What's your favorite enthusiast LEDE/OpenWrt device?

It probably is marketing-speak, however I did not mistranslate it.
What piqued my interest at first, was multiple sellers selling what appeared to be the same product (Xiaomi Mi Router Pro/HD), however each had a different chipset (either the Qualcomm SoC or the Mediatek SoC), to the point where the images were the same, save for the chipset label.
This reminded me of the Broadcom-based Mi Router Pro and Mi Router HD (I was extremely excited by it back before I knew about the whole Broadcom situation), so I checked it out on Xiaomi's site, and except for the Broadcom-based one (which still has the same names), they all look the same (same chassis, same pictures), except that on each model, they have a different chipset listed (even the pictures were the same, save the SoC label).

I prefer NETGEAR R7800. But at home I use simple Asus RT-AC66U

For me it's the Linksys wrt series, I'm running the basic one (wrt1200ac) and it's been the best router I've ever used.

Only downside is the WiFi drivers are needing some TLC to work to it's full potential. Other than that, it's great.

I do wonder though - is there any OpenWrt device that has similar specs that has no known issues with performance? Every router I've used OpenWrt with has always had some incompatibilities or slow down vs. stock firmwares.

How did you get this up and running? I have the RT-AC66U but I don't see it on the list of supported hardware. I see: RT-N66U & RT-AC68U.

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This thread is great!

I'm after an enthusiast router but plan to disable the wifi (use unifi APs). Is there an option that has average or dodgy wifi, but strong CPU/ram?

Seems like the Linksys fits this bill? Any others?

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The speeds some of the OpenWRT gurus speak of overwhelm me. I don't understand how anyone has this type of network available in a home environment or what use you might find for such terrific speed. So living in a world where 20M is something that would be considered a futuristic expectation, my go-to box is the GLinet GL-AR150 (16/64M) selling at around $22US, which does everything I need. I keep one on top of the TV stand in Mexico for VPN service to US-only TV streaming accessories and any other device that needs a US IP, I keep another up on a pole connected to the back of my camper running Rooter (OpenWRT cell modem supported derivative from ofmodemsandmen.com) for pulling in cell signals and since that service is metered, even though 4G is becoming more available across the places I travel, I actually favor 3G to keep me from going over my data limit each month. In my suitcase I have another one with the USB connected to an Alpha device with Atheros AR9271 which is attached to a tube yagi and while backpacking and staying cheap hotels the Alpha and yagi pull in the distant wifi from the hotel office and the AR150 re-broadcasts in the room.

The GL-AR150 device is half the size of a pack of smokes and remains one of my all time favorite portable routers.

(Note I've just starting playing with the GL-AR300M 128/128M but at around $40US I'm not that interested especially with the lower ISP speeds I deal in and also since fast metered cell is more a nightmare for me than a bonus with today's severely limited data plans.)

Otherwise the most powerful router that I've dealt with to date is the Alpha Tube 2H (8/32M) (or try for new 2HP model with 16/64M) which I have feeding the short LMR-400 feeding a 24db parabolic for distant wifi reception. It sets you back around $80, unfortunately but well worth it. I have never tried it at the break-neck speeds some people boast about here, however.

Of course the most amazing router I've every played with that doesn't do much is the one which is the size of a USB memory stick and is priced around $7 US and that is the A5-V11 (4/16M) which does your basic OpenWRT stuff but in the smallest of small packages. (Note that ofmodemsandmen.com provides a Luci version with USB cell modem support for this and other 4/16M USB capible devices.)


Fact is that your connection speed is an exception... Here in Italy we have AT LEAST 50/20 connected everywhere.

Given that I've tested it now pretty thoroughly under OpenWrt, ODROID H2 with its J4105 SoC and dual NICs. Very roughly a 12 cm cube and idles at well under 10 W with dual, Samsung SSDs. Enough power to comfortably build OpenWrt from scratch under Debian.

