GL-MT300N V2 vs GL-AR300M

Can anyone tell me the difference between these two travel routers?

Specs seem identical apart from the colour and slightly lower power consumption of the Shadow.

The MT300N-V2 is based on the MediaTek MT7628NN chip, and the AR300M is based on the Qualcomm Atheros QCA9531 chip. The AR300M is faster then the MT300N-V2, if you look at the rated speed for both OpenVPN and Wireguard on the GL iNet product pages for both routers.

The Atheros QCA9531 chip is very well supported by OpenWrt, and I find it makes a very stable router. I own multiple routers based on this chipset, and it just works for me.

The firmware from GL iNet for the MT300N-V2 uses a proprietary driver, which does not support EAP. On a personal note, my one GL iNet router that uses a MT chip has cost me more time and issues then any other of my GL iNet routers, so I will never buy another router based on a MT chip.

I highly recommend the AR300M and AR300m16 routers!

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Ah fabulous thanks for the in depth reply.

On amazon reviews, I read some people saying the other way round?

That they find Mango more reliable than the Shadow.

I guess it perhaps depends on the use case?

Opinions differ. I have 2 AR300Ms working as VPN servers at different remote locations. These routers run 24hr a day, 7 days a week, and have run without fail. The older of the two has been running for close to 3 years, and is running GL iNet firmware, with a bunch of my modifications to support multiple VPN servers. The newer one has been running for several months, running with the latest version of generic OpenWrt. I have gone to the opensource, community supported, generic OpenWrt firmware for some of my GL iNet routers, as GL iNet support of new firmware on older products is pathetic, and for some of my routers, it is no longer provided.

A major issue I have with the MT300M-V2 is the generic OpenWrt version of this firmware is forced to run with a sub-optimal WIFI driver, as the MT driver used by GL iNet is not publicly available, where all the drivers used in the AR series of routers are publicly available.

If you plan on keeping this device for a long time, it is nice to know that there is a second source of firmware for your router.

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