the XCY on sale at aliexpress. I'm going to upgrade the wifi card to a wifi 5 or 6. I just need to buy the antenna connectors.


It runs really cool, much cooler than the WRT1900ACS V2