OpenWRT hardware recommendation - available devices 2022

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OpenWRT provides a uniform and up-to-date software for different network devices like routers or access points and delivers countless additional setting options, software packages and functions. This makes it possible to combine new and old devices from different manufacturers and, among other things, to use low-cost hardware in a common WiFi, see: Setting up a home network: Extending LAN and WLAN | Improving.

new devices for OpenWRT, not so easy at all

The search for hardware suitable for OpenWRT is anything but simple. The "Table of Hardware" on the OpenWRT page includes around 2000 devices, but very few of them are suitable for use because they are outdated, do not support the current release or certain functions, or are no longer available. After spending some time to find suitable devices and not finding a really good filtered source, I tried to create a list myself. As a basis I used the official OpenWRT device list and filtered it according to the following criteria:

Source is the list from the official OpenWRT page: Table of Hardware: Standard, all devices, this was filtered as follows:

Version Devices that support the current OpenWrt version: 22.03.2 (found: 2022-10-19)
Installation Devices where OpenWRT can be installed via the existing web interface.
Memory min. 8MB Flash / 64MB RAM
WiFi support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi

Regarding availability, I looked up the devices on the Amazon site, removed devices that were not listed, and added a link for devices that were found.

I will update the mentioned devices regularly ...

OpenWRT compatible devices

WiFi Router

Linksys MR8300

CPU: 4x 717 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 256NAND MB
RAM: 512 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Qualcomm Atheros QCA4019, Qualcomm Atheros QCA9888)
Published on OpenWRT: 2021-08-31

 

Source / DevicePage for Linksys MR8300

GL.iNet GL-B1300

CPU: 4x 717 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 32 MB
RAM: 256 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Qualcomm Atheros IPQ4028)
Published on OpenWRT: 2019-11-03

 

Source / DevicePage for GL.iNet GL-B1300

Linksys EA8300 v1

CPU: 4x 717 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 256NAND MB
RAM: 256 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Qualcomm Atheros IPQ4019, Qualcomm Atheros QCA9886)
Published on OpenWRT: 2018-07-10

 

Source / DevicePage for Linksys EA8300 v1

Linksys WRT3200ACM v1 (rango)

CPU: 2x 1866 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 256NAND MB
RAM: 512 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Marvell 88W8964)
Published on OpenWRT: 2018-12-28

 

Source / DevicePage for Linksys WRT3200ACM v1 (rango)

Linksys WRT1900AC v2 (cobra) v1 (mamba)

CPU: 2x 1600 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 128NAND MB /
RAM: 512 MB / 256 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Marvell 88W8864)
Published on OpenWRT: 2018-12-28

 

Source / DevicePage for Linksys WRT1900AC

Linksys E8450

CPU: 2x 1350 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 128NAND MB
RAM: 512 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac/ax (MediaTek MT7622BV, MediaTek MT7915E)
Published on OpenWRT: 2021-03-02

WiFi 6 Router. Same Hardware as Belkin RT3200. Installation have to be done in 2 steps, see: github.com/dangowrt/owrt-ubi-installer

Source / DevicePage for Linksys E8450

Cudy X6

CPU: 2x 880 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 32 MB
RAM: 256 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n/ax; 5G a/n/ac/ax (MediaTek MT7915E)

Customized OpenWrt version: Installation via a download from the manufacturer: www.cudytech.com/openwrt_software_download

Source / DevicePage for Cudy X6

Linksys EA7300 v1 v2

CPU: 2x 880 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 128NAND MB /
RAM: 256 MB /
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (MediaTek MT7615N)
Published on OpenWRT: 2020-10-12

Hint: SSH-Command necessary after installation so that the router always boots from OpenWRT.

Source / DevicePage for Linksys EA7300 / Source / DevicePage for Linksys EA7300 v2

Cudy WR2100

CPU: 2x 880 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 16 MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (MediaTek MT7603E, MediaTek MT7615E)
Published on OpenWRT: 2021-11-08

 

Source / DevicePage for Cudy WR2100

Linksys E5600 v1

CPU: 2x 880 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 128NAND MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (MediaTek MT7603, MediaTek MT7613E)
Published on OpenWRT: 2021-06-06

 

Source / DevicePage for Linksys E5600 v1

NETGEAR R6350

CPU: 2x 880 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 128NAND MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (MediaTek MT7603E, MediaTek MT7615)
Published on OpenWRT: 2019-09-02

