What's your favourite cheap LEDE/OpenWrt device?

I've been going through this thread and various posts on the forum, and I'm leaning towards the TP-LINK Archer C7 (1750). It $80 on Amazon right now.

I have the TL-WDR3600 with Open-WRT (last release) on it, and it works fine for my purposes. I just need Gigabit ethernet, really. Bonus for AC/5GHz.

I tried buying another used TL-WDR3600 from Amazon warehouse, but it didn't even power on, so I'll just pick up something new.

Price limit for this purchase is around $80-$100, but the cheaper the better. I'd like to purchase from somewhere like Amazon or Newegg if possible.

Thanks!

I can't find one better than Linksys ea3500 among all the cheap options.
https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Linksys_EA3500

Curved design, hidden antenna, gigabit Ethernet, dual band WiFi. Only 15 to 30 dollars on eBay or Amazon.

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Raspberry Pi 2B... I have tried lots of cheap devices... If you want to go cheap the best bet is a raspberry Pi. Comparatively speaking the memory is limitless, you can install all you want... It needs a good USB antenna when can be pretty cheap, just make sure the chipset is supported. With a usb flash drive one can run transmission and download torrents without leaving a computer on... The Rpi3 is good too, but one would probably want to use an external antenna anyway, for better coverage... Ah, one problem is that there is only one ethernet port. I used a usb ethernet dongle for a second port, and put it on the WAN ADSL side. It manages to keep up with my ADSL download bandwidth...

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I have a lot of "favorite cheap devices", depending on what I use them for. But if you want to really get your device cheap, my first and foremost recommendation would be:

Get your device second-hand.

Virtually all of the 20-or-so devices I have amassed here over the past years I bought second-hand, sometimes even described as "broken", or as cheap as one or two euros. And I have yet to encounter one that didn't work.

My favorite "cheap device" right now would have to be an Easybox 904 xdsl. LEDE support is just starting out right now, but it's already a really, really nice all-in-one box if you're living in Annex-B land. They can be had as cheap as €10 plus shipping, I bought mine for €1.

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I may end up returning this Archer C7 (practically the same as my existing WDR3600 for my needs) and pick up a refurb EA3500 from Amazon for $25.

Good choice.:+1:

Bought UniElec U7621-06 (256M RAM/16M flash) and attached external microSD card as /overlay :slight_smile:

I’d like to mention the Blueendless BS-U25AWF. It’s basically a hard drive enclosure for a 2.5 inch drive with the MT7620 chip at 580MHz, 16MB of flash, 64MB of RAM (though my variant has 128MB for some reason), a USB port, a battery, and has dual stream (2.4ghz only) WiFi with an 100Mbps Ethernet port. It’s supported by the snapshot versions currently but works great for a little portable file server.

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Used youkuYK-l1. It can be 5 $.
32MROM / 128MRAM / 8GBTF / MT7620a
There is currently openwrt tf card support issues, if solved, comes with 8GB TF card will be very fun. Use overlay it can hold more things.
I now add a U disk used to install octoprint. It can replace raspberry pie as a 3D printing host computer, providing wifi online printing service.

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I like the TP-Link MR3020. It's tiny but very versatile as long as you trim the image.
It's got Ethernet, WiFi and USB in a very small form factor.

At this point in time, it would be really irresponsible to recommend buying new 4/32 devices (like the TP-Link MR3020), yes everyone tries hard to keep them functional, but the end is in sight.

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In fact I think you should not try any MT7620 solution for the router
2.4GWIFI of MT7620 scheme does not work normally from 2014 to present (for example, if you plan to use OPENWRT or LEDE, the router of MT7620 scheme does not work wirelessly)
Although the MT7620 is very cheap

Here's a detailed report
https://bugs.lede-project.org/index.php?do=details&task_id=896

I think ASUS RT-ACRH13 will be a better choice
LEDE works perfectly well on the ASUS RT-ACRH13 (there are even reports that the LEDE has a higher wireless rate than the official firmware's wireless rate)

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@ghostry Can you share some links with details for youkuYK-l1? I couldn't find it anywhere... which webshop did you buy it from?

I guess they are a Chinese market device as I can only find them on Taobao for $10

https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=551394042714

Youku YK-L1

Out of stock on ali and more like $20: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/MT7620A-802-11n-300Mbps-Wireless-WiFi-Router-USB-Wi-Fi-Repeater-OPENWRT-DDWRT-Padavan-RT-N14U/32820902708.html

I found that link from here: http://4pda.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=890458

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https://openwrt.org/toh/hwdata/youku/youku_yk1 It can be purchased on 2.taobao.com

I don't know if it copy&paste gone wrong - but this one here is supposed to be a "Youku YK-L1C"

  • 1x YK-L1C MT7620A 300Mbps WiFi Router (128MB RAM/16MB Flash)

Look's quite nice (with USB and microSD slot) shipped for US $18 from ali.

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/MT7620A-802-11n-300Mbps-Wireless-Mini-WiFi-Router-WiFi-Repeater-OPENWRT-DDWRT-Padavan-RT-N14U-Firmware/1968690_32821778872.html

NOTE FROM THE SELLER: It have a CHINESE LOGO ON middle of ROUTER, IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, PLEASE DON'T ORDER.

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So I guess the photos [on Taobao] aren't of the actual unit...

@dirlede pointed out that those above show the logo and Chinese characters

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Check the photo directly under the text... It's from someone who bought the unit.. And there you can see (upside down) it's written:

Youku ###

Replace the ### with some Chinese characters

@jeff if you buy enough they can probably put jeff on it :hugs:

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I've got 3 of these. Currently £10 GBP on Amazon:

They're pretty minimal OpenWRT devices with 8MB flash and 32MB RAM, but the plug-top form factor, ethernet, wifi and USB ports make them perfect for wifi enabling ethernet devices, or network-enabling USB peripherals of all varieties. Only one port carries the USB signal, the other is a high-current charging port, suitable for powering high drain USB peripherals that get power from two ports via a Y cable (eg hard drives). I have one running a printer, one running a hard drive, and one currently serving as a wifi repeater.

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Very cool, especially with a power port for Raspberry Pi, ODROID, or the like.

Does iw list indicate that the device and driver can support "mesh point"? Something along the lines of

	Supported interface modes:
		 * IBSS
		 * managed
		 * AP
		 * AP/VLAN
		 * monitor
		 * mesh point
		 * P2P-client
		 * P2P-GO
		 * outside context of a BSS

and

	valid interface combinations:
		 * #{ managed } <= 2048, #{ AP, mesh point } <= 8, #{ P2P-client, P2P-GO } <= 1, #{ IBSS } <= 1,
		   total <= 2048, #channels <= 1, STA/AP BI must match, radar detect widths: { 20 MHz (no HT), 20 MHz, 40 MHz }
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