Set Up an OpenWrt Device

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The OpenWrt OS is primarily used on embedded devices such as routers. These instructions are intended as a general guide for remote access. As a general rule, if your OpenWrt product is hosting a service which is accessible via a LAN address and port OR can route to a LAN address and port, then Remote.It can be used for access from outside the LAN without port forwarding on a public IP address.

You will need:

Let's get started:

1. Sign into the Remote.It portal
2. Click "+" (Add Device) and select "Linux", copy the generated code and paste it into your SSH console of your OpenWrt (see image below).
This command will automatically download and install Remote.It and register it to your account.
Linux one line install code

3. Set up services
The Remote.It web portal will notify you that your OpenWrt Device has been registered and automatically detect and set up SSH access.

If you have additional services/ports you would like to set up for Remote.It access, click "+" (Add Service) on the device detail. Make sure that the service is running on your OpenWrt product. Provide a name, port, and service host address (Defaults are provided for most services). Only override default ports if you have assigned a different port for this service on your OpenWrt product.

Repeat for all the services you would like to access remotely.
A common use of an OpenWrt router is to act as a jump host(box) to reach other LAN services where Remote.It cannot be installed directly such as a network printer or Helium miner. Read more about Jump Hosts.
Linux Add Service

4. Connect
Select the service you would like to create a Remote.It connection to and click "Connect". You can now use this connection address in an application such as terminal, VNC viewer or a browser (see image below). When you are done with the connection, click "Stop Connection".
OpenWRT connection URL hostname port

Ready to do more?

Remote.It has a lot more to offer from allowing you to share your devices to friends and colleagues, advanced connection configurations, online/offline notifications, manufacturing support and more. Learn about them here.