What's your favourite cheap LEDE/OpenWrt device?

You can buy WNDR3700v4 It also has 128 MB FLASH and 128 MB RAM. I have it and it works amazingly well. Now it works on ath79 with 4.19 kernel. It's very stable. I run transmission, openvpn server, dnscrypt-proxy, simple-adblock and also have very large hosts file.

how can you order v4 instead of v5?

TP-Link TL-WR740N. Cheap, old and trusty. Sadly it's an old 4/32 device that won't work with 19.07, so its EOL is near.

Anyway I also bought a new LinkSys EA6350-v3 for about US$60, which @jeff recommended.

What about search for it on ebay and see in photos and description what model is it?

I was asking about a new device from amazon or some other online retailer...
so favorite new device is actually a second hand one from ebay or some asian thing from AE...

Atomic Pi ~$30 USD
USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter (RTL8153) ~$5 USD
Enterprise WAP ~$20 USD
Any unmanaged gigabit switch ~$15 USD

all running OpenWrt and easily handles my 500/50 with QoS :smiley:

Atomic + …. = 70$

WR330 -> $ 33.75 run fine


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I bought R6220 last week for $7.50 plus $7 shipping on ebay. It was sold as bricked, but, I figured it was probably simple enough to restore that it was worth the risk. As it turns out, there was nothing wrong with it, just needed to be reset and now it has ROOter Golden Orb firmware, so, I will get some experience with ROOter.


Bought an RPi Model 3 B+ ages ago for another project that I ended up just using a virtual machine for. Works beautifully as a router for <100Mbit connection (80/30). Set it to turbo mode for 1.4GHz clock at all times compared to stock 600Mhz. Only problem is the lack of RAM. Still managed to get it to block over 7 million domains and more than a handful of regex rules, all while saturating my connection over Wireguard.

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Raspberry Pi 4. :slight_smile:

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Xiaomi Mi Router 3G
or - technically the same -
Xiaomi Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition
Both cost about 30-35$

I wish it was costing 30$ :neutral_face:I can't find 3G anywhere below 50$, excluding the shipping cost.

Search for the 4A Gigabit edition which is almost the same except for the missing USB3-port. It equals the 3Gv2 by the way. The 3G (v1) still comes with USB3 but seems low on stock and to be phased out.
Flashing 4A Gig.Ed. requires a ch341 flash programmer.

would be great to have topics like this as a pool to vote for the very best routers :slight_smile:


Define "best".

I had very bad experience with GL-iNet clone of OpenWRT. It is interesting, what looks like their clone of Ubuntu for MV1000 Brume?

I bought a Netgear R6260 and it was worth the money.

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CPU Model: Rockchip RK3328
Number of Cores: Quad-Core Cortex-A53
Frequency: 4 x Cortex-A53 Up to 1.4GHz
Memory RAM: 1GB DDR4
Storage MicroSD Slot: MicroSD x1 for external storage up to 128GB
Connectivity Ethernet: Gbps Ethernet x1
USB 3.0 to Gbps Ethernet x1
USB USB 2.0 Host x1: USB Type A
MicroUSB x1: Power input(5V/2A) and Slave
Pin-header Serial Debug Port x1: 2.54mm pitch 3pin-header(3.3V TTL)
WAN LED(Green) x1
LAN LED(Green) x1
Key User Key x1
Working Temperature -20℃ to 70℃
Power DC 5V/2A

Wiki: http://wiki.friendlyarm.com/wiki/index.php/NanoPi_R2S

Price: 22USD

NanoPi R2S: https://www.friendlyarm.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=69&product_id=282

Interesting device -- in theory. In practice there's no official OpenWrt support, the "FriendlyWrt" sources seem to be hidden behind a few layers of obscurity and involve a weird build process, and ... it's out of stock anyway.

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This is more of a "Eh, it works" than a direct endorsement, but-

I broke down and bought an MT300N-V2 to replace my missing MT300A; it's getting too hard to keep the WNDR-3800s running, despite being more capable (in my opinion). I'm sad to see the SD card bit-bang and external antenna options go away, and it doesn't really seem all that different, otherwise, despite slightly updated hardware.

It's not bad for a simple system; the wrapper around OpenWRT has a simple "Advanced" button to click through for LuCI, and although all externally built/hosted, has the majority of all packages I've come to expect.

The in-house "v3" interface is a bit crazy to those of us used to LuCI, but it's simple to setup, and rarely gets in the way. It has native support for OpenVPN and WireGuard out of the box (untested, but the MT300A I owned worked swimmingly well despite a weak CPU).

I'm having a heck of a time with it having dual guest/lan bridging and running a 6-in-4 tunnel; it keeps patching it onto the disabled guest network, and I'm not sure why- this is the only build I've had it do this to.

I've tried contacting support@gl-inet.com, and haven't heard back for weeks, but being that we're in an international pandemic, I don't 'really expect to.

It's nowhere near as fast as thoroughput is/was on my WNDR-3800, but in a pinch, it's a heck of a lot better than snailmail. For a $20 5v USB powered router, it's well worth throwing into the emergency kit.

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