What's your favourite cheap LEDE/OpenWrt device?

seems fine.

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Strange, when some are praising their device, this is fine, but when I claim, that Cudy WR2100 (I had it and I tested it) is a bad device, with bad performance and bad coverage, then this message is inappropriate for some.

you should claim based on facts/reviews

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Just got a D-link dir-2660 secondhand at less than $30. Love it on 21.02.0-rc4.

$0 Engenius ESR1750. Friend upgraded to an Asus and don't need it anymore. I was on the 18.06.9 firmware for over a year, until I read that EPG5000 might have the same hardware as it, so I took a chance and flash to EPG5000 18.06.9 firmware. It worked, then I was able to flash to EGP5000 19.07.8 firmware.

$5 Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H. Found it on classified for $10, offered $5. Running current 19.07.8 firmware.

$0 Netgear AC1000 R6080. Found it on classified for $0. Running snapshot. Support AC wireless but only have a 10/100 switch for the wires. Have it as a backup.

There are plenty of $20 AC capable routers on classified near me as none of my devices support AX, AC routers work just fine for me.

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You might not realize it but putting OpenWRT on that R6080 unlocked some features. that router is an AC1200 class router they artificially crippled to AC1000 speeds. By flashing it to OpenWRT you unlocked AC1200.

Interesting information, thanks.

The weak point of the R6080 is its 10/100 switch so I probably won't be using it.

Yup. Thats its weak point. Its advantage is that it can be regularly had on amazon reconditioned for around $10. I got one for $9 off amazon I use in the garage so my cars navigation system can update overnight. It's perfect for that type of use.

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5 GHz in unsupported. I recommend you to buy from Aliexpress YouHua WR1200JS.

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I agree. And for this reason I would like to add TP-Link Archer A6(v3) and Archer C6 (v3.2) which are actually the same product with different names.

They share the same configurations as Xiamoi Mi4A Gigabit you stated above with the added bonus of being easier to flash OpenWRT (direct flash from stock firmware, no software exploit required) and have 5 Gigabit ports (2 more than the Mi 4A).

Here in my country they are sold for the equivalent of US$ 45 dollars on local online stores with 2 day free delivery. A little more than the 4A Gigabit but at least for me worth the 2 additional Gigabit ports and the guaranteed OpenWRT flashing.


Netgear WNDR4300v1. Good router of its day. Quite cheap these days on the second hand market. Single core Atheros cpu, 128mb ram and 128mb flash. I am using it just as a gateway, with wireless function disabled.

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I have the same router but am not able to put full 128mb flash into use and it's not clear if v21 can be safely installed on it. Otherwise it's been good.

that unfortunately affects a lot of routers. You can only use the β€žfirmwareβ€œ partition size, which in your case seems:
Hex value:
1fc0000 – 6c0000
Decimal value:
33292288 – 7077888 = 26214400 = roughly 26Megabyte.

according to that wiki link, it is supported. What exactly are your concerns?

DDWRT makes all 128M flash available not sure how they are able to achieve that.

Just feel a bit unease with the ar71xx to ath79 upgrade. From what I read the source code commit messages, at least sysupgrade won't work and has to be tftp flashing.

I am on 19.07.8. So can't comment on v21 yet. I also wonder why the full storage capacity is not utilized.

Because the OpenWrt developer decided to stick with the OEM partitioning in order to allow for reverting to stock firmware.

When I first got my WNDR4300v1 I briefly tested and openwrt/ddwrt/stock firmware can be installed repeatedly in any order by tftp flashing without any noticeable issue. 90M flash space wasn't filled up to test when it was made available by ddwrt not sure if that made any difference.

If AC1300 is enough wifi for you and you don't need to shape a gigabit, the Linksys ea6350 v3 with @notengobattery's outstanding optimized build is a startlingly good device which can easily be found for <$30 shipped on ebay. Quad-core 718GHz cpu, 256MB ram, 128MB Flash, dual-firmware, and USB3, which I've tested with a dual Realtek ethernet adapter -- it'll handle a gigabit by itself without taxing the CPU. He's fixed the switch oddness so it can be configured properly in luci, and just generally unleashed all its capability with dozens of well-thought-out optimizations. For anything up to a 500 mbit WAN installation I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. Also pretty awesome as a NAS, just plug a dual-drive USB 3.1 enclosure into it.

Qualcomm almost got it right with the IPQ4018; unfortunately the internal bandwidth between the CPU and switch/phy/usb is a bit too narrow for routing much more than a gigabit aggregate in both edge and LAN. A great pity because those cores are capable of doing a lot more work than those inexcusably narrow back channels will let it do.



I recently purchased the ODYSSEY - X86J4125 SBC from Seeed and it seems to be working very well with OpenWrt. I have tested the network speed on the onboard Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and they both reach Gigabit speeds as mentioned. I am also running the OpenWrt system offered by Seeed which already contains many packages. I am already running NAS, Plex Media Server, Adguard Home and VPN on it!
I came across another cheaper board which is this CM4 carrier board and maybe will give it a try later.
I also found out that it's pretty easy to setup the board out-of-the-box because the above OpenWrt system by Seeed already had the Ethernet ports configured. (LAN at and WAN as DHCP client). So I only had to connect the Ethernet ports to get a working router.

So far I am happy with replacing my normal router with an OpenWrt router and exploring more possibilities with OpenWrt!

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It seem great alternative for SBC. How much do you spend for the whole setup?
Can it provide DLNA support? It seems miniDLNA package in OpenWRT is out of date.
Thank you.