I was wandering if there are any plans on updating the router lineup with a 802.11ax option? I am interested in purchasing a pcWRT router. I know that WiFi6 is still in early stages, but I would like to purchase something that’s a bit future-proof.
Also, it would be nice if the new router could have some stronger hardware specs that could more favorably compare to some of the higher end routers from ASUS or Netgear lineup. Due to COVID, I currently have kids that are “online schooling”, and both me and my wife work at home right now, too. This translates to a lot of rather heavy internet usage. There is a lot of video conferencing and streaming going on. Currently I have a slightly older (but top of the line) Linksys router handling all the traffic. I am interested in pcWRT, because of its rather remarkable parental control features. However, I am hesitant to purchase a router that might not be able to handle the traffic well enough, due to mediocre hardware specs (RAM and CPU). For all I now, we might be doing a lot of heavy internet usage at home for a foreseeable future.
So, the bottom line — I would love to see pcWRT come up with an updated router, with WiFi6, and/or faster CPU and more RAM. I understand that that would raise the price point, perhaps substantially. However, I would be more than willing to purchase such a higher-performance router from pcWRT. I am sure many other people would, too. With my kids being on the net a lot due to online “schooling” and closed playgrounds, I really would love to have more control over their net behavior. However, I cannot afford to sacrifice internet performance for this — I simply need my router to always be able to handle at least 4-5 people on the net at the same time, all of us perhaps doing Zoom calls, or streaming video, or downloading large files.
@aorus1 Thanks for your inquiry. We’re looking into adding support for WiFi 6 capable hardware. However, that’s going to take some time.
For the time being, if you have a powerful WiFi router already, one plausible solution is to use your existing WiFi router as an Access Point. Connect to the pcWRT by wire and turn off WiFi on the pcWRT. Since WiFi is shifted to your existing router, the Newifi D2 (with dual core CPU, 512 MB RAM and hardware accelerated NAT) should be powerful enough to handle most needs.
Technically, what your company offers is the firmware (“pcWRT”) which is then installed on an off-the shelf hardware solution (such as your NetWIFI-D2 option).
I assume that your “pcWRT firmware” is based off OpenWRT, and would probably run on any OpenWRT supported router.
Is it possible to purchase the firmware (.bin) file, and use it to flash a router of my choice? (Or if I purchase the router/firmware combo from you, am I able to then manually download the .bin files from your server?)
@aorus1 Yes it is built on OpenWrt. There are some integration points with pcwrt.com for notifications and remote management etc. We can potentially make it available for more hardware options but we won’t be able to support all of them.
Of course, I understand that full hardware support would not be possible for all the OpenWRT capable routers out there.
Perhaps you could offer an option to download just the firmware (.bin file), for a price? This would of course come with a disclaimer and understanding that the customer uses it at his/her own risk. (Since the customer has chosen to use their own hardware for the project).
@aorus1 We’ve added support for a few more devices. And you can download the LITE version here for free: https://www.pcwrt.com/downloads/. You can upgrade to the full version by buying a license from us.