Netify for OpenWrt

Requirements

Netify is designed to run in tight spaces, so the memory requirements are modest and generally not a concern for OpenWrt deployments. As for CPU, the underlying Netify deep packet inspection engine requires about the same amount of horsepower as an intrusion detection/prevention system - the busier the network, the more CPU cycles required.
Netify on Firewalls and Routers

Installation

Version 19.07 or later

Sorry, we do not support OpenWrt below version 19.07.

Web Console / Luci

You can install Netify directly from the OpenWrt Software install page in the web-based administration tool - Luci. In the web-based interface, click on the "System > Software" in the top menu. Make sure the software lists are up-to-date, and then search for netify using the built-in filter. Click on Install for the netifyd package (see screenshot).

Command Line

If you prefer the OpenWrt command line, you can run the following to install Netify:

opkg update
opkg install netifyd

Configuration

Netify will automatically detect the network interfaces and roles defined in OpenWrt.

Start

With the installation and setup completed, you can now start and enable Netify:

netifyd --enable-sink
service netifyd enable
service netifyd restart

Provisioning

With the Netify service installed, configured and running, it is time to provision your unique install. You will first need to fetch the provision code from your Netify Agent install using the following command:

# netifyd -p
Agent UUID: AA-BB-CC-DD

Once you have the provisioning code, you will need to create a Netify account (if you don't have one already) and run through the simple provisioning wizard. Once complete, metadata and analysis will start to be available in under a minute.

Provision Agent


What is OpenWrt

OpenWrt

OpenWrt is an open source, Linux-based firewall and routing software solution designed for embedded devices. Typically, OpenWrt is used as replacement firmware on commercial routers and WiFi devices from Netgear, Linksys, Asus, TP-Link and others.

OpenWrt includes the features available in commercial firmware, but with improved performance, stability, security and features. The software brings the rich feature set of commercial routers with the benefits of open and extensible software packages. OpenWrt features include:

  • Web-based Interface
  • Extensive WiFi tuning for better coverage
  • Firewall
  • VPN
  • Traffic Shaping/QoS
  • and more