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Devices with OpenWrt as a stock firmware

Some routers like GL.inet or Turris already have preinstalled native firmware based on OpenWrt. The firmwares may contain tweaks, proprietary software/drivers, and almost always uses their own Web GUI alongside LUCI to improve user experience. But the customization of their firmware may be so big so that even tho they are OpenWrt-based, a lot of OpenWrt wiki articles/packages/recommendations do not apply.

Since they need to make their own adaptation they usually based on older stable versions of OpenWrt.

The proprietary parts can't be publicly audited so they may contain security vulnerabilities. That's why some users may prefer to install on this devices a truly open source “vanilla OpenWrt” downloaded from OpenWrt.org.

GL.iNet is a Hong Kong based company that produces popular travel routers.

Their firmware is based on OpenWrt with a few differences:

  • Nice and user friendly Web GUI based on Vue.js
  • LUCI is also available for power users
  • They offer a cloud solution with DynDNS and remote control
  • Instead of uhttpd is used lighttpd
  • 3G modem drivers are included
  • Drivers are mostly proprietary

This devices usually fully supported by vanilla OpenWrt

Turris are advanced routers which are fully open source and with focus on security. Their Omnia router has 8Gb of storage and 1600 MHz CPU so it can be used as a NAS or a small server. Their firmware called TurrisOS and based on latest stable OpenWrt with a few differences:

  • User friendly Web GUI Foris and reForis which is written in Python and open source
  • LUCI is also available for power users
  • Rolling auto updates and distributed firewall
  • Instead of uhttpd is used lighttpd
  • Instead of DropBear is used OpenSSH server
  • No SquashFS which simplifies software install and updates
  • Easy install of NextCloud and LXC containers
  • MQTT support useful for IoT

This device is supported by vanilla OpenWrt with some small limitations.

WallFi WAP 1.0 is a WiFi repeater that is so small so can be built into wall. It uses uses almost vanilla OpenWrt with LUCI Web GUI. But this is not a popular device.

fixme Vilfo produce an x64 based device aimed at VPN usage. It has basic wifi.

These devices you can't buy in a shop because they are given to customers by ISPs. This vendors uses Broadcom wireless which has a limited support of OpenWrt. That doesn't help you that much though, as packages aren't compatible, kernel modules missing, configurations not comparable and often with a different web interface (and configuration backend) on top, as with most vendors (GPL-) source availability is often 'incomplete' as well. Such devices not supported by the vanilla OpenWrt but they do use it internally:

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  • Last modified: 2021/08/28 12:29
  • by tmomas