Recommend a device for 550 mbps WAN

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cookiemonsteruk
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 13:55    Post subject: Recommend a device for 550 mbps WAN Reply with quote
Hello.
I currently use a Netgear R7000 with DD-WRT. I have it seems, using shortcut engine, maxed the throughput of the hardware on about 380 mbps.
I have googled, read posts, articles and threads and it seems that that is the limit on Broadcom for well documented licensing decisions.
What I need/want is:
- routing to about 30 LAN devices, both wifi and wired via a microtik switch into one of the router's lan ports.
- OpenVPN server permanently but it is only used when I am on holiday for instance, to connect to my home network.
- stubby for DNSoTLS.

What I do not need currently:
- QOS.

Here comes the question:
What is the recommended Atheros device or devices to run this and fully utilise the 550 mbps WAN. I might be able to upgrade to 1 gbps in the future, but it might be another year.

I am clear that if it is beyond consumer grade routers that I need to either look at the unifi, pfsense, etc. of this world. They are nice but I prefer the lower cost but most importantly the customisation possibilities on DD-WRT.
Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 14:17    Post subject: Reply with quote
R7800 or R9000
cookiemonsteruk
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 14:38    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks . Is that Netgear?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 14:39    Post subject: Reply with quote
They were links!. Sorry I missed that. Looking asap.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 14:47    Post subject: Reply with quote
Eeek!! How much?!
I guess performance has a cost. The R9000 is more expensive than the unifi dream machine that I thought it was too much for a router.
I need to look at the R7800 now.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 16:57    Post subject: Reply with quote
so far Netgear R7800 is the best price/performance/DDWRT support router, still versatile to handle good performance of Atheros radios, vlans, OpenVPN, Wireguard, and near 1Gig (950 ish) WAN speed...

Netegar R9000 has a quite of misunderstandings, in terms of design...WiFI radios easy to burn, as its heat dispersing is not great, as well an odd dual switch that is still incapable of vlan segmentation as good, as R7800 is...apart of that R9000 will deliver great OpenVPN/Wireguard performance a bit better range good throughput performance either via WAN port or SFP+ LAN 10GbE (10Gbps) port..

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TP-Link WR740Nv1 -----DD-WRT 46446 BS AP,NAT
TP-Link WR740Nv4 -----DD-WRT 44251 BS WAP/Switch
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ---DD-WRT 46446 BS AP,NAT,AP Isolation,Ad-Block,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DoT,VPN,VLAN
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ---DD-WRT 46640 BS AP,NAT,AD/Block,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DoT,VPN,VLAN
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ---Gargoyle OS 1.12.0 AP,NAT,QoS,Quotas
Qualcomm/IPQ8065
Netgear R7800 -----DD-WRT 46640 BS AP,NAT,AD-Block,AP&Net Isolation,VLAN's,Firewall,Local DNS,DoT
Broadcom
Netgear R7000 -----DD-WRT 46640 BS AP,Wi-Fi OFF,NAT,AD-Block,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,VLAN's,DoT,VPN
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Jon8RFC
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 17:31    Post subject: Reply with quote
cookiemonsteruk wrote:
Eeek!! How much?!
I guess performance has a cost. The R9000 is more expensive than the unifi dream machine that I thought it was too much for a router.
I need to look at the R7800 now.


Use camelcamelcamel.com to keep an eye out for a good price for the r7800 on amazon. Used is a risk, but could be worth the hassle of returning until you get a good one. I got a used r7800 for my sister around $135 almost two years ago and it's been great. I got mine brand new in November 2018 for $160. Keep an eye out for price drops.

If you go the used route, I'd suggest only getting used if it's shipped/fulfilled by amazon, so that a return is painless. Go for "very good" or "like new" though. Lower than that and stuff could be missing and they may ding you for a return.
Buying used from a seller directly isn't worth even the thought of trying to return a dud, for me.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 17:37    Post subject: Reply with quote
Or take the chance and check offerup, eBay, craigslist, amazon, etc. for USED R7800s. I think I paid ~$80 for mine and it's still a tank.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:11    Post subject: Reply with quote
i always get my R7800's from ebay, so far i ordered 10+
never had an issue, also have 1 brand new as a spare unit (well...its been used and tested)...recent prices on ebay/amazon are good, last month ordered 2 units for a projects all second hand, this unit is a rock solid, as a design and hardware....the only week point it could be PSU if they are from different countries like UK, EU or US but this is easy to cope with...just make sure you get the correct PSU if so...

R9000 many faulty (radio) units, so be very careful when you get a second hand...
but even thow, its easy to mitigate the faulty radio issue...with extra cheap router plugged to its LAN port as a WAP...

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Atheros
TP-Link WR740Nv1 -----DD-WRT 46446 BS AP,NAT
TP-Link WR740Nv4 -----DD-WRT 44251 BS WAP/Switch
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ---DD-WRT 46446 BS AP,NAT,AP Isolation,Ad-Block,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DoT,VPN,VLAN
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ---DD-WRT 46640 BS AP,NAT,AD/Block,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DoT,VPN,VLAN
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 ---Gargoyle OS 1.12.0 AP,NAT,QoS,Quotas
Qualcomm/IPQ8065
Netgear R7800 -----DD-WRT 46640 BS AP,NAT,AD-Block,AP&Net Isolation,VLAN's,Firewall,Local DNS,DoT
Broadcom
Netgear R7000 -----DD-WRT 46640 BS AP,Wi-Fi OFF,NAT,AD-Block,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,VLAN's,DoT,VPN
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cookiemonsteruk
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:14    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm tracking the R7800 with camelcamelcamel uk since yesterday.
Really good advice, much obliged.
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