What's your favourite cheap LEDE/OpenWrt device?

Thank you!
I have to find where to recover an old female connector (may be an old charger) and make the test.

Why would you do that?
You already have the device powered up and you can (and should) take the 5V directly from it instead of using a second charger. Or am I misunderstanding something here?

The idea of the old charger is only to unsolder and use the USB connector.
Well, this discussion gets of topics, but interests me. I will open a new one

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New topic:

hmmm, it's been a while, but IIRC USB1 needs pulldowns too GND from Dp/Dm on the host side.
Also for USB2 hardwiring straight to 5V/GND from the powersupply is likely to break chirping - i.e. usb2 speed negotiation.

Define "best".

Keep up-to-date list of widely available devices which satisfy:

  1. ALL of the properties below:
  • Available today in most parts of the world
  • Fully supported by OpenWRT (working both 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi, working NICs, working swconfig)
  • Stable software for everyday use - can work for at least several months without restart
  • More than 4/32
  • Well defined support per hardware versions if there are more than one on the market
  1. As many as possible of the properties below:
  • Easy initial flashing (software only). Mention other available options for those who are familiar with screwdriver/soldering/serial ports etc
  • Relatively cheap - compared to similar devices
  • Gigabit wired ports (although this is a dealbraker for me, some people might not require them)
  • Working USB ports
  • Working hardware offload
  • Low power consumption

Such an example is good old Archer C7 v2, but it's getting a bit old.


Banana PI R2
I recommend, openwrt developers are few, so they have problems. but its hardware is very good.

at the moment must be GL inet mango (MT300N-V2)
price at USD 20.


In specification there is no information about 'USB OTG' port. It is microUSB, I don't like it, USB Type C is much better. Why have they omitted information in specification?

Because USB C is much more expensive.

GL inet's openwrt line router are wonderful.

but if you wanna flash yourself,

dlink 842 rev C1 is not bad.

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Mi Router 4C is cheapest option in my country.

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How about a cheap device that is also really small?
Like the zsun: Supporting ZSUN Wifi Card Reader (16MB Flash, 64MB RAM, AR9331)

gl-inet microrouter is pretty close, but looking for something physically smaller

But .. TODAY. Xiaomi mi 4C works LEDE 100 % ? I think no.

I've ported OpenWrt to it.

Found new product with openwrt / pandorabox / ... supported
2.4/5G 5 ports Gigabits / USB / with 32M ROM 512M RAM


Nice. All working ? SQM ? Wifi .

Does USB3 work correctly with USB-modems?

gl-inet offer a bunch of cheap openwrt devices and a very good support forum.

the one product i have from them is something i have not seen elsewhere, tho every company should offer it.
it is a openwrt router on a usb stick. https://www.gl-inet.com/products/gl-usb150/
if anybody knows of another such product, please let me know.