Just signed up as I’m new to openWRT, not used it before in any capacity.
I have a Virgin media hub 3. And their 200mb connection. Hopefully will upgrade to the 350mb soon.
I have no idea what router would be suitable, I’ve used the hub 3 for years and it’s been mostly okay. But I would like something better.
I want to be able to block ads network wide. Have reliable wifi (not a large house, just 2 bedroom). Needs to have 3 lan ports and a usb port so I can connect a hard drive. And something that is easy to instal openWRT on.
I’ve looked at SO many routers I’m just confusing myself. I’ve searched the forum and read countless posts etc. checked Reddit etc.
I was considering the Gl.inet flint, or the archer C7 v5, or the belkin RT3200. Would any of those be okay? Or should I be looking elsewhere?
it's not a home router, no plastic, fancy LEDs and stuff, looks like a network switch, but otherwise, yeah.
You also get endless storage (not really, but at least 2TB via SATA, I guess), 2GB of RAM, and a (lot) beefier CPU.
UI is exactly the same, the flashing differs, but it's pretty unkillable, since you can't wipe the bios (boot loader, in the router world) by accident.
Add a TP-Link RE650 or Asrock G10, as AP for the wifi, both are currently cheap on ebay.
if you want a single device solution, consider the G10.
The C7 is stable and failsafe, but it's completely out of its leagues with 350 MBit/s wan speeds
(the hard limit is around 175-200 MBit/s).
Not with the OPs speed requirements in mind. Might still be nice to play around with, to get familiar with OpenWrt, maybe as addon wireless AP - but it's totally unsuitable to route 350 MBit/s.
The price of the rt3200 fluctuates quite drastically, with a little patience you may get it for 50-70 GBP though - and it's more than worth that much for a wifi6 wireless router.
Personally I'd lean towards the CR25ing as well, as it sorts out the routing speed problem quite reliably and should be a good match, combined with a decent AP, but with the OPs requriements in mind, the rt3200 might be an easier entry into OpenWrt. Do not count on the wireless option of the CR25Wing, only a single mini-PCIe slot and afaik 802.11n (ath9k), this needs to be outsourced to a proper concurrent dual-band 802.11ac/ ax AP.
The ASRock g10 is a nice device, much faster than the c7 and often available for rather little money, but 350 MBit/s is not far away from its maximum routing performance and recovery is not very user friendly (serial console required). For the right price still a great option, even if 'just' as AP.