 

Source / DevicePage for NETGEAR R6350

NETGEAR WNDR3700 v5

CPU: 1x 880 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 16 MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (MediaTek MT7603EN, MediaTek MT7612EN)
Published on OpenWRT: 2014-11-06

 
Attention only 1 CPU core, see: NAT performance

Source / DevicePage for NETGEAR WNDR3700 v5

TP-Link Archer A7 v5

CPU: 1x 750 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 16 MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Qualcomm Atheros QCA9563, Qualcomm Atheros QCA9880)
Published on OpenWRT: 2019-11-03

The device is identical to TP-Link Archer C7.
Attention only 1 CPU core, see: NAT performance

Source / DevicePage for TP-Link Archer A7 v5

GL.iNet GL-X750 (Spitz)

CPU: 1x 650 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 16, microSDXC MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Qualcomm Atheros QCA9531, Qualcomm Atheros QCA9887)
Published on OpenWRT: 2020-07-10

 
Attention only 1 CPU core, see: NAT performance

Source / DevicePage for GL.iNet GL-X750 (Spitz)

Range Extender

NETGEAR EX6150 v2

CPU: 4x 717 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 16 MB /
RAM: 256 MB / 64 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Qualcomm Atheros IPQ4018)

 

Source / DevicePage for NETGEAR EX6150 / Source / DevicePage for NETGEAR EX6150

TP-Link RE650 v1 v2

CPU: 2x 880 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 16 MB / 8 MB
RAM: 128 MB /
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (MediaTek MT7615E)
Published on OpenWRT: 2022-04-09

 
Attention only 8MB Flash, Future updates may be limited, GUI may have to be activated via SSH after the update.

Source / DevicePage for TP-Link RE650 / Source / DevicePage for TP-Link RE650 v2

NETGEAR EX3700

CPU: 1x 580 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 8 MB
RAM: 64 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (MediaTek MT7612E, MediaTek MT7620A)
Published on OpenWRT: 2018-06-23

 
Attention only 8MB Flash, Future updates may be limited, GUI may have to be activated via SSH after the update.

Source / DevicePage for NETGEAR EX3700

WiFi AP

NETGEAR WAC124

CPU: 2x 880 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 128NAND MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (MediaTek MT7603, MediaTek MT7615)
Published on OpenWRT: 2020-06-27

 

Source / DevicePage for NETGEAR WAC124

NETGEAR WAC104

CPU: 1x 880 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 128NAND MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (MediaTek MT7603EN, MediaTek MT7612EN)
Published on OpenWRT: 2020-06-15

 

Source / DevicePage for NETGEAR WAC104

Travel Router

GL.iNet GL-AR750S v1

CPU: 1x 775 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 128NAND, 16, microSDXC MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Qualcomm Atheros QCA9563, Qualcomm Atheros QCA9887)
Published on OpenWRT: 2018-08-23

 

Source / DevicePage for GL.iNet GL-AR750S v1

GL.iNet GL-AR750

CPU: 1x 650 (Cores x Mhz)
Flash: 16 MB
RAM: 128 MB
WiFi: 2,4G b/g/n; 5G a/n/ac (Qualcomm Atheros QCA9531, Qualcomm Atheros QCA9887)
Published on OpenWRT: 2018-04-18

 

Source / DevicePage for GL.iNet GL-AR750

Before installation, please read the DevicePage of the respective device.

Before installing OpenWRT on a device, please read the DevicePage of the respective device thoroughly and follow any instructions!

Use as router and NAT performance

When used as a router, a device with multiple CPU cores should be used for Internet bandwidths greater than 300MBit, see: openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer-c5-c7-wdr7500.

Conclusion

It can take some time until a device is listed with the current "stable version" of OpenWRT. Accordingly, the listed devices have usually been on the market for some time, which is not necessarily a disadvantage: Thanks to OpenWRT, the devices get up-to-date, mature software and usually updates for a very long time and are sometimes somewhat cheaper than a newer model, see also:  Alternative router firmware: OpenWrt and no longer DD-WRT. A WiFi router with additional access points could be used to set up a home network. All devices listed here could be used as additional access points: WiFi router, Wifi AP or range extender by configuring this as an access point. The connection between the router and additional access points ideally takes place via LAN cables, see: Set up network for home: Expand and improve your LAN / WiFi.

 

 

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Updated: 2022-10-28 von Bernhard 🔔


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