OpenWrt Router for Home Networking

This entry was posted on May 21 2023

It’s been a task 10 years in the making but I finally bought myself a new router and installed OpenWrt into the firmware, overwriting the manufacturer’s firmware the router came installed with.

Hardware manufactures are well-known for not making firmware updates easily to administer and I would guess 99% of home users would never update, leaving home networks vulnerable to attackers from outside.

The reason for using OpenWrt was for privacy and security, but also because I’m a nerd and wanted more control over my home network. But it’s also a great way to learn more about how home routers connect your internal network to the internet and what each item of configuration does.

Every aspect of the the router can be configured through the web portal but you also have SSH access if you wanted to go deeper, including watching log files to diagnose issues. There are various add-ons that can be applied such as installing a VPN service which I intend to do next so I can connect to my home network via a VPN connection.

Beyond that, if I have time, is to do various vulnerability scans on the original router to see what vulnerabilities it may have.

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