Continuing the discussion from How high is the risk for using laptops with closed source BIOS?:
10(ish) years ago, Netgear was my go-to recommendation. I don’t know of any netgear box produced in the last… 5 years… which supports OpenWRT easily (as in, download the right OpenWRT image and drag/drop it into the firmware update box on the router’s web interface). I believe there are a few Netgear boxes which you can get OpenWRT running on through more invasive means (including JTAG programming or similar).
With regard to dedicated router and separate modem: modern protocols (V-DSL, DOCSIS, and similar) are not well documented, and typically implemented in silicon (as they really require an ASIC to push the speeds they get over the physical lines they have). For the most part, attempts to get those ASICs working on OpenWRT or similar have been… temperamental at best. At the very least, they end up needing both a firmware blob and a blob kernel driver, which significantly degrades the trustworthiness of the system. If you are buying equipment up front (which you should do if you think you’ll want the service more than about 3 months), you can buy a dedicated just-a-modem, plus a TP-link or similar device, for about the same price as a slightly higher end all-in-one modem. Considering that the TP-link half goes with you across ISPs and is likely to continue to function for as long as the speeds it can manage are good enough for you, you’re money ahead this route the moment you switch services and get a new dedicated dumb modem.
to not derail the other thread any further i’ve decide to snag this over here regarding my particular dilemma as follows :
for some time my ISP has been taking the necessary steps in order to deploy wired gigabit ethernet connections as opposed to just the classic “gigabit ethernet” connection through copper that i’ve been running so far without a problem.
the way they’re introducing this is quite new to me since i’ve only seen it deployed at my neighbor next-door and i’ve no idea if i should bother changing or if i’m allowed TO change if i want to KEEP my www connections wired ONLY (i.e am not interested in getting a local 3g/4g modem-router gateway to my WAN yet)
i’m currently using a CAT 6 classic copper capable between my ISP’s few years old local gateway BOX that seems to NOT be UPS-ed (to my vexation) and my LAN switch (the one i mentioned earlier).
the way this change is set to occur is as follows. my CAT 6 copper cable is supposed to be replaced by a new optical-fiber cable capable of gigabit speed (the thin variety ones not the thick ones) between the WAN gateway and a newly deployed ISP issued modem/router that acts as a local gateway for my LAN (at least that’s how i’ve seen it work at my neighbor that was previously using a proprietary 3g/4g modem/router/gateway - same ISP but different contract)
since this is a new system. optical coax (new) vs ethernet-rj-45 (classic) where would i be able to get a proper firewall/router box that i can flash my own free-software firmware on ?
i ask this because i highly doubt that my ISP would be OK with me flashing their supplied equipment (although as i understand it the said equipment isn’t going to cost more as a RENTED service in addition to my speed service contract price - unlike other ISP contracts that DO charge EXTRA for the added modem/router).
could this mean that my ISP was thinking ahead about my well being, and foreseeing that i WANT to get an open-hardware device, was simply making it easier for ME to buy what i WANT ?