[OpenWrt-Devel] Support for BTHomeHub5

Mauro M. openwrt at ezplanet.net
Fri Jan 13 13:16:03 EST 2017

Hello Mathias,

2 workarounds were suggested:

One was not acceptable as is defeated the purpose of a router asking to 
configure static routes on EVERY host in a LAN

The second might work with some careful re-configuration of the 
firewall. It did not in my case because the complexity of the network 
involved required more effort than it makes sense to provide on my end, 
again it defeats the purpose of a router.

Currently I am using a SNAT workaround, however this works only for 
networks directly connected to a second router, with more hops (as it 
happens with VPNs) it does not work.

I have been banging on to this issue since I moved to LEDE 4 weeks ago, 
driven by a better BtHomeHub5 support.

I tried to solve the issue myself as in most cases, but I could find 
only workarounds.

The workarounds were acceptable until I started adding VPNs with other 
sites and that is were the workarounds show their cracks.

For a while I wondered how could this have not been noticed. Perhaps 
most people use a single router that does very little routing after all.

At which point I reported it first through the LEDE mailing list as a 
question (I received no reply, I wonder if the message got through in 
the first place), and then via a bug report once I saw no reply through 
the list.

The replies through the bug report lead me to believe that there was not 
an appetite to revert to a proper router capability as in OpenWrt.

Previously I had not totally positive experiences when I reported 
issues, or contributed changes (like IP Virtual Server Load balancer: I 
still apply my patches and build my own version because the change was 
never accepted in OpenWRT, or BtHomeHub5 LEDs no longer working, on that 
I was told "it is by design"). So I expressed my frustration, dusted off 
OpenWrt trunk and now I am running Designated Driver 50078 built with IP 
Virtual Server for Load Balancing on my Netgear router (also manually 
reconfigured with a 128MB flash  filesystem because the patch to make it 
so large was never included in the mainstream)

Please note that I make little distinction between OpenWrt and LEDE.

I understand any conversation about free, etc. I am very grateful. I 
would be happy to contribute if it somebody could accept an hand over of 
the Load Balancer project.

Best regards,


On 13/01/17 17:42, Mathias Kresin wrote:
> 2017-01-13 18:35 GMT+01:00 Martin Blumenstingl
> <martin.blumenstingl at googlemail.com>:
>> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 6:30 PM, Mauro M. <openwrt at ezplanet.net> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Is OpenWRT going to backport support for BtHomeHub5 from LEDE?
>>> This router is very well supported in LEDE, whilst support is only basic in
>>> OpenWrt,
>>> LEDE implemented some broken changes in the firewall that prevent basic
>>> routing (it defeats the primary purpose of a router!), so I would like to
>>> use OpenWrt where routing works as expected, but I need to run it on BT Home
>>> Hub 5 routers.
>> have you reported this to the LEDE guys?
> Yes, the bug is reported[0] and it's being worked on. No idea why
> Mauro is that eager.
> Time between providing the full config files and a proposed fix was
> <2h. And as usual everything for free.
> Mathias
> [0] https://bugs.lede-project.org/index.php?do=details&task_id=382
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