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GL.iNet AX1800 Flint Wi-Fi 6 Router $114.75 (Normally $135) Delivered @ GL.iNet via Amazon AU

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Just released on Amazon AU: Gl.Inet WiFi 6 AX1800 home/office router

Same interface and all the features and functions of their other routers. Easy Wireguard and OpenVPN server and client, DNS over TLS, Aduguard Home, WPA3, IPV6 , MU-MIMO, multiple connection modes

Max VPN: Wireguard : 667 Mbps OpenWRT: 112Mbps

Note: Because of the SOC this unit's firmware is still based on the Qualcomm SDK OpenWrt Chaos Calmer 15.05.1 r48067 (but has security patches applied)

【WiFi 6 Standard】Wi-Fi 6 speeds up to 1.8 Gbps to let you enjoy smoother 4K streaming, gaming, video calls and more (600Mbps (2.4GHz), 1200Mbps(5GHz))
【Faster OpenVPN&Wireguard】VPN speed up to 667 Mbps, giving you complete control over your gaming, steaming and working bandwidth
【AdGuard Home Supported】AdGuard Home is a dedicated Internet filtering software for blocking ads and online trackers. We integrated it with OpenWrt and Web UI for optimal control and management.
【Powerful Hardware Combination】 1.2GHz Quad-core CPU processor plus extra separate 1.5GHz NPU (Network process unit) for network speed acceleration
【Connect up to 120 devices】Using revolutionary OFDMA technology to efficiently allocate channels communicate with multiple devices simultaneously help you increase capacity and efficiency

Specs:
CPU: IPQ6000 Quad-core Arm Processor @1.2GHz
NPU (Networking Processing Unit): 1.5GHz
Memory / Storage: DDR3L 512MB / NAND-FLASH 128MB
Antennas: 4 x External Antennas
Protocol: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax
Wi-Fi Speed: 600Mbps (2.4GHz), 1200Mbps(5GHz)
Ethernet Ports: 5 x 10/100/1000M
Dimension: 210 x 120 x 36.8mm

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  • Hey Op, if I go direct via the Gl-Inet store, using my Low Forex conversion fee card and first time $5 Off (GLFANS5OFF) we can get it slightly cheaper (~$A104) if not in a rush…can the price be bettered further?

    • +3

      Hey Razor

      I don't set the prices, just get told (like my marriage 😜 )

      Looking at Gl.iNet store:

      Flint $79 USD
      Shipping $39 USD
      less $ 5

      $113USD = $157.64

      Not sure where you get $104AUD from 🤔

      The guys are pretty set on trying to keep their prices "level" across the world.

      Also keep in mind if you buy from Amazon AU, you can deal with Amazon directly if you have an issue. Much easier than dealing with China/Hong Kong.

  • so last deal you said it would not go cheaper than 125 before Christmas, guess not

    • +1

      See my line above. I said what I was told, it wouldn't get cheaper for Black Friday. 🙄

    • @webtherapist
      I said the same thing on that deal, that price will eventually drop during Christmas/ new year sale

      those smarter ones, either waited for amazon's upsized Cashback or buying it now at cheaper price

  • Thanks OP. Any deal on Beryl?

  • Sorry noob question, just wondering what does this mean? Because of the SOC this unit's firmware is still based on the Qualcomm SDK OpenWrt Chaos Calmer 15.05.1 r48067 (but has security patches applied)

    • Because of the SOC (System on Chip) , Gl.Inet has used an older version of OpenWRT using Qualcomm proprietary drivers to run the system for performance and stability. The latest version of OpenWRT (21.02.x) and previous don't support the SOC or WiFi. Any other manufacturer using the same SOC is probably doing the same thing but locking it all behind their proprietary menu.

      • Does this router support tethering via usb cable from mobile devices?
        Thanks for the reply

        • Yes

    • +1

      It means this is based on an old open source version of OpenWRT released in 2015 that Qualcomm has added their proprietary drivers (in binary 'blobs' with no source code that can be modified) to in order to support the chipset. Qualcomm provide this as a Software Development Kit to companies that buy their chips to make routers.

      The current version of OpenWRT is 21.02, which has more features in general, but which is not able to support this chipset as the source code for the drivers is not provided so support for the chipset can be integrated into 21.02.

      The open source version has a more advanced kernel and some other functions like wireguard, but no drivers for this chipset. The proprietary SDK has a much older kernel and less functions that have been introduced on newer versions of OpenWRT, but it has the drivers for this chipset, and they say they have patched security issues, but you have to trust them on that.

      It's a bit like graphics card support on Linux. Nvidia support is not so great because the proprietary drivers that are available are really old and mainly provided as binary blobs and the community has done some reverse engineering to try to develop their own drivers but these aren't fully optimised, whereas AMD had helped the community by providing source code for their chips so the open source drivers are much more optimised to run on modern Linux kernels and provide up to date features. The main difference with OpenWRT (and Linux drivers for this WiFi chipset) is that in this case the open source drivers for the chipset don't exist at all, because the community is still working on reverse engineering the chip's functions and how to control it (it's API or application programming interface).

