[OpenWrt-Devel] Support for BTHomeHub5

Lucian Cristian luci at createc.ro
Fri Jan 13 13:47:00 EST 2017

On 13.01.2017 20:16, Mauro M. wrote:
> 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,
> Mauro
> 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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