What's your favorite enthusiast LEDE/OpenWrt device?


#204

Hands down, highly recommend Netgear R8000 or R8000P (the second generation of R8000). Great compatibility with LEDE/OpenWrt, three WiFi radios, plenty of RAM and flash storage. I have been deploying these to all of the small businesses that I provide IT/network admin services to.

They have been rock solid stable, other than the occasional "bad" version that seems to have bugs (for example, LEDE 17.01.1 seemed to have some sort of memory leak that was causing the R8000s to run out of memory and lock up every hour, but 17.01.2 and Chaos Calmer 15.05.1 did not have that problem).


#205

Aren't these broadcom based? Not well supported by openwrt at all!


#206

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).


#207

Interesting. Good to know.


#208

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"....


#209

j1900 x86-64 kvm


#210

wrt1900acs v2
Kernel version 4.14.93
WiFi driver 10.3.8.0-20181210

https://superwrt.download/f/
speedtest IPV4
wrt1900acs%20v2
speedtest ipv6
wrt1900acs%20v2%20ipv6

Huawei Mate 10 Pro
5ghz channel 36
2.4 ghz channel 9
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