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AR750S Slate
Powered by Qualcomm QCA9563 SoC, 775MHz CPU 300Mbps(2.4G) + 433Mbps(5G) high speed Wi-Fi DDR2 128MB RAM
Support external MicroSD card storage up to 128GB
16MB Nor flash + 128 Nand flash
Small, light, easy to use
LEDE/OpenWRT pre-installed
Support WireGuard, OpenVPN, Cloudflare DNS over TLS
3 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
2 External Antennas
Power via 5V/2A micro-usb; use your phone charger, notebook/desktop/tablet USB or appropriate powerbank.

My review here

Why use a dual band as a WISP router/repeater? Here's some test figures from my experiences:
Connect directly to the source router (standing right next to) @ 2.4 GHz 46Mb
Connect directly to the source router (at the "extreme" of the house) @ 2.4 Ghz 30Mb
WISP to source router on 2.4Ghz and connect to AR750s LAN on 2.4Ghz 22Mb (yes it's lower but I'm now on my own subnet for security)
WISP to source router on 2.4Ghz and connect to the AR750s LAN on 5Ghz 45Mb (fast and secure)

So WISPing on one band and LAN on another makes a big difference to throughput. Handy if you're using one of these as a WiFi repeater/range extender/VPN passthrough or similar.

p.s. I'd suggest updating to their latest "testing" firmware as it appears to be more stable than their stable (shipped) release

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Comments

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    Nice review

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    Could you plug in your iphone and share the 4G? thanks

    • +1 vote

      I'm an Android kinda guy, but from the Gl.iNet forums as long as you run the latest firmware then yep tethered iPhone should work fine 😊

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    Does this have a similar CPU to the GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 - What is the oVPN/IPSEC/L2TP VPN throughput speeds like?

    I'm a little confused by your usage of WISP (Wireless ISP).
    Can you clarify how you are connecting to your upstream (3/4G, 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz, Gig Eth) and how you are connecting to you downstream (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz, Gig Eth) please?

    I think you are saying…
    LAPTOP —WIFI—> HOME ROUTER = 30-46Mbps
    LAPTOP —WIFI—> GL.inet —GigEth—> HOME ROUTER = 22-45Mbps.

    What about:
    LAPTOP —5GhzWIFI—> GL.inet —2.4GhzWIFI—> HOME ROUTER = ??? Mbps; or
    LAPTOP —5GhzWIFI—> GL.inet —2.4GhzWIFI—> HOME ROUTER —oVPN—> Vypr = ??? Mbps (Using the VPN client on the GL.inet).
    (These are more likely scenarios for a travel router).

    Cheers

    • +1 vote

      @BluBoy

      Sorry, yes was hard to put into words. No wired examples, all WISP repeater because as you say, this is what it would mainly be used for when travelling and where the dual band advantage kicked in 😊

      Hopefully below clarifies?

      Client->2.4Ghz Wifi->Router 45Mbps (next to router)
      Client -> 2.4 Ghz Wifi-> Router 30Mbps (distance from router)
      Client -> 2.4Ghz Wifi ->WISP Repeater (AR750s)->2.4Ghz Wifi -> Router - 22Mbps (distance from router)
      Client -> 5Ghz Wifi -> WISP Repeater (AR750s) -> 2.4Ghz Wifi -> Router - 45Mbps (distance from router )

      Option 3 is what I'd expect from the MT300N-V2 in WISP mode as well as it'd be shared 2.4Ghz WISP and LAN

      (Off topic but at the moment my Mango is doing B1300 Mesh Slave node -> 2.4/5Ghz Wifi->B1300 Mesh Master Node -> 1GB Ethernet->100MB Ethernet->Mango (2.4Ghz LAN turned off)->2.4Ghz Wifi->Router and I'm getting the full 45Mbps connected to the mesh on either node 😁)

      Personally I don't load VPN on my router, I do it via device clients because I jump between a number sites depending on usage and don't want to have to reconfigure on the router all the time.

      Theoretically the AR750S should handle VPN better because of the better processor (MTK 7620N 580Mhz SoC versus Qualcomm QCA9563 SoC, 775MHz) etc. There were some OpenVPN comparison figures on the GL.iNet forums but my GoogleFu is weak this afternoon :(

  • +1 vote

    I picked up the little yellow one for less than $30 for my travels, has been brilliant. Definitely recommend this brand.

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