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Finally got around to buying an actual home router. My new laptop has a tendency to brutally crash my Raspberry Pi. Poor little thing.

The router is only around €31. I hope it actually does what it says on the tin.

@replikvlt it ships any moment. But is openwrt really that important? I just need a cheap router for my 100/100 in my small apartment

@replikvlt the next viable option would be TP-Link Archer C60, but it costs nearly twice as much and seems overkill.

@fred
I mean it isn't really important, but i prefer it. It fixed my tp-ink that needed a reset once in a while to keep working.
Openwrt works for 2 years (or maybe more) now and i didnt reboot it once. Also it gives you more control and you can reboot router without physically going and unplugging it. (some routers do have flash suporting it but not mine.
Probably gives more stability, configurability, security etc.

@replikvlt was the firmware faulty out of the box?

@fred
Probably, might be this particular device (i am lucky for such thing (3/6 devices i had so far are cursed)) but i was not too fammiliar with all these computer things when i got it on my birthday, so i dealt with restarting it

@fred @replikvlt Honestly it's not that important unless:
- you want to do anything somewhat complex with routing
- you want to run open source firmware on your device

If your router is just to gain access to the 'net, who cares.
@fred @replikvlt I plan to never buy a router without openwrt support again if I can help it. For some reason the stock firmware on most routers just doesn't work well at all.

@brad @replikvlt if the product turns out the be inherently faulty I have a 2 year basic warranty. For the first 6 months the onus is on the merchant to prove that it is not faulty.

@fred @replikvlt the issue likely wouldn't be as clear as "oops, that's a bad one", it's more like the software is never good or stable and it can't be improved because it's proprietary. you may reboot it often when problems occur and the company may treat this as normal.

@brad @replikvlt inherent flaws in the product is enough under the warranty. I'm not opting to buy something that stops working on a regular basis. What's important is that it is the manufacturer's fault, and I haven't written the firmware.

@fred @replikvlt sure, but if you get it replaced it's going to be running the same firmware they put on it before... I'm maybe missing something here but it does not sound helpful at all to have a warranty here

@brad @replikvlt what happens is I can decide if they should replace or repair the faulty decide. If either of that fails to resolve the issue I can demand a refund.

@fred
At the end of the day i wouldnt force oss on everyone, just use what is best for you.
(but if router works nice out of box, i wouldnt recommend flashing firmware updates)
@brad

@replikvlt @brad I would prefer openwrt over proprietary firmware. My current router is just a pi running Hostapd.

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