Case and point, Ubiquiti networks is once again flagrantly violating the GPL. Their AmpliFi product is basically just a reskin of OpenWRT but they won't provide the source to it.
It's been well over a year.
The Netgear R7800, while a bit more expensive ($150), is still cheaper than the price you mention, and is very powerful and able to handle gigabit speeds easily.
Guess your customs are not equal 80-90%.
They cost about $100
Edit: wups, misremembered Serbia as Slovenia. More like 160 Euro in Serbia: http://www.sampro.rs/Proizvod.aspx?kid=162&pid=33332&name=Mi...
Edit2: Arrgh, and didn't read far enough on the thread before sticking my foot in it where you otherwise discuss the Mikrotiks.
Going up to the question of Slovenia higher in the thread, there's a Slovenian vendor who has the "hAP ac" (dual band, gigabit, SFP, USB port) for 121 Euro (https://www.virtua-it.si/izdelek/mikrotik-routerboard-hap-ac...) along with other less-capable and cheaper models.
edit: forgot to mention, it's 60€ brand new from a friend who works at a WISP
I bought Orange Pi3 (38 USD) from AliExpress.
Orange Pi 3 H6 2GB LPDDR3 8GB EMMC Flash Gigabyte Ethernet Port AP6256 WIFI BT5.0 4*USB3.0 Support Android 7.0, Ubuntu, Debian
It has Gigabyte ethernet Port and USB3 capable of delivering 5gbps. (Superspeed Mode)
And I bought 1300mbps WiFi dongle (15 USD) from AliExpress:
CF-WU782AC USB 3.0 1300Mbps Network Card Wireless WiFi Adapter+Dual Antenna High Speed 5Gbps Net card
I used this to build a router.
Setup Hostapd + dnsmasq
Alternatively run Pihole and your custom iptable rules
I get around 900Mbps (5Ghz AC network) on WiFi to all my rooms.
Build your own router!
Why do you guys still buy overpriced routers? What advantage do you've over my custom built one?
Can you easily run OpenWRT on Orange PI 3 immediately after purchase?
If not, I think that could be a factor in why someone might pay more. They might want to leverage the work of OpenWRT developers.
I too recently picked up another pocket-sized SBC with Gigabit Ethernet. Compared to Orange Pi 3 it has two additional Ethernet ports, better antennas (no dongle needed), more TF card storage (128GB vs 64GB), well-tested OpenWRT support and everything to build from scratch is on Github. Like Orange Pi 3 it uses U-boot and one can easily recover from accidental bricking without opening it up.
Also has customer support, automatic updates and an additional GUI which are not things I needed but probably increased the price.
Orange Pi 3 has a GPU, HDMI port and jacks for audio and composite video. Is the buyer intending to "build a custom router" paying for specs she does not need?
What is the estimated power consumption for Orange Pi 3?
What are some examples of "overpriced routers"?
Imagine for the sake of argument we posted specs for various SBC's here without giving the "brand name" and let readers bid on what they would be willing to pay. Assuming readers could not see each others' bids, how widely would the bids vary?
Is each spec worth the same to each buyer? Do all buyers have exactly the same needs?
What is it that you purchased?
My current setup is a TP-Link router with OpenWRT, and UniFi access points for Wi-Fi. The UniFis are really nice because they are PoE, so I only need to run a single wire to where they are installed.
That’s not to say that what you did was wrong. It’s super cool! Just not a one size fits all solution.
If it's not enough, you can try to run OpenWRT inside a VM/LXD container and use a host OS for the greater good. It's lots of fun!
Thanks for the tip on the dongle.
Wifi over USB? Thanks, nope.
Usb 3 is duplex.
I'd really like to upgrade from my aging RT-N66U
I was looking for a good router which could handle high VPN speeds, while still being usable.
I found for 50 bucks on ebay a "thin client" which sported an AMD cpu with AES hardware acceleration, and a PCIe socket to put an Intel 2xGBit PCIe card I had lying around.
Installed pfSense on it. Works flawlessly. Use few watts (because thin client).
I then found for 50 bucks on ebay a Ubiquiti Unifi AC.
I haven't messed too much with it actually, because I find crazy you need to install a whole Java suite with Mongo and everything to just run the Unifi Controller to be able to configure a bit the Unifi Access Point. I'm considering putting OpenWRT on it. Though I think I will still try this Unifi Controller, because of the advanced guest
capabilities, which is still not as good on OpenWRT.