      • Really thanks for the explanation even though, I dont really understand all of them (totally tech noob)

  • I like their VELICA router, but the lack of physical ports …

    • Yes, that is my weapon of choice at home, a three node mesh. I asked about dropping the USB port when they first released as I use for a thumbdrive "media share" and sometimes use tethered mobile, but never got a good answer. At least the slave nodes are automatically 2 X LAN. They do need to do some work on updating the firmware though, and I believe this is next in line for development once they've done a bit more work on the Flint firmware.

      Moving house soon and debating 3 node Velica mesh versus Flint and 2 X B1300 APs :)

      • they dont have much info on their mesh - can it do LAN uplink? I only need 2 nodes to cover the house but having wireless uplink did not work too well with other mesh products I tried

        • +1

          Firmware 3.107 added ethernet backhaul. Haven't tried yet though as currently renting.

  • Will this work well as my replacement for the stock standard STARLINK router??

    • +1

      Don't have ( and won't have for a while by the looks of it) Starlink. But according to the article here you should be right.

      • Thanks Limbot, I’m keen to purchase, can I just plug and play?

  • Hey OP, what's the wifi range on this? Looking to replace a technicolor tg789vac for better wifi coverage.

    • Very hard to give WiFi range because there are so many different variables like other WiFi signals and bands around, walls, doors, construction material etc..etc…. It does have the longest range of any of the other Gl-Inet units I have (because of WiFi 6?) but still not enough to replace my 3 node mesh ( I think the people that built my rental might have built it out of lead though).

      Sorry can't be more detailed.

  • @Limbot - Can you elaborate a bit more on the "Note: Because of the SOC this unit's firmware is still based on the Qualcomm SDK OpenWrt Chaos Calmer 15.05.1 r48067 (but has security patches applied)"?

    Why the callout? What are the future implications for updates? Saw on other forums currently no mesh support, maybe because of this? etc …

    • @bigkris74

      See my above comments re SOC verus supported OpenWRT. That's why the call out. Gl.Inet is stuck between a rock and a hard place in some respects. People say that they want mesh enabled Flints, but the Qualcomm WiFI SON (Self Organising Network) mesh is based on their SDK which is stuck at 15.05 and if people want later versions of OpenWRT then they'll lose WiFI SON. If they didn't use the QSDK and the older version then the product wouldn't even be released.

      Any "issues" with the older version of OpenWRT can normally be sorted with the Gl.inet guys by posting on the forum, things like incompatible support files etc. It's probably more a call out for the more "advanced" users who want to really muck around with the OpenWRT.

      There is talk within Gl-Inet about "combining" opensource OpenWRT with proprietary Qualcomm drivers, but I'm no dev and it makes little sense to me and I have no concept of how long this would take.

      I've had the Flint running as a basic router for a while now (no VPN, no Adguard) and I've had no issues (including many of the basic issues that people are reporting on the forum).

      As mentioned above other vendors are most likely in the same circumstances, but because they lock the OpenWRT away from people they don't need to call out the older version of OpenWRT and nobody "complains" like they do with the Gl-Inet version.

      • Thanks, appreciate your candor. While I like the direction GL.inet are going with their product offerings, I need a powerful gateway (with/for wireguard) like this unit but mesh support for a large double story. Obviously WIFI6 is a bonus.

        My current setup is a combination of 2 different products and was hoping a couple of these would do away with that setup. Oh well, will keep looking.

        Cheers

        • No probs, I don't actually work for Gl-inet per se, just help them out on the side. Thought about running a Flint as a router and then a Flint in "extender" mode? (or similar products). I'm assuming you can't cable between floors…

          • @Limbot: Yeah that's what I was thinking. I do have "some" cabling so was thinking GW/AP + AP type config, but concerned about WIFI handover between APs. Have run that previoulsy and it was hit and miss and generally poor user experience.

            IMO, the true value of mesh setups is the smooth signal handling. Currently running 3x Amplify HDs in bridge mode with wired backhaul to an Untangle software router. The Amplify HDs are fantastic for wifi but not enough for me in the gateway function. Untangle is more than I need in the GW function but trying to declutter and simplify my network while keeping my data and family safe and happy.

            • @bigkris74: Yeah as per above debating for new house if I run Velica wired mesh or just use Flint and a couple of B1300 APs for WiFi6 in the main area. I've got all the configs and channels mapped out to eliminate overlaps but the mesh does just work. And yes, keeping the family happy important (hence why I don't run Adguard as the wife loves her ads….LOL)

  • anyone have experience with this router and tuya/sonoff devices?

    • Yes I have run with my Tuya devices <lights and power boards> via Google Home

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