OpenWrt is a niche Linux distribution, which enables you to deploy a vast variety of software. Your hardware is the only limit. This guide is intended to help you pick the right hardware to meet your particular needs.
| OpenWrt does not recommend any hardware or manufacturer!
There is no “best hardware”, since people's needs are so different.
To think through your requirements, read Which Router Should I Buy?
Once you have that list, ask for a recommendation on the forum.
You don't have to spend a lot: OpenWrt is what does the magic!
(Please consult the Wireless Overview)
(Please consult the Internet access technologies)
bittorrent, a web server and other stuff, enough RAM will make them run smoothly. Some of them tolerate SWAP pretty good, others do not. FYI: If you are considering adding more RAM, keep in mind that there are no DDR1-Modules bigger then 64MB. Also, the SoC sometimes only support so much. For example, the Marvell Kirkwood, supports a maximum of 512MB.
OpenWrt targets traditional routers. These run on ARM or MIPS CPUs.
However running inside a VM or on common x86 Hardware is also possible.
While most consumer Hardware can lack Ethernet ports, Hardware for
IPC (Industrial PC) or
are built and advertised for 24/7 operation.
embedded devices or
SBC (Single-board_computer) may be viable alternatives.
Most hardware is constructed to run at a temperature range from 0-40°C (Operating Temperature). This is appropriate for most indoor use cases. However - increased temperature can speed up the aging of electric components. Industrial PC, Server Hardware or outdoor equiment may be certified and constructed to extended temperature ranges:
Some plastics used in wiring or enclosures are problematic in outdoor operations under direct sunlight. Specialized UV resistant outdoor cabling and enclosures exist. Shielding from water (rain) and/or dust is certified with an IP_Code.
On many price comparison sites you can search for OpenWrt. Beware, though, that sometimes OpenWrt only works on certain versions. Check with the OpenWrt Table of Hardware to see if the router is really supported.
If you find a site with an effective price comparison please add it below, or report it on the OpenWrt forum.
Amazon also lets you search for OpenWrt, but you cannot filter for OpenWrt support:
Note_1: The filter is not 100% perfect, be sure to double check a router before buying
Table of Hardware
You can use the tags to find devices with your desired features.
Beware: Tagging of devicepages is incomplete, resulting in incomplete listings below.
The ToH Collection of views should be your first choice when searching for a device. It is more complete, up to date, and shows you the current OpenWrt support status.