WIRED router recomendations

Hey All,

I am looking for a wired router which can run LEDE. All the wired consumer routers which are recommended (e.g. Tp-link Tl-sg1008d, Linksys BEFSR41) are not listed in the LEDE harware table.

Could you recommend anything?

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The Ubiquiti edgerouter x is listed as supported, and is relatively inexpensive. I have no experience with it though.

What level of performance do you need? For high performance there are the x86 fanless mini-PC "network appliances" with multiple gigabit ethernet ports. For low perfomance there are quite a few routers with unsupported wifi chips, which still work fine in wired use. I have had good results using a Netgear WNDR3400v2 to load balance two DSL lines.

https://github.com/lede-project/source/pull/1124 ?
These can be found on ebay very cheap and is faster than MIPS offerings despite being rather old ARM arch by now.

Hi guys!
Also looking for a wired router, but did not want to create a separate topic and saw here this Cisco ON100 recommendation.
In https://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/18.06.1/targets/kirkwood/generic/ there are three images:
And the Wiki says: You need serial console because you need to use uboot bootloader for flashing..
Please explain to me: is it possible to flash it from a web interface or do I need a cable?
Thanks in advance!

Or share your recommendations.

I wouldn't recommend it now, just go for the cheapest Marvell ARM(v7) platform you can find if you want stability or x86.

Hm... Thank you in any case for the answer and help.
I looked through all devices on Marvell ARM(v7) platform https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Marvell
This turned out to be a monopoly of Linksys: WRT1200AC / 1900AC [S] / 3200ACM / WRT32X
But they have a power supply like laptops: 3A or 4A @ 12V = 36 or 48 Wt ...
I do not even know... And their price is not very affordable
EdgeRouter X (ER-X) in their background is just a toy with its 0.5A@12VDC = 6Wt
Maybe there is something in between ARM(v7) and Mt76?
I really do not want to spend money on Turris MOX :joy: :rofl: :wink:

Espressobin is what you want probably

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You can buy a PCEngines APU2C4/3C4 for ~US$150 with three (or four) Intel NICs and a quad-core AMD64 with AES and 4 GB of RAM. Plenty for OpenWrt, or even a more sophisticated OS like FreeBSD on ZFS. Power consumption is typically 5-15 W.

The big power supplies for the high-priced routers are sometimes due to people using them as file servers or media servers, requiring power to drive multiple USB devices.

There are a few Intel-CPU based small computers in the US$150-200 range as well, though I haven't tried those (I have several PC Engines units).

From what I understand, the Espressobin units come in at an attractive price point.

Be aware though that I just discovered that http://espressobin.net/ comes up with


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Hello again!
Started burrowing in specs and looking at the Linksys WRT3200ACM/WRT32X ~$100
Marvell ARMADA 38x @ 1.8GHz Dual-Core ARMv7 (Cortex A9)
ESPRESSObin ~$50
Marvell Armada 3700LP (88F3720) Dual-Core ARMv8 Cortex A53 processor up to 1.2GHz

At ESPRESSObin, the frequency is one and a half times lower, although the newer architecture. If I understand correctly, then the previous Marvell 88F6820@1.8GHz will still be more positive than 88F3720@1.2GHz?

I'd go for the espressobin if you can live without a case mainly because it has more memory.

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I'm more interested in processor performance in chewing 1 gbit.
body is not a problem at all: http://wiki.espressobin.net/tiki-index.php?page=3D+files
The problem is that you need a switch, and this is already to pile up 2 boxes.
Well, I have enough memory ...

Go with x86 if you want gbit speeds

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Thanks for the recommendation, but I live in a one-room apartment with a room of 14 sq. m.
Even the planned NAS is going to put in the pantry.
Those x86 NUC are not cheap. And again: a switch will be required for the x86 box, but I would not like to fence pyramids.
In terms of the size, EdgeRouter X (ER-X) is generally perfect, and there seems to be software based offloading for routing/nat for it. But suddenly I will apply some rules, it may not work, so I thought once to spend money on a router that will soft-chew gigabits on the network.

I can not find the performance of the processor exactly LAN, reviewed all the tests Linksys WRT3200ACM: https://www.techspot.com/products/routers/linksys-wrt3200acm-mu-mimo-gigabit-wi-fi-router.156272/ - everywhere they test only Wi-Fi, and Iā€™m not interested in Wi-Fi at all, since I use the Ruckus 7372 for this purpose.

If we assume that FreeBSD and Linux have similar network performance about 900-950mbit is what you can expect without any QoS. https://forum.netgate.com/post/801686
The SG-3100 uses the same SoC but features more RAM and a few other things.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAEHG64B3765&Description=roqos&cm_re=roqos--22Z-005E-00004--Product might be of interest, however I have no idea if they can run anything other than the supplied software (funky bios/firmware etc) but might be worth looking into. They should be able to push 1Gbit, I have no idea if the embedded switch has official drivers and will work out of the box.

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It's very possible to combine router and NAS into one x86 box though it requires greater attention to security details. Probably I'd run two VMs, have the host be console access only or a separate USB NIC, put the regular NICs into the guest running openwrt, and hook up a veth pair between the openwrt LAN bridge and the NAS. Put a separate firewall on the NAS guest.

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Thank you, but the price is clearly not for me, but in size and stuffing - what the doctor ordered.

Thanks, friend, but I'm not so smart for such manipulations.

Sorry to have fooled you, but still you greatly enriched my knowledge.

In the end all still inclined to ER-X because of the price and availability. And a separate NAS, which I can buy for ridiculous $ 32 = Dell Wyse Z50D, and try to pick up XPEnology or OpenMediaVault on it. There will be only HDD with time to buy.

To do this I suggest a tplink sg108e smart switch, bond two NICs in the openwrt guest, and create a LAG group on the switch. Put WAN on VLAN 2 and LAN on vlan 1 then use bond0.2 as WAN device bond0.1 and veth1 as lan bridge. Connect ISP device to port 8 with untagged membership in vlan 2.

No problem, if you want to keep it simple. I think the edgerouters really don't have the horsepower without special hardware that is not QoS compatible. QoS is probably something you want. Look at wrt32x or zyxel armor routers.

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Just leave it here, suddenly someone will come in handy:
Mini pc with 6 LAN For home router, Celeron 3855u dual core skylake = $137.90 for those who need AES-NI
XCY Mini pc with 6 LAN Ethernet Gigabit Celeron 1007U = $108.68

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