What's your favourite cheap LEDE/OpenWrt device?


Installing should be possible without soldering or using a serial console, by using the bootloader's recovery mechanism (a ftpd like implementation), which takes the EVA image.


Great discussion.
I was looking for a cheap travel router compatible with OpenWRT, which is the only firmware allowing the following combination

  • cheap router
  • small router, easy to pack into travel bag
  • VPN split tunneling
  • strong cpu for VPN split tunneling for media streaming
  • good sensitivity to capture hotel wifi on 2.4 GHz via travelmate (captive portal)
  • optional: broadcast on 5 GHz (or alternatively use virtual 2.4 GHz AP or USB 2.4 GHz)

The best turned out to be AVM Fritz 4040 and with the help of chunkeey (ath10k-firmware, 18.06.1) it runs perfectly :slight_smile: , unfortunately it was not cheap :frowning:

  • 30 MBit/s down/upload as repeater with openvpn aes-128-cbc turned on

Initially I bought a Youhua WR1200JS with Mediatek MT7621AT, MT7603 (2.4GHz), MT7612 (5GHz) for 30 bucks, with MT7621AT suggesting fast aes-xxx-cbc

  • BUT as wireless repeater the 2.4 GHz doesn't work as wifi client (STA) with broadcom wifi as wifi source to connect to,
  • and 2.4GHz drops sometimes and restarts (tested as AP to verify whats going on)
    -> i.e. I cannot rely on it as travel router
  • it works with atheros wifi as wifi source (no idea for how long)
  • openvpn aes-128-cbc as repeater with atheros wifi source (2.4GHz as wifi client, 5Ghz as AP) is around 20 MBit/s (fast enough for media streaming !)
    -> so I don't know if one day MT7603 will be able to connect as wifi client to broadcom wifi source or if this will be forever due to broadcom ?

Maybe my experience helps, depending on your requirements.

cheers blinton


I tried AVM 1220E home plugs now, it works, but they are slower than my old TL-WR1043ND with openwrt, so I am back to my question. Which cheap router as ap for a linux-dvb-box?


I forgot to mention, that I want beamforming, if it is not getting too expensive. A feature which could be interesting later. The AVM 4040 doesn't have it, and the Archer C7 doesn't have it too, but the Archer C9 should have it, also the C9 is too expensive probably. The recommended Zyxel is too expensive here and for another floor I have ordered a Armor Z2 NBG6817 already.


All, this is my first post here. I have just bought a Linksys WRT1900ACS I believe it is v1 because running the OEM 1.x firmware. Have I bought a good router to run OpenWRT?

Thanks for your advices in advance.


Please keep this topic for recommendations of cheap OpenWrt devices.
For questions regarding specific devices, please open a new topic.


I've just finished replacing my TP-Link TL-WR1043ND v1 after 5 years of glorious service (I'm upgrading to a WDR3600 to add 5GHz capability). It's true I did not drive it as hard as other users here (encrypting traffic) and I've even demoted it to a "dumb AP", but for all these years of torrenting, serving DLNA, DHCP server and SSH tunelling, coupled with the ability to turn its WAN port into a LAN port while keeping 1 Gbps throughput is fantastic.
Prior to OpenWRT it's been running for 4 years with the stock firmware, so I could say it was highly reliable, and pretty cheap.

I'll be keeping it around for any side projects or maybe give it to a friend.