And then I bought a Ubiquiti Nanostation AC for a Wifi bridge.
For this one, I indeed replaced official firmware with OpenWRT because I can't stand that Ubiquiti makes standard Wifi unusable to push their "Air" technology. I want standards before anything else.
In the past, I "resurrected" cheap TP-Link MR3420 I had for an other project, which were bricked. Amazing that after all those years, I could still reuse hardware thanks to opensource software !
So yes, a BIG thank you to OpenWRT developers ! If any of you are out here, please receive my gratitude =)
I need to disconnect everything and go direct to the modem but I really think the C7 just can’t handle it. Running DD-WRT with a modern cable modem.
15.05.1 is very stable, but I'm not sure about vulnerabilities it has, such as recent wifi vulnerabilities.
Passwords, packages, etc: all gone.
Definitely not recommended unless you pre-tailor your setup using imagebuilder. (Reference: latest OpenWRT on similarly capable device, D-Link DIR615.)
I don't know if there's any reason to even bother upgrading. Is it faster or more secure now? Better admin UI?
$11 - laughable price for device with 3 antennas and 5xGigE.
For me the speedup with SFE is almost x2, haven't tried hardware encryption yet.
With this, I would say the C7 is an excellent router for OpenWRT.
edit: disregard the above. It looks like Broadcom chips can only run on the 2.4 GhZ b/g spectrum.
It doesn't hurt that the P2 is arguably the first "modern" x86 CPU. Linux distros usually support P2 and above for x86.
Maybe the Turris Omnia if you need WiFi and aren't worried about cost: https://omnia.turris.cz/en/
The NetGear R7800 would be somewhere between the two in cost, and reportedly does GB for wired, somewhat less over WiFi. Pretty easy to find used ones for $100USD too.
 like mine https://openwrt.org/toh/wd/n750
I even run it in some KVM environments for intra-VM routing and firewall because it's lightweight.
OpenWRT comes with command line interfaces and you need to be experienced on that.
And sub-$20 routers have been well supported for years (e.g. TP-Link TL-WR841)
Based on that the original statement "I still don’t know any good reasonably priced routers which supports Openwrt." is very understandable. A lot of rows != an easy list of good routers.
Well I use it with OpenWRT and it's perfect, no regrets especially for that price
> I tried using both open (no auth) and WPA/WPA2
meaning even without encryption, the TCP performance with OpenWRT was worse than the original firmware.
* lack of hardware encryption support
* poor network performance (about 50% slower than with original firmware) - the issue I linked to
I don't think that the Archer C7 hardware (or most consumer router hardware) supports any kind of encryption acceleration aside from what's built in to the WiFi radios. If you want a hardware accelerated VPN, you need to either get one of the Cavium-based Ubiquiti routers or something with a relatively high-end processor implementing AES instructions.
The lower routing performance has largely been solved in 18.06 with software flow offloading.
If you also need an access point, the cost does start to increase a little, but it still isn't bad at all, IMO.
I've converted some devices in the past, the latest one being a small TL-MR3020 box which now connects my Ethernet printer to my home AP.
Though I like openwrt, the web interface could be improved (meaning: making it more clear and simpler) because the above task, although trivial, required a lot more time than it should have.
Openwrt also doesn't forgive errors: on another little router I mistakenly deleted or disabled the wrong interface, and now that box is unreachable from anywhere until I'll take the time to open it and connect a serial port to reconfigure it from a terminal. But that's more of a feature :)
i've used this project to put new life into a Buffalo router that's probably 10 years old and runs way cooler and more performant than the original firmware. same with an ASUS router that's probably 6 or 7 years old.
My grandmother has a SiteCom WLR-4000 (aka SiteCom WL-351, aka EnGenius ESR9850) and that has a 4MiB flash chip; building OpenWRT for it is a pain, but I can still get a flashable image that does everything I need it to do, including the stock web interface (LuCI), with 100k left for persistent configuration data.
It even has WireGuard (kmod-wireguard, luci-app-wireguard, luci-proto-wireguard) on it for a bridge to my router at my home.
When it breaks, or if I ever upgrade my WNDR3800, I'll give that to her. But for the time being it's still perfectly serviceable.
I found routers on local classifieds for $5.
Any news about 19.01?
I tried updating my EA6350, but gave up (couldn't figure out TFTP). Which was Linksys's plan all along.
Seems that new WRT like firmwares require more ram than built 16MB.