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OpenWRT Configuration

This article describes installation and configuration steps for OpenWRT routers.

Video Manual

Check how to setup and connect OpenWRT router (TP-Link WR 841 in this example) with Start Hotspot WiFi cloud platform in this detailed video manual.

This section describes actions that might damage your device or firmware. Proceed with care!

The installation of OpenWrt firmware is device-specific.
Procedures for specific devices should be found in the OpenWrt wiki.
See OpenWrt Table of Hardware for available procedures.
If your device is not listed, information on this page may be helpful.


Please reset router to factory settings to avoid problems with some previous configuration.

Connect your computer by network cable to the LAN port.
Go to the web browser and access to router configuration using default IP address e.g
From System Tools find Firmware Upgrade.

Click on Choose File.
Navigate to the location where the factory version for your model is downloaded and press on Open.
Press the Upgrade button.

Confirm that you want to upgrade the firmware.
During this process, you will see information about the processing.
Once when it is finished you will get message Software Upgraded Successfully! Restarting.

Do not power off the router during the firmware upgrade, as it can cause the device to crash or become unusable.

If OpenWRT firmware was previously installed on your router, be sure and disable Keep settings option during firmware upgrade.

Reconnect LAN cable or Disable/Enable NIC card in order to get new valid IP address in 192.168.45.x range from router.

Configuring parameters

Start your browser and in URL field type
Username : admin
Password : admin

Press the Login button to access to Status tab.

On the Status page, you will see a MAC address of your OpenWRT router which will be used in the SignUp process.
After selecting your HotSpot name, select as HotSpot model OpenWRT, and add your MAC address from Status tab.

From Setup page configure your OpenWRT router.
Be sure and set Autostart option. This option is not active by default.
Here you can set a new Administrator password for access to the router setup and configuration. Save changes.
Enable WiFi, set SSID name and click Save.
As DNS Server select Custom and set

Please note, if the DNS IP address isn’t, the whitelist will have no effect.

Select Network Protocol and Save changes.
By default as Network Protocol is set DHCP, but you can choose Network Protocol based on your needs.
Our recommendation is to use DHCP Network Protocol.

When you finish setup, restart router to apply changes.

Connecting AP with one ethernet port

In case your device has only one eth port, you will see the Operation mode configuration.

Once you complete all configuration, including networking, SSID, and other options, please switch the Operation mode to the Access point and click the Save button on the bottom of the page.

Reboot your AP, disconnect ethernet cable from your PC, connect it to your Internet source (modem, switch etc) and it will be ready for WiFi service.

If you need help with configuration, please go to starthotspot.com and contact our tech support. We’ll be glad to help you.


Updated on February 5, 2020

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