Posts tagged ‘dd-wrt’

Socat is the swiss army knife of networking. Getting it installed on dd-wrt took me some trail and error to find a compatible version. This version from OpenWRT seems to work, and requires the libssl and libcrypto library (which I already have installed).

As a follow up on my previous article with the WRT320N, here’s my journey for the WRT610N revision 2 (which is very similar, but has two radio’s).

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As described before, I chose to use the mini-build of dd-wrt on my Linksys WRT320N. Since I wanted OpenVPN support, I needed to add it myself.


I again used the openwrt modules, openvpn has its own package. There are, however, several dependencies:

  • and from libopenssl
  • (and symlinks) from liblzo

I already had libcrypto installed, so I only needed 713kB of free space.


Setup was fairly straightforward. Just make sure to do all heavy calculations on your desktop computer (i.e. generating keys). I installed the CA and host certificate into /jffs/etc/ssl, and added my openvpn-specific config files into /jffs/etc/openvpn. I did rewrite the verify-cn script from perl to bash, since dd-wrt doesn’t come with perl.

Next, I wrote a very simple wanup script to get openvpn (re)started at the appropriate time:

# openvpn.wanup
if [ -e /tmp/ ] ; then
    kill -HUP `cat /tmp/`
    /jffs/sbin/openvpn --cd /jffs/etc/openvpn --config server.conf --daemon --log /tmp/openvpn.log --writepid /tmp/

Obviously: don’t forget to add the corresponding configuration to the firewall.

The new installs of Belgacom’s DSL internet connection are actually fairly descend. They provide a “b-box 2” which provides 2 wired 10/100base-T ports and an 802.11g access point. It consumes 10.1W of power once booted (21VA with a cosφ of .47, measured with 241Vac), which costs around €22/year at the current prices. The box has a built-in router which performs the PPPoE connection and does the NAT. While this setup is perfectly fine for a regular setup, obviously I wanted something more…

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dd-wrt has built-in support for a whole list of Dynamic DNS services. Unfortunately, they only support HTTP-based services. I use a standard RFC2136 DNS update. Here’s how to add nsupdate support to dd-wrt.

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Although the big builds of dd-wrt contain IPv6 support, it doesn’t support ip6tables. Hence, I choose to use the mini build (which gives me the most free space) and add the missing parts myself. I shamelessly used OpenWRT modules to save me the trouble of figuring out how to compile each library. (Unfortunately, my router isn’t supported by OpenWRT, so I need to stay with dd-wrt for the base system).

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Since none of the dd-wrt releases include ip6tables support, I added it myself. The standard kernel does support module loading, so you can simply add additional kernel features without reflashing the device. You do need some writable storage. I use the remaining 4MB of flash using JFFS, but using an external storage (USB, network, …) is also possible.

Since you can’t run a complete build environment on the router itself, you’ll have to set up a cross-compiling environment on your own machine. As I found out, this isn’t always very easy to do…
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I bought myself a new WiFi router. When in the shop, I specifically searched for a router that is supported by dd-wrt, and has (at least) 8MB of flash. I settled for the Linksys WRT320N: it has a dual band (switchable between 2.4GHz and 5GHz, not simultaneous) 802.11a/b/g/n radio, a 4 port GbE switch, and a WAN port. It houses a Broadcom BC4717 processor running at 354MHz, 8MB of flash and 32MB of RAM.

The default Linksys firmware is actually not bad, but dd-wrt just offers a ton more features: Multiple SSIDs, IPv6 support (including Sixxs tunneling), WAN volume monitoring, custom firewalling, traffic shaping, … So I decided to void my warranty and put my router on steroids! Mandatory note: this may very well turn your router in to a very expensive brick.

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