OpenWrt(LUCI) Repeater (Client+AP) Configuration

OpenWrt Repeater Mode Configuration

OpenWrt Repeater Mode Configuration !

First Question is why OpenWrt Repeater Mode Configuration required and why use repeater mode ? simple answer is repeat Your existing WiFi signal to dark area to get strong signal in every corner.There is Many way to configure OpenWrt Powered device in Repeater mode . Other word its  call Client+AP mode, means it will work client and AP mode in same time client will receive data from AP and AP mode will broadcast wifi signal to boost signal strength on dark area.

OpenWrt open source firmware will boost your existing network strength to 100% where you are not getting proper wireless connectivity. Every internet provider gives you a desktop router which can cover only your 1-2 room area but if you have 2BHK ,3 BHK or more than 200gaj house  than this router cannot  give you signal coverage in every corner. Openwrt powered router will give you mode for repeating your exiting router Wi-Fi signal you just required configuration repeater router to you internet router.

PC LAN IP configuration

To access Openwrt router you have to configure your PC /Laptop IP address in same series.

Note: if your main internet router IP address is 192.168.1.1 than please before connecting repeater device change the default IP address from 192.168.1.1 to any other ip address otherwise network can conflict after repeater connection.

For PC IP configuration goes to Network connection and right click on Lan Ethernet and click on TCP/IP 4 properties.

Click  here  for Step to step IP Configuration for Windows 7,8,10

Change the IP address from Obtain IP address to use static IP address option and use 192.168.1.10 r any free IP address from same series.

Default IP- Address is 192.168.1.1
Put Same Series IP-Address in PC/Laptop (Ex :192.168.1.x)
Open Internet Browser and type 192.168.1.1 in address Bar .
Default Username : root
Password : blank(no password)

Openwrt Repeater mode

Click Login

Recommended Set Password on first Login

When you login first time to any Openwrt router you will get a color notification  “ No password set!”

This notification because there is no default password in Openwrt router so strongly recommended set password with click “Go to password configuration”

You will get two box for set Login password and confirm Login password put the password for both box and when you will re-login you need to use same password for login your repeater device.


Repeater Mode (Client+AP) Configuration


  • Go to Network –> WiFi
  • Click Scan Button

 

Scan fo Repeater AP

Find Your Network Name (SSID) and Click Join Network

Note:- if you are using UBNT device as access point please make sure Airmax setting should disabled to connect openwrt device.

For Mikrotik Access point disabled  NStream option to connect Openwrt repeater device.

Tenda N301 Repeater mode configuration

  • If  your AP configured without password than you will not get any WPA Passphrase box. So highly recommended set Wireless stronger password to avoid spy or miss use of your Wi-Fi network.
  • Use Any Name For New Network Name (Ex: in picture I am using wwan) and Click Submit
  • WAN (Red Colour) should be selected on round circle.

OpenWrt Chaos Calmer Client Router Mode

Click Submit button to proceed next option for Wireless configuration

For Repeater device do not change Channel because its auto selected from Access Point.

Wan should checked

Select Repeater Settings in openwrt

Click Save & Apply For Settings Changes .

OpenWrt Save Option

 

 

Add OpenWrt Repeater Network Now

In above steps Router configured as a client device but for extending Wi-Fi signal you have to add a Virtual AP in same OpenWrt device. You can also say repeater wireless configuration or virtual access point configuration for boosting Wi-Fi signal

Go to Network –> Wi-Fi
Click Add

Add New interface for Repeater

Repeater SSID and mode settings

Channel setting will be locked in repeater option because its already connected to AP device.

Essid – Type Repeater Ssid whatever you want to
Mode: Repeater Mode will be Access Point
Check LAN and Wwan (Whatever you create new networks name) for bridging

Repeater interface configuration in openWrt

After Made all Setting click Save & Apply button

OpenWrt Save Option

PC Connection with Repeater LAN-  if you have a Desktop or you want to connect with wired connection than use Repeater device LAN port with  LAN cable to connect your PC.

Wireless Repeater USE –

You can convert your LAN wired IP camera to wireless with using repeater device with camera. You can turn any TCP IP support device into a wireless connection without laying LAN cable from your modem or internet router like  Network Printer, Network storage, thin client and many more devices.

Note: – For getting better coverage and internet connectivity use proper location to mount repeater device where it can get at-least 40% signal of Access point and can give you 100% speed after boosting your weak signal strength.

Check Your Laptop/Mobile Wi-Fi signal for Repeater Status.

Connect Repeater Device in LAptop

 

See Video Tutorial

6 Comments

  1. When openwrt works as AP it connects to main router by the name of “openwrt” is there any way to change that name to ABCD or 12345 ?

    • Go to Interface–WiFi and see the Edit button next to connect and Disable button.
      Edit and se the wireless general setting in midle of page. change the ESSID – openwrt to any other you want to do

  2. Thank for replying. I guess I didn’t explain myself very well.

    ESSID in this case would be the name of my access point created, let’s say that I named it “MyHomeAP”

    What I would like to change is the name that identify my AP in router’s connected devices’ list.

    Example, there is main router, that have 2 iphones, 5 android phones and 2 computers connected, 9 devices. And now I connect my AP (10th device), when I see list of connected devices in my main router, iphone appears as “Marks’s iphone”, android as “android-t34hvf7y02u92305” and AP as “openwrt”, I want to be able to change it.

    How to I change “openwrt” name to appear as something else, let’s say “MarksAP” in router’s connected devices’ list ?

    • Go to System- System- Hostname- just change the openwrt to anything you want to change
      reboot your main router and after some time it will show new name whatever you changed

    • As the MAc address write in flash so its difficult to change from software level. any how we will keep try to find a way to change it with some tricks

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