Time to move on people, you're much better off with the AC-87U or the 8000, from day one of wider availability there'll be at least one major 3rd-party fw for which support is well advanced, including proper kernel module support.
And Asus/Netgear won't have "screamed from the rooftops" from the start, that they're "the true WRT-54G successor" OR "the true F/OSS king", they just would've DONE IT, no fuss & no muss.
Sell your 1900AC & buy from a co. that really "gets it", Belkin/Marvell have thrown roadblock after roadblock on this comical journey, it's been proven that they're woefully incompetent/unprepared for the corner they painted themselves into.
Does Broadcom have open source drivers for that would support the R8000 that none of us know about? How about Quantenna in the case of the AC-87U? Nope. So it doesn't sound much better than the WRT1900AC in that respect.
I also really don't think either Asus or Netgear get it. If they did, we wouldn't need 3rd party firmware at all. Although, I must admit that AsusWRT, based on Tomato, is not bad, but is still stuck on an outdated kernel, probably in part due to those closed-source Broadcom drivers.
Both Asus and Netgear have proclaimed their open source support in the past while also not providing full driver source. I think Belkin/Linksys' mistake was claiming OpenWrt support without engaging the developers prior to announcement or release. On top of that, they didn't have it ready themselves and initial releases were effectively unusable by the community. See these claims for Asus & Netgear:
http://www.netgear.com/home/products/ne … 3500L.aspx
To me, Atheros is the only chipset company that has really been good about releasing source for their drivers in the wifi router market, but even the latest ath10k I think requires a binary blob. It's no surprise then that the focus of most current OpenWrt development has been on Atheros-based hardware. That's where I'd put my money. Hope to see some IPQ806x (dual core ARM) hardware soon.
(Last edited by drawz on 31 Jul 2014, 01:03)