Prices in USD through Ameridroid:

  • Board -- $115
  • PSU -- $12
  • Type 3 case -- $13 (Big enough for two SSDs)
  • Fan -- $6
  • 2x SATA data and power cable -- $8 (for 2x SSDs)

(RTC battery already included, power button superfluous as on-board button is easily accessible)

From a vendor of your choice, or "free" if a "take-off" from a laptop, MacMini, or the like:

  • 4 or 8 GB of RAM -- $35 - 70

Storage -- Your choice of:

  • USB stick -- $5 and up
  • eMMC -- $13
  • Cheap SSD -- $20
  • Good SSD -- $50 (Be aware that mSATA doesn't work in the NVMe slot)
  • Pair of good SSDs ...

I don't have the ODROID fan, so I can't comment on how quiet it is. The fan speed is under BIOS control. I needed it for just a breath of air for make -j4 of OpenWrt, though it seemed cool enough for day-to-day loads. The fan connector is not the standard 4-pin one. It is tiny (Molex PicoBlade fits), though you can adapt a suitable 92 mm, 5V, PWM/tach fan if you prefer (and have good eyes and steady fingers).


I already have a BT home hub 5 and it is a very good and cheap modem/router. However, its CPU is too low for openVPN and even if for wireguard.
I'm thinking to build a VPN router with a raspberry pi 3-4 or something equivalent with a budget 80-100 $. Another option is to buy a new modem/router with a strong CPU as netgear R7800 150-180 $. I would like to achieve as maximum 100 M bit/s in both directions.
In your opinion, what is the best solution?

A great topic for your own thread. You’ll get lots of specific opinions there.


I'm surprised no one mentioned Fritzbox 4040. For around €70 you are getting a 4-core IPQ4018 device, meaning pretty much unlimited SQM and Wireguard.


The design of the devices of that brand are HORRIBLE.


I'm using avm 4040 and it's really stable with 18.06.4 :slightly_smiling_face:

Just flashed this week (7/20), so only up for 2 days so far, no issues. Depending on the Board Rev., flashing without header pins for the Serial TTL -> USB cable is a bit challenging though.

I'm not sure I'd recommend the EA8500 at this point. I'm running into issues with it. If you have any advice it would be much appreciated. Linksys EA8500 U-Boot/Flashing Issue

It has great specifications but Belkin/Linksys have really hampered it from what I can tell.

Unique and alone. I didn't think so, but now I'm certain of it. The best device for OpenWRT is the LinkSYS WRT3200ACM. Although it is as old as a product, it is still the best that can be found on the market and is the real first in our beloved open source operating system. I also have a Turris Omnia, very noble, but which in reality does not hold the comparison in terms of power and adherence to the OpenWRT project. Perhaps Turris Omnia has the advantage of being modular and able to change it with different chasses, but the software, mixed OpenWRT and a proprietary open source system, called Turris OS, is quite a mess. The Linksys still has a perfect dual-core core supported throughout that handles my 1 Gbit/s GPON connection without any problems. I have connected 12 devices on three VLANs and all in WiFi both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Never any problem and 4K streaming on multiple TVs. Although it does not support the MU-MIMO in OpenWRT, it continues to be very powerful. The Turris Omnia is only very bitter in the mouth and has little satisfaction. I mention this not to discredit the Turris product, but because I was super enthusiastic about it, but I became disillusioned.

I advise against the wrt3200acm for OpenWrt, unless you know the short comings.

https://github.com/kaloz/mwlwifi/issues/278 was a deal breaker for me. What a pita if the router doesn't just work? Just get a mt76 unit and avoid tech support headaches.

People are getting rid of it Replacing Linksys WRT3200ACM. It's a shame there is no clear cut best replacement.


See also that mesh doesn't work with those drivers, as I understand it -- https://github.com/kaloz/mwlwifi/issues?utf8=✓&q=is%3Aissue+802.11s

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I've read all that stuff. But I can't say anything else that the device is fully supported, except MU-MIMO). For me it works perfectly. I'm still using it now. My advice is based on the experience I had with two working OpenWRT versions and each type of Developer Preview, never had a problem.