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OpenWRT in Client Mode

Client mode uses its wireless connection as the WAN interface, and shares the internet connection only to the LAN ports. It is not seen as an access point by laptops or other computers scanning for AP's and does not accept wireless connections from client devices.
As shown in figure below, the new SSID (wwan) cannot be seen by other client devices nor accept wireless connection from client devices. Therefore the client devices (Notebook3 and Notebook4) must connect to the Wifi router using network cable.
 Client Mode


  • Modem Router (Host Router) configure as AP, I'm using TP-LINK TD-W8960N
  • TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Wireless Router flash with OpenWRT



  • Host Router IP address:
  • Host Router ESSID: ccc
  • Host Router Channel: 6
  • Client Router: (The network address must be differ from Host Router)

Note: The red colour part for above is the network address, while the blue colour part is the host address.


Setting IP address for Client Router

The default IP address is, change it to

Network Interface


Wiress Oveview

Click Scan button to list available wireless network.

Wireless Overview


Wireless Scan

It should display a list of available wireless network arround your area. Select a wireless network you decided to join.

Wireless Scan



Join Network

Enter WPA passphrase (I'm using WPA as the security protocol) which must same as your Host Router, leave the Name of the new network as wwan.

Join Network


Summary of Wireless Network Client

As shown in figure below is the settings detected automatically. Don't change any thing here, just click Save and Apply button to continue.

Wireless Network Client

Restart the router, connect notebook (do not use wireless, must using network cable) to the router. You should able to connect to internet.

Router Connected

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