I want to invite developers, marketers and designers to think about a proposal to release a new router, it will be a great router, with the same hardware as Belkin RT3200 / Linksys E8450 but with some changes:
Based on fresh OpenWrt with fresh kernel with Gl-iNet web interface
With wall mount
Without external antennas!
With USB 3.0! (SoC supporting USB 3.0)
New box design
You will have this first device with 5 lan ports (of course, make the network ports on the back side)
Use leds only wifi, wan (lan1), lan2, lan3, lan4, lan5, don’t use any VPN and others leds
Horizontal arrangement (when router without wall mount), or two options for the location of the router (like Mikrotik hAP ac 3). Perforated on the case for free cooling (like Mikrotik hAP ac 3).
Any more ideas?
I think the demand for this device will be very high
We do have AX router coming, with 5 LAN port, USB3.0. But it has external antennas. I am not sure why you do not want these antennas. Maybe antenna is urly. But internal antenna will make the product big.
The main thing is that the new router has normal hardware, so that it is possible to install a fresh vanilla openwrt with fresh kernel.
Do not choose bad hardware such as realtek and the rest that is not supported by open source
The Mediatek BSP on that device is based on LEDE 17.0, so the port is moving well enough - major areas of work are the open source wireless drivers for 5GHz (2.4GHz is b/g/n WiFi4 as part of the SOC), and the switch port to DSA.