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Review of OpenWRT and LEDE Routers Available on Amazon

If your looking for a well supported OpenWRT or LEDE router available from Amazon this is a list of my findings and opinions.

Historically the Linksys WRT AC1200 has been my router of choice for projects but with prices remaining around 150 USD it has become less desirable for small projects. My ideal router pick would be:

  • Under 100 USD
  • 2.4 and 5 Ghz support
  • Good OpenWRT / LEDE support
  • Available from common retailer sources

My current findings  and reviews ordered based on preference

Current Favorites

GL.iNet GL-AR750


  • Travel router
  • Not explicitly listed on the LEDE supported hardware page (as of 2017-11-20)


  • Price
  • 5Ghz support

GL.iNet Brand - General


  • Mostly travel routers.
  • No 5Ghz support (as of 2017-11-20)



Linksys WRT AC1200


  • Price. Currently $145 as of 2017-11-20



Don't bother with these


NETGEAR N750 - WNDR4300v1


  • ONLY V1 is supported and Amazon doesn't clarify what is sold.


NETGEAR N600 - WNDR3400v3


  • Amazon doesn't clarify if version 3 is sold
  • Memory a little less than N750



NETGEAR N750 - WNDR4300v2


  • V2 is not supported.


Kasda AC1200


  • Isn't listed on the OpenWRT or LEDE as a supported router (as of 2017-11-20)
  • Contain a customized version of OpenWRT based on review.


  • Good price



  • No 5 Ghz support



TP-Link Brand

Prior to the Linksys WRT series of OpenSource routers this was my preferred brand but then TP-Link started locking their firmware images making it difficult to upgrade from a stock image to OpenWRT / LEDE


  • TP-Link locked the firmware to prevent OpenWRT / LEDE upgrades
  • No longer easy to upgrade


  • Decent prices



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Wrecked Dreams

Wrecked Dreams

Cinnaminson, NJ

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Google ‘Now’ Can’t Make a Decent List

Slowly I started to use the Google Now Assistant to add items to a Google Keep list of items that I could make simply by saying 'Ok Google, add widget to list parts' and it would add a line in the list named 'Parts' where I could view, organize, and share it in Google Keep. To my surprise items sent to a list now appear in the Google Shopping list app... I mean site which is related to something called Google Express which I've also never heard of. I echo the sentiments of Ron Amadeo in his ARS Technica write-up about the situation.

I'll be searching for an alternative solution but it appears Google Assistant is a closed solution. Maybe Cortana + Wunderlist is a viable solution.

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Ship Spotting: Regius


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Launching a Kayak near Camden, NJ

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The best place to launch a kayak south of the Ben Franklin Bridge is Gloucester City Marina. The marina website doesn't mention about kayaks but after checking it out for myself I found it to be quite welcoming, with plenty of parking, and access after hours. It's a bit south of the bridge but the best place to do it.

If you are looking for something closer there are some other options but much less desirable. You might be able to put in by the Michael J Doyle Fishing Pier by crossing through the trees lining the north side of Jackson St to access the beach. Parking is limited and the beach might be on private property so I don't recommend this option. I hope to save you the hassle in case you look at the map and have similar thoughts.

The public spaces in Camden, NJ near Wiggins Park Marina are all fenced off so unless you have a slip at the Marina and can access the dock or are willing to jump over the fence there aren't many options available.

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