What's your favourite cheap LEDE/OpenWrt device?

I think the GL-INET Slate/Beryl shouldn't be very expensive?

The ax3600 does not have a usb port, at least externally.

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True, AX9000 I meant I'm using with the USB port for a drive. I had on my mind the the AX3600 because I purchased one for the family recently. But this it's irrelevant for the conversation btw.

I’ve had both. Quite simply, the Beryl is the most unstable heap of shit I’ve ever used. The Slate plus is excellent.

The ZyXEL WSM20 (also sold as Multy M1) is currently £33 or £90 for a 3 pack in the UK. Not bad for AX1800 with 128MB flash, 256MB ram and the well supported MT7621/MT7915 setup.

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Hi @timothyjward
I have seen that, but it is sold as an Access Point, or am I wrong?
After flashing, it will work as Access Point, or can it be a router as well?

PS: apologies if the questions are dumb, I am an unexperience user here ....

AFAIK, on the stock firmware, the one unit you set up as base unit is also used as a router while the others are in AP/mesh mode.

With OpenWrt, any device becomes a full-blown wireless router that you can configure in any mode you like.

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As already stated, OpenWrt sets up devices as routers by default. The port labelled WAN on the device is the WAN port in the default OpenWrt configuration. I'm using one set up like this right now as I type!

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Thank you very much @andyboeh and and @timothyjward for your feedback.

Then I understand that it becomes interesting ... I will have a look how easy is to set up, and how I can isolate my devices connected to them ...

With OpenWrt each single device becomes a router by default. Even if you install OpenWrt in a fridge.

But the real intent of ZyXEL with these devices are to use them as Mesh access points, so you would be buying a ton of them (hence the price). I think this is why they are not releasing sources yet (they told me in a recent email that they will release it by the end of summer, and before they told me they would release it by May, so they keep posponing this for obvious reasons)

Still, the router has been already "cracked" and you can use it with OpenWrt from today with the snapshot version

Just purchased the Netgear WAX206 from Japan Amazon, converting the currency it's less than USD 40, will be using it as roaming AP, I believe this is the best deal I've ever seen for an OpenWrt router with 2.5G ethernet port.


Including delivery, ~60 euros to my EU country. Not bad for such quality device, Dynalink WRX36 was in Amazon.de for such price not long ago (now $80 on USA and I wonder if it will return to EU), but definitely it's a wonderful alternative. Although for 60€, it doesn't have USB port (some people like to set there a 2.5 Gb port conversion to have a 2.5Gb WAN to 2.5Gb LAN AFAIK)

In germany you can actually get a D-LINK AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender for 17.99€

In my home
Main router redmi ax6 setup with mwan3, adblock, zerotier, DoH
Extended router xiaomi Mi4a Gigabit

Both working well.

I really like this form factor however it's not available in my country.....

The size is nice, but recovery from firmware issues can be a non-starter. I certainly wouldn't want to open it up to try to attach a serial connection and risk a mains voltage shock.

Don't open it while it's plugged in?

When it's bricked and you need a serial console to help, opening the case is unavoidable.

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Yeah, I know. Don't touch the metal parts when it's plugged in. YMMV.

That makes it quite hard to debug or flash as power is required for those things!