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OpenWRT web interface question

Discussion in 'Other Firmware Projects' started by Sappharad, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Sappharad

    Sappharad Network Guru Member

    I'm interested in installing OpenWRT on my WRTSL54GS, but I can't seem to find any concrete information on the web interface other than some old screenshots of it.

    Does the web interface in White Russian RC5 support the configuration of USB hard drive sharing, either over windows drive sharing like the official SL firmware, or even FTP?

    Is there any place with an actual list of configurable features in the web interface? Although I have some experience with linux, I'd be more comfortable having the more compilcated stuff automated so I can get a working setup similar to what I have now more quickly, and add packages manually later.
  2. bluebox

    bluebox Network Guru Member

    OpenWRT is my firmware of choice. That sad, it is not the choice if you want point-n-click configuration. The web interface is not comprehensive, and, franky, I don't even understand why they added it since it goes against one of the foundational purposes of OpenWRT.

    In any regard, since the foundation of OpenWRT is to be simple - I don't think you can ever expect the web interface on OpenWRT to handle anything butthe simplest and most remedial functions. Otherwise, I think you no longer have OpenWRT.

    My suggestion would be to look for the functionality in another firmware - if you like OpenWRT specifically, some more user-friendly firmwares are based on it - so just choose one of them.

    Or grin and bear it and get better at shell scripting. Most of us (my own code-hacking self included) only got better because we wanted to do things that weren't implimented yet.
  3. Sappharad

    Sappharad Network Guru Member

    Thank you for the quick reply.

    One of the reasons I'm looking towards OpenWRT is because it seems to be the only alternative firmware that supports the SL right now other than HyperWRT, which I believe is based on the official firmware. I was under the impression that OpenWRT might be a bit more efficient for the same tasks as the official firmware, because of the open source nature of the project.

    I guess more difficult configuration wouldn't hurt much, if I can do what I want. I'm just worried about opening a security hole into my network or router when I don't know what I'm doing.

    I'm actually looking at alternative firmware to see if it's possible for me to run a subversion server on my router. I'm aware that CVS is too heavy, but I was hoping SVN is not, because it would be very useful for me to keep backups of my personal projects as well switching between my laptop and desktop to work on them. As far as I've found, nobody has attempted to do this yet.

    Am I crazy, or would it actually be possible for me to do this with OpenWRT?

    Thanks in advance for any further insight anyone could provide.
  4. linkj

    linkj LI Guru Member

    OpenWRT is highly configurable, but its all pretty much shell command line. The GUI is USELESS.
  5. slamcat

    slamcat Network Guru Member

    It's not completely useless. Setting up your ethers file and hosts file works pretty well with it.

    But I agree, I do use the CLI more than WebIF. And I as well, have a WRTSL54GS
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    OpenWRT was not designed with the GUI concept in mind. The firmware is meant to be a highly feature packed without hassles of GUI breaking these features.
  7. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    @ Sappharad Like bluebox said, look into other firmware projects to get a GUI. dd-wrt now supports the WRTSL54GS and you'll be close to OpenWRT type configurable options as they have moved some code over to how OpenWRT is developed.
  8. Sappharad

    Sappharad Network Guru Member

    You know, I posted this back in April. I installed OpenWRT LONG ago, and this thread is no longer relevant. Thanks for finally replying though.

    I wanted to use OpenWRT because of my plans to install an SVN server, as mentioned in the third post. My only complaint with it is that it seems to be slower than the official firmware instead of faster. It takes about 4 minutes to boot up when I plug in the router.

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