Create a bridged Access Point with Raspberry Pi and OpenWrt

This article will show you how to turn your Raspberry Pi 3 into a bridged access point with OpenWrt.


In this configuration, the WiFi clients will be on the same subnet as the main router ( The Raspi will not act as a router, but as a bridge.

So let start…

Get the current OpenWrt image

Take the current factory image (openwrt-18.06.1-brcm2708-bcm2710-rpi-3-ext4-factory.img.gz)

Burn the image with etcher

Change LAN IP address of Raspi

For this you will need to configure your management workstation IP address to with subnet mask

Then open a browser and access to the default IP of the Raspi (

By default, the password is empty.

Then, navigate to Network – Interfaces and edit LAN interface

Disable DHCP server on this interface

To apply this configuration, you will need to first click on "Save & Apply" and then force apply with "Apply unchecked".

Your Raspi is now available under

You can revert your management workstation Ip configuration to DHCP.

Enable the OpenWrt SSID

Open a browser and access to the new IP of the Raspi (

Navigate to Network -Wireless and enable the SSID OpenWrt

The SSID is now ready to accept connections, try to connect with a client

Remove all firewall rules (optional)

Navigate to Network – Firewall

Under "General Setup", remove all Zones

Under "Traffic rules", remove all rules

You are done !

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