OpenWrt(LUCI) Repeater (Client+AP) Configuration

OpenWrt Repeater Mode Configuration (Last Updated On: September 4, 2018)

OpenWrt Repeater Mode Configuration!

The first Question is why OpenWrt Repeater Mode Configuration required and why use repeater mode? the simple answer is repeated Your existing WiFi signal to the dark area to get the strong signal in every corner. There are Many ways to configure OpenWrt Powered device in Repeater mode. Another 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 the dark area.

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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 existing router Wi-Fi signal you just required configuration repeater router to your internet router.

PC LAN IP configuration

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

Note: if your main internet router IP address is than please before connecting repeater device change the default IP address from 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 r any free IP address from the same series.

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

Openwrt Repeater mode

Click Login

Recommended Set Password on the 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 the click “Go to password configuration”

You will get two boxes for set Login password and confirm Login password put the password for both boxes and when you will re-login you need to use the 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 be 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 then 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 the 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 be 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 the wired connection then 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 the 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 to use proper location to mount repeater device where it can get at least 40% signal of the 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


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  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 ?

    1. 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 ?

    1. 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

    1. 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

  3. is this setup work will mikrotik hotspot AP?
    cause i tried to use your guide, the hotspot captive portal did not show up…
    and is it possible to get ip from mikrotik router instead from openwrt itself? how?
    if i disable dhcp at LAN interface setting, client wont get IP.

    1. Unfortunately with Mikrotik AP its work on only WISP mode. to use in bridge mode you have to use Relay in OpenWRT router to make it bridge.

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