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Topic: Best low end router for openwrt ?

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Hi for small office`s ( in each 10-15 devices mostly on wifi  ) need some  low end router`s(client don`t want buy  medium end router`s  but want stability ).So what low end router are best working on openwrt.

I have a D-Link 825 that is dual band (802.11an), and GigE ports. Works pretty well on LEDE. Picked it up used for $20.

Add TP-Link 1043nd to the list too.

nitroshift

Buy a Linksys WRT1200AC, it costs 120Euros on Amazon which isn't much really... especially not for an office. Other than that, I can recommand the GLI-Net routers, which are stable and run Lede per default, for example

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073TSK26W/re … &psc=1 ($20).

(Last edited by makedir on 7 Dec 2017, 07:02)

Just get some ath9k based wifi device from ebay. You can get working openwrt/lede supported wlan-n devices for about 1-5$.

makedir wrote:

Buy a Linksys WRT1200AC, it costs 120Euros on Amazon which isn't much really... especially not for an office. Other than that, I can recommand the GLI-Net routers, which are stable and run Lede per default, for example

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073TSK26W/re … &psc=1 ($20).

The other advantage of this - or the WRT1900 - is that it is very well supported by the community

I cant recommend the WRT1900 device. It is based on closed source wifi parts and cant be run functional when using just free software.
He asked for "low end" with price as reason. Using ath9k based 1$ ebay router fits much better the requirements of the first post. For 120Euros he could buy about 125! single 1$ ath9k devices.
He also wrote "office". Not "gaming" or something else where security maybe does not matter.
The security basics are not by accident https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_ … _obscurity . Only when this point is checked and only free software is been used, only then the security can be authenticated and propperly reviewed.

In short again: Get a 1$ ath9k free-software-only based wifi device. Its more secure then some other devices that fails on security basics like the described one on wikipedia.

(Last edited by xicoyihl on 10 Jan 2018, 22:15)

I always used tplinks wr841n, they are cheap and work fine, as long as you can get V12 or lower version. Most recent V13 has unstable wifi in ap mode. So to be sure, I'd go for tp link wr1043nd, which is still atheros (wr841n v13 is mediatek), has good community support and is stable. But it is quite expensive ($40 in here).

(Last edited by nozombian on 13 Jan 2018, 01:02)

I am pretty happy with my D-Link DIR-825, supports Dual Band and just about every 5 Ghz channel out there (about 50). Picked it up on a local used site for $20.

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