OpenWRT Setup on Raspberry Pi
In this segment we are going to show you how to “Install OpenWrt Setup on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B”
What is OpenWrt ?
OpenWrt is a highly extensible GNU/Linux distribution for embedded devices (i.e. wireless routers). Unlike many other distributions for these routers, OpenWrt is built from the ground up to be a full-featured, easily modifiable operating system for your router.
Software Required :
Equipment Required :
Raspberry Pi 3 B.
Micro SD Card 8 GB
Ethernet Cord for LAN Connection
Raspberry Pi Case
OpenWrt Setup on Raspberry Pi Image Download
- First, to start this project we need to download the OpenWrt Raspberry Pi Image from the download link.
- After that, we need to flash the image to the SD Card.
Formatting the SD Card
- Now, We need SD Card Formatter tool to format the SD card.
Flashing the SD Card
- After that, write the image to the SD Card using : Etcher
Setting up Raspberry Pi
- After that plug in the SD Card, connect the Ethernet Cable and Power Supply to complete the setup.
- Followed by turn on the Raspberry Pi device it will take up-to 2 minute to boot the OpenWrt OS.
- Then run Wireless Network Watcher to check the IP Address of Raspberry Pi.
- Now, you can directly access your OpenWrt router page by typing.
OpenWrt Default IP Address : 192.168.1.1
Setup fixed IP Address using CLI [Command Line Interface]
- To setup a Static IP Address to our OpenWrt Router by using commands.
- We need to login to our router by using Putty and type the Router IP Address for router login.
- On first login we need to set a password for our OpenWrt Router because there is No default password for this Image.
Command to change the Password : psswd
- To set a new password enter the new password 2 Time.
OpenWrt Default Username : root OpenWrt Default Password : blank
- Then we need to type the following commands to setup a static IP address.
uci set network.lan.ipaddr=192.168.1.2 uci commit /etc/init.d/network restart
- After the commands successfully executed we need to reboot the OpenWrt Router.
- Reboot OpenWrt.
- Once the reboot finish, you can login to your OpenWRT router at
Update the OpenWRT Router
- To update the OpenWrt router we need to change the static IP address to DHCP.
- To change the IP address to DHCP we need to login to our OpenWrt router page i.e. available on http://192.168.1.2
- Then we need to choose Network –> Interfaces and from here we need to edit the LAN connection. Because we are connected to our main router using LAN connection.
- After the we need to change the protocol to DHCP and click on switch protocol. Once it done then we need to save the changes and we will get a new IP address from our main router.
- We can find the new IP Address by using Wireless Network Watcher and connect to our OpenWrt router easily.
- After that we need to use this IP address to connect OpenWrt using Putty and then we can update our router using update command :
Setup GUI for OpenWrt [In case of No GUI] Optional
- If you are not able to login to router GUI then you need to follow the below instructions.
- Use putty with default OpenWrt IP Address 192.168.1.1 and then type these commands.
opkg update opkg install luci
opkg install luci-ssl
- After the installation has completed, the LuCI web GUI will be available at https://192.168.1.1
In conclusion, you are all set to use OpenWrt on your Raspberry Pi.
Therefore, you need to restart your Raspberry Pi and start using OpenWrt.
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