Chillifire now supports DD-WRT

We are of course aware of the popularity of other router Firmware out there other than OpenWRT, on which our Firmware is built. Since this is the open source part of our solution, we do not really mind at all which firmware you choose to use on your router, as long as it can communicate with our authentication servers and web servers. Previously the choice was one of mere personal preference however, DD-WRT has in parts moved away sufficiently far from OpenWRT that support of both firmware options now seem appropriate. In particular DD-WRT is supporting some routers OpenWRT is not yet supporting and vice versa. Supporting both firmware options gives you more router options.

To manage your hotspot with Chillifire using DD-WRT on your router, simply install the standard version of the DD-WRT software on your router as you usually would (for installation instructions, supported models, and firmware download check www.dd-wrt.com). Once DD-WRT’s standard version is installed all that is required is some additional configuration through DD-WRT’s web front-end describes in this guide and you have a Chillifire Hotspot. Pricing and account options are customisable through our Chillifire control panel just the same as for a Hotspot run with Chillifire firmware.

There are a couple of limitations that come with using DD-WRT and they are due to the fact that the DD-WRT firmware does not run an OpenVPN client.
• The lack of an OpenVPN on the DD-WRT versions that have  a hotspot daemon included means you cannot log in to the router remotely through our control panel, say, to change configuration options. You have to do that while in the physical presence of the router or set up other remote login options through DD-WRT. As we cannot login remotely we cannot check on the configuration and provide support or upgrades as we do with our own firmware. Please seek support on DD-WRT through their community forum.
• The DD-WRT does not provide a facility to log the IP address level detailed activities of a hotspot user. If you are living in a jurisdiction where this logging is mandated by law, DD-WRT is not the right solution for you. But even with DD-WRT we are logging login and logoff times, as well as router and device identifiers.

Other than that the router will behave look and feel like any other Chillifire hotspot. Yes, configuration of the router involved more manual steps compared to our own Chillifire firmware. However, DD-WRT certainly does have its uses and covers routers that OpenWRT alone has not yet unlocked. We therefore welcome DD-WRT enthusiasts to join our hotspot community and run a free or fee hotspot within minutes.

The DD-WRT configuration files, installation and configuration guides (with many screen prints) can be found here.

Detailed instructions how to load DD-WRT onto various routers can be found on DD-WRT’s wikki pages

General information about DD-WRT including support can be found on DD-WRT’s web site

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2 Responses to Chillifire now supports DD-WRT

  1. DD-WRT Sash says:

    HI

    i must correct you in one point.
    The fact “There are a couple of limitations that come with using DD-WRT and they are due to the fact that the DD-WRT firmware does not run an OpenVPN client.” is not correct. We dont support chilispot and openvpn on 4 mb we support chilispot and openvpn, like the broadcom mega version or the senao outdoor devices.

  2. admin says:

    Thank you for this clarification. Yes, this is correct, of course, but of little practical value, as it restricts the use of DD-WRT with both OpenVpn and Chillispot to the mega version which requires routers with more than 4MB flash memory. That means the majority of routers, including the WRT54G and WRT54GL are out, as they have 4MB only. Yes, the Asus WL500g series will work but even the very popular Ubiquiti routers (Nano, Loco, Bullet, etc. will be out of bounds. Only the Pico is then an option. In any case, we have a OpenVPN server still in operation, to cater for such scenarios, but have moved to a vpn network system with much a much lesser footprint, n2n. No, it is not as secure as openVPN, nor does it claim to be. But then again we are using the channel only for remote configuration. There is no actual hotspot traffic going over this connection, so the minimal encryption offered by n2n is just fine.
    It would be good if DD-WRT could decide to support something like n2n in their smaller builds and yes, when is it moving from the depreciated chillispot to the well maintained coova-chilli?