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OpenWRT review

I’ve been using OpenWRT for a couple of years now, so I thought it was time to talk a little about it.

First off what is OpenWRT? It’s a replacement firmware for many domestic router models. There are a few different replacement firmwares but if you’re looking for something comprehensive and geeky I would definitely check out OpenWRT. You can see a list of supported routers on the OpenWRT homepage. My current favourite router is the TP-Link 1043 as it’s inexpensive with plenty of onboard memory and a reasonable CPU.

You flash the OpenWRT firmware image just as you would an update form the router manufacturer (this varies depending on the router). Then you can log in to the web management interface.

From there you can configure your network connections, firewall, etc … There are useful information pages such as realtime graphs –

openwrt-graphs

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IPv6 tunnel on OpenWRT using tunnelbroker.net

I’m far from an IPv6 expert so this is more a detail of my experiences, rather than a detailed setup guide.TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND

My ISP does not provide native IPv6 yet to their ADSL customers but I wanted to set up IPv6 on my local network, and be able to access the Internet using IPv6. To do this I’m using a free tunnel fromĀ tunnelbroker.net. The way this works is that your IPv6 packets are wrapped up in IPv4 and sent to tunnelbroker. There they are unwrapped and sent on their way, as IPv6 packets. Once set up this is transparent to you and you just treat it as a normal IPv6 network.

When you sign up for a free tunnel with tunnelbroker you will receive several pieces of information that you will need to set up your tunnel.

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