What are some of the fastest OpenWRT-compatible wifi routers out there? (In terms of general processing power)
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To the best of my knowledge, the OpenWRT table of supported hardware (or the older version) is the place to start. There's also a DD-WRT version if you want to compare. These tables list supported devices and detail their hardware capabilities, including CPU platform, CPU frequency, amount of RAM and flash memory capacity.
Most devices in these tables are older and will have a CPU speed of ~200MHz. Glancing through the OpenWRT table, a few more recent devices jump out at me as having potential. This is a cursory look, though, and it's hard to tell how one CPU stacks up against another without more detailed research.
Additionally, the Work-in-Progress section of the table lists some other interesting devices:
Those seem to be the beefiest devices listed, but I'm not familiar with any of them off the bat. It's a start for your research, though. From here, you might look into the capabilities of the Atheros CPU that the fastest of these devices use, and see how it compares with the Marvell CPUs used by the others.
Fastest OpenWRT wifi router in regards to what?
Startup time? How quickly it trains to the signal on the line? Switching traffic? Processing power? Encrypting data for a VPN?
If you're an internet techie moving from house-to-house testing ADSL connections then you don't want something that trains to the line for 5 minutes.
If you're using it to copy large files between computers on your network you probably want something that can switch traffic quickly.
Do you want OpenWRT so you can run a web server on your router? In that case you might want processing power.
Is this router going to be part of a hub and spoke VPN and it will have to encrypt traffic? In that case you probably want something with hardware that can accelerate encryption.