An overview of GL.iNet’s router offering

February 23, 2019

So far I’ve been an avid user of TP-Link gear when it comes to routers, for their price and feature set (e.g. USB ports) but most of all because you can rather easily run OpenWrt on them. A few times, however, GL.iNet has been rushing through my timeline.

Now I would be lying if I’d claim that GL.iNet were a particularly well-known company. They appear to be Hong Kong-based and seem to offer a variety of routers. Luckily they are openly disclosing the technical details for their gear, so let’s have a closer look, assembled into a table for comparison. And the best thing is: they all seem to run OpenWrt out-of-the-box, although with a custom Web UI, but this is then easy to get rid off.

Friendly name Product name Chipset Clock rate Flash size RAM LAN/WAN WiFi standards 2.4G bitrate 5G bitrate WiFi antennas LTE USB Power supply PoE Special features Variants
For travel
Microuter GL-USB150 Qualcomm/Atheros QCA9331 400 MHz 16 MB 64 MB b/g/n 150 Mbps Internal 5V, 1A (USB)
  • USB stick format
GL-MiFi GL-MiFi Qualcomm/Atheros AR9331 400 MHz 16 MB 64 MB 2x 100 MBit b/g/n 150 Mbps Internal CAT4 (150 Mbit) or
CAT6 (300 Mbit)
Internal antennas
1x 2.0 5V, 2A (Micro USB)
opt. 5000mAH Li-Pol battery
  • SIM card slot
  • Micro SD card slot
  • GPIO
  • UART
  • Quectel EC25-A CAT4 LTE mPCIe module for US AT&T
  • Quectel EC25-AU CAT4 LTE mPCIe module for Australia
  • Quectel EC25-E CAT4 LTE mPCIe module for EMEA
  • Quectel EC25-J CAT4 LTE mPCIe module for Japan
  • Quectel EP06-A CAT6 LTE mPCIe module for US
  • Quectel EP06-E CAT6 LTE mPCIe module for EMEA/AU/BR
  • All variants with or without built-in 5000mAH Li-Pol battery
White GL-AR150 Qualcomm/Atheros AR9331 400 MHz 16 MB 64 MB 2x 100 MBit b/g/n 150Mbps Internal or
1x External, 2dBi
1x 2.0 5V, 1A (Micro USB) opt. IEEE 802.3af/at
  • GPIO
  • UART
  • Mode switch
  • GL-AR150: Internal antenna, no PoE
  • GL-AR150 (POE): Internal antenna, PoE
  • GL-AR150-Ext-2: External 2 dBi antenna, no PoE
  • GL-AR150-Ext-2 (POE): External 2 dbi antenna, PoE
Shadow GL-AR300M Qualcomm/Atheros QCA9531 650 MHz 16 MB NOR
opt. 128 MB NAND
128 MB 1x 100 MBit or
2x 100 MBit
b/g/n 300 Mbps Internal or
2x External, 2dBi
1x 2.0 5V, 1A (Micro USB)
  • GPIO
  • UART
  • Mode switch
  • GL-AR300M16: Internal antenna, 2.4 GHz only, 2x LAN, 16 MB NOR only
  • GL-AR300M16-Ext: 2 external 2 dBi antennas, 2.4 GHz only, 2x LAN, 16 MB NOR only
  • GL-AR300M: Internal antenna, 2.4 GHz only, 2x LAN, 128 MB NAND
  • GL-AR300M-Ext: 2 external 2 dBi antennas, 2.4 GHz only, 2x LAN, 128 MB NAND
  • GL-AR300M-Lite: Internal antenna, 2.4 GHz only, 1x LAN, 16 MB NOR only
  • GL-AR300MD: Internal antenna, 2.4 & 5 GHz, 2x LAN, 128 MB NAND (discontinued)
Mango GL-MT300N-V2 MediaTek MTK 7628NN 580 MHz 16 MB NOR
128 MB NAND
128 MB 2 x 100MBit b/g/n 300 Mbps Internal 1x 2.0 5V, 1A (Micro USB)
  • GPIO
  • UART
  • Mode switch
  • Proprietary WiFi driver, “Opensource wifi drivers also work but it has some bugs and cause kernel panic. This problem was never solved by the community.” (Source)
Creta GL-AR750 Qualcomm/Atheros QCA9531 650 MHz 16 MB 128 MB 3 x 100MBit b/g/n/ac 300 Mbps 433 Mbps Internal 1x 2.0 5V, 2A (Micro USB) opt. Passive
  • MicroSD slot
  • I2C
  • UART
  • Mode switch
  • With or without PoE option (“48V power injector” = passive, not compatible with IEEE 802.3af/at!)
  • With US, UK+EU or AU power adapter
Slate GL-AR750S Qualcomm/Atheros QCA9563 775 MHz 2x 16 MB NOR
128 MB NAND
128 MB 3 x 1000MBit b/g/n/ac 300 Mbps 433 Mbps 2x external 2 dBi (undetachable) 1x 2.0 5V, 2A (Micro USB)
  • MicroSD slot
  • Dual flash
  • I2C
  • UART
  • Mode switch
  • US, UK, EU or AU plug
For residential use
Spitz GL-X750 Qualcomm/Atheros QCA9531 650 MHz 16 MB 128 MB 2 x 100MBit b/g/n/ac 300 Mbps 433 Mbps Internal CAT4 (150 Mbit) or
CAT6 (300 Mbit)
2 external antennas
1x 2.0 12V, 1.5A (Roundhole)
  • SIM card slot
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Quectel EC25-E CAT4 LTE mPCIe module for EMEA
  • Quectel EC25-A CAT4 LTE mPCIe module for US AT&T
  • Quectel EP06-E CAT6 LTE mPCIe module for EMEA
  • Quectel EP06-A CAT6 LTE mPCIe module for US
  • All variants with or without Bluetooth module (currently n/a)
  • All variants with or without ZigBee module (currently n/a)
Convexa-B GL-B1300 Qualcomm/Atheros IPQ4028 717 MHz 32 MB 256 MB 2 x 1000MBit a/b/g/n/ac 400 Mbps 867 Mbps Internal 1x 3.0
(internal pins for 1x 2.0)
12V, 1.5A (Roundhole)
  • Mesh networking
  • MU-MIMO
  • UART
  • US, UK, EU or AU plug
Convexa-S GL-S1300 Qualcomm/Atheros IPQ4029 717 MHz 16 MB
8 GB EMMC
512 MB 3 x 1000MBit a/b/g/n/ac 400 Mbps 867 Mbps Internal 1x 3.0 12V, 1.5A (Roundhole)
  • Mesh networking
  • MU-MIMO
  • Built-in Bluetooth/Zigbee module
  • UART
  • “Coming soon”

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