This page tries to document various companies involved in distributing hardware that can be used with OpenWrt.
There is a difference between advertising Open Source support, OpenWrt support and continuous involvement in OpenWrt development processes.
A database of supported hardware is available in this wiki: Table of Hardware
Another detailed database with detailed Chip, FCC and Vendor (ODM, brand) annotation is maintained at Wikidevi project.
Large companies do not necessarily make better hardware.
Companies might only be active in one geographic region.
|Brand/Vendor||Country of origin||Founded||Revenue||Employees|
|Asus||TW||1989||12 bill. $||105000|
|Fast/Mercury/TP-Link||CN||1996||2 bill. $ (2014)||23000 (2015)|
|Netgear||USA||1996||1.3 bill. $||963|
|Belkin||USA||1983||1 bill. $||1200|
|D-Link||TW||1986||850 mio. $||2700|
|ZyXEL||TW||1989||480 mio $||2200|
|AVM||DE||1986||400 mio €||570|
|Edimax||TW||1986||153 mio €||1200|
|IOData||JP||1976||~325 mio $|
Sources: wikipedia, company websites
Some companies produce hardware that targets businesses (specification, price).
Some companies only sell development boards to end users. Other vendors provide hardware to complete the system, while OpenWrt provides Software. Some ship “incomplete” or old OpenWrt versions.
Some ODMs have their own brands (Senao has EnGenius) or sell with different brands/brands from bought companies.
An OEM/ODM vendor manufactures hardware for vendors selling to end-users.
|Alpha Networks||D-Link||wikidevi DIR-860L_A1|
|Delta Networks||Netgear||wikidevi R6000|
|AVM/Arcadyan||Telekom Speedport||wikipedia Speedport|
For a list of SoC see: SoC (System on a Chip)
Some brands use many different ODM/OEM companies and might change SoC between revisions: extreme example is D-Link DIR-615.
TP-Link seems to prefer QCA SoCs. Asus seems to prefer Broadcom SoCs.
Arris sells Cable modem/routers. Similar to DSL chipsets most cable (DOCSIS) chipsets are likely closed source, making OpenWrt support unlikely.