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Open wrt Router and switch
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How do you setup a open wrt router and switch board without messing with your home Wifi. Do you need a second modem setup? I would prefer to do it the easiest least complicated way. Does anyone have instructions on how to set ip the open wrt router(possibly a video). To be specific this is the router I purchased: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RY...UTF8&psc=1
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(01-07-2018, 06:00 AM)rotn4 Wrote: How do you setup a open wrt router and switch board without messing with your home Wifi. Do you need a second modem setup? I would prefer to do it the easiest least complicated way. Does anyone have instructions on how to set ip the open wrt router(possibly a video). To be specific this is the router I purchased: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RY...UTF8&psc=1

This looks like the only version that works -> https://www.myopenrouter.com/article/how...r-wnr3500l

**Functionality is missing i.e. USB port doesn't work after installing, so proceed at your own risk

My suggestion is to wait a while. There's a good chance that DD-WRT firmware can also be used without removing standard functionality -> https://synacl.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/...-wnr3500l/
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#3
https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/recommended_routers

Can anyone that has a node up and running recommend any routers from that list? Or any routers in general...
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#4
Can anyone suggest a router available on amazon (USA) that maybe flashes with no issues?
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(01-09-2018, 04:19 PM)CutiePi Wrote: https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/recommended_routers

Can anyone that has a node up and running recommend any routers from that list? Or any routers in general...

Bumping this, I'd like to hear from someone who has a node running as well!
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(01-15-2018, 09:26 PM)JiaLee Wrote: Can anyone suggest a router available on amazon (USA) that maybe flashes with no issues?

I just got a version 2 TP-Link AC1750 off ebay. It hasn't shown up yet but from what I was able to figure out it was the newest router that had stable OpenWRT code running, since the development has petered out or something. Not sure if something OpenWRT specific(vs DD-WRT or LEDE) is needed at this stage so I figured this was the safest bet. If you order from amazon its a crapshoot what version you get, hopefully this ebay seller is legit. if so they had a lot more in stock.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/TP-Link-Archer-...0009.m1982
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#7
I got a question:
If I use a router which doesn't support VLAN, will this be a problem? Slow down everything or won't work at all?
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I bought a TPlink AC1750 from Amazon and received a v4 (anything later than v2 isn't supported by Openwrt).

Can anyone provide info on why Openwrt routers are recommended over other routers that are supported by other 3rd party firmware? What's that all about?

I'm ready to slap supported DD-WRT on mine but I thought I'd look for some feedback first... thanks
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(02-12-2018, 07:05 PM)Laughmore Wrote: I bought a TPlink AC1750 from Amazon and received a v4 (anything later than v2 isn't supported by Openwrt).

Can anyone provide info on why Openwrt routers are recommended over other routers that are supported by other 3rd party firmware?  What's that all about?

I'm ready to slap supported DD-WRT on mine but I thought I'd look for some feedback first... thanks

Actually, the AC1750 v4 is supported.  Check https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer-c5-c7-wdr7500

The difference is the older versions are supported by the last stable release, and to use the v4 you need to install the snapshot (latest build).  It is a similar situation with the TP-Link 1043N (v5), and I have personally seen that done and it worked like a charm!

As to why OpenWRT is recommended, I believe it is for security.  Many router firmwares have security flaws which are periodically discovered.  There may be more to it than that, but if there is it hasn't been announced yet.

Hope that helps!

(01-21-2018, 06:10 AM)Telos Wrote:
(01-09-2018, 04:19 PM)CutiePi Wrote: https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/recommended_routers

Can anyone that has a node up and running recommend any routers from that list? Or any routers in general...

Bumping this, I'd like to hear from someone who has a node running as well!

The two that I like and have personally seen work (confirmed LEDE/OpenWRT install) are:

TP-Link TL-WR1043ND/WR1043N - Available on Amazon.  There is some conflicting documentation out there, but I can confirm that the 1043N does support OpenWRT, and it can easily be flashed from the GUI.

Ubiquiti Edgerouter X - No wifi, but awesome router with great specs at a great price.  Slightly trickier to install LEDE/OpenWRT, involves more command line, but I have done it and will post a guide soon.

There are many more that will work, If you want fast WiFi the TP-Link AC1750 is good, and the Linksys WRT series is very well supported (1200AC, 1900AC, 3200AC).  Some of those might be too bulky to put inside a housing if you're going that route, especially the WRT3200AC, it's huge!
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#10
Any updates on best open wrt routers? And tutorial on how to set up?
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