The Homenet Control Protocol (HNCP)

  • The Homenet (hnet) protocol and this documentation were last under development in late 2016. It is unknown whether the hncp package works with modern (19.07 and later) versions of OpenWrt.
  • The Homenet website seems to have gone off the air in 2020. A 2018 version of the site is at The Wayback Machine
  • This Forum article also describes the state.

The Homenet Control Protocol (HNCP) automatically manages IPv4 and IPv6 address assignment, routing, DNS, SD (ZeroConf/mDNS) and border firewalling between multiple routers in a “home network”. It is specified as a set of RFCs to implement a minimalist state synchronization protocol for Homenet routers.
Read the materials on the Homenet web site

hnet-full package installs hnetd to implement HNCP protocol, there is also luci-app-hnet, a luci webgui package to control it.
Note: We strongly recommend you install ipset before installing hnet-full

Name Type Required Default Description
mode string no auto Interface mode. One of external, guest, adhoc or hybrid.
ip6assign integer no 64 IPv6-prefix size to assign to this interface if internal.
ip4assign integer no 24 IPv4-prefix size to assign to this interface if internal.
dnsname string no <device-name> DNS-Label to assign to interface.
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  • Last modified: 2021/08/25 19:27
  • by richb-hanover