OpenWrt: Dumb AP (Access Point)

Currently I am using my TP-Link WDR4300 as my router and it’s a pretty fast router and it has the possibility to install OpenWrt or DD-WRT on it. I prefer OpenWrt. What I want is to make my router a ‘Dumb AP (Access Point)’. There is a nice guide on the OpenWrt Wiki, it’s available here.

The only problem was it was not working very well, I could not connect to it anymore after I applied the settings (or I did something wrong). So, I did some research on the internet and after that research I came up with this configuration which is currently working very well.


The ‘’ is the gateway, which is connected to the internet. When I applied this configuration file it works pretty good. The ‘’ is the address of the router, because I still want to access it after this configuration. The guide also mentioned to change the wireless configuration file, I did not do this by SSH or Telnet, I did this by using Luci, a graphical interface, this is much easier. In my case configuring the wireless was only putting a name and password on it and after that enabling it.

In my situation it is better to disable my firewall, because there is already a firewall running on the gateway. You can do this by executing the following commands:

To apply the changes you dan execute ‘/etc/init.d/network reload’ or just reboot your router by typing ‘reboot’.

Protip: Install nano instead of using vi, I think nano is much easier to work with.
Feel free to ask questions or make comments.

Posted in IT, Networking, OpenWRT
2 comments on “OpenWrt: Dumb AP (Access Point)
  1. Charly86 says:

    Hi Sander,
    I’ve got same configuration with WRT-MR3020 (no switch) but it works fine.
    The only drawback I have is on LUCI interface, on associated station tab, I do not have any IP showed, just MAC but also stations from my lan (not only wireless client)
    Did you noticed this problem too ?

    • Sander says:


      I just saw your post, I am sorry for my late reply. I also noticed that I only see the MAC address and not the IP address. Do you know how to fix this?

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