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01 February 2009

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openwrt linux


A Kamikaze That Doesn't Crash And Burn

Screenshot from OpenWrt's administration web interfaceLong-time readers will know that I’m a big fan of the OpenWrt linux distribution for home routers.

It’s a great little linux distribution that lets you do all sorts of geeky networky things, and is damn reliable to boot. I was a bit nervous about the upgrade from the (now) ancient White Russian release, to the new Kamikaze 8.09_RC2 release, but it all went very smoothly.

If you’ve shied away from OpenWrt in the past because of it’s depencency on command-line installation, well shy no more. OpenWrt now includes an excellent web interface called LuCI, which makes admin very simple. Here it is, showing off real-time network statistics, available via a plugin module.

That big traffic surge? A Mac OS system update. As I was taking the screenshot it kicked off in the background unexpectedly.

Modules such as these are the main reason for installing a Linux distro on your router. Different routing modules, statistics and monitoring, security, QoS, application layer proxies, and many more, some with LuCI web interfaces. In short, there’s lots to explore if you’re at all a network geek (I am).

Although OpenWrt was originally written for the infamous Linksys WRT54, but now available for lots of other routers. Perhaps it is supported on the router you’re using right now!? Why not go check?


Posted by
2009-02-12 06:52:28 -0600

One suggestion not directly related to this post: Can you differentiate the links on your blog with the bolded text? Unless I hover over, it is difficult to make out whether something is clickable. Maybe change the color or have an underline?

Posted by
2009-02-14 08:54:48 -0600

Does OpenWRT have working QoS yet?

Posted by
2009-02-14 14:46:30 -0600

@Krishna: Yes I was thinking the same thing the other day when looking at an older post. I guess I don't notice the problem so much these days as I tend to use emphasis instead of strong. Will have a play with CSSEdit, see what can be done.

@BlueRaja: Sure does:

Screenshot of OpenWRT Web interface showing QoS