[GUIDE] Install OpenWrt 18.06 on Onion Omega2 Pro
yoursunny last edited by
I got the Onion Omega2 Pro last month. I like it because:
- The CPU is MIPS architecture, allowing me to gain some experience with this unfamiliar architecture.
- It has 8GB eMMC storage, giving me plenty of space to install packages.
- It has LiPo battery port, USB host port, and pin headers with SPI and I2C, leaving possibility of building battery-powered IoT projects.
However, I'm unhappy with OnionOS. Apart from GUI differences, it uses a custom WiFi driver
wifi-warp-corethat has several flaws. Most notably, my WiFi SSID is
+(a plus sign), and the Onion would not connect to it. I want to replace OnionOS with a standard OpenWrt installation!
I figured out how to do that, and wrote up a guide in case others have the same need:
The outcome would be an Omega2 Pro with normal OpenWrt 18.06 WiFi driver complete with Luci user interface, installed to the 8GB eMMC storage.
Useful article. Thanks for posting.
Daniele Scasciafratte last edited by
Just because I am curious what are the difference with the OnionOS firmware?
Because they are not replying since a while on the forum so I am wondering if it is the case to use another "distro" that has support and works.
I am not an expert but as far as I can see it's basically OpenWrt with some additional Onion packages installed and of course the wi-fi driver. The additional packages generally are to support Onion specific hardware and wed pages for initial setup and Onion apps for the web interface.
For me it is a smart choice. They use a standard OpenWrt build and just add a few things to add the additional functionality required to support their device and peripherals, it's not a complete fork of OpenWrt for some kind of vanity project.
Thank you for the guide. Received my new Omega2+ today and within 10 mins it was up and running with OpenWrt and Luci.
@yoursunny Thank you for the post.
I am facing few problems regarding Openwrt on Omega2 pro
I have booted the board with OpenWrt 19.07
I am able to access http://192.168.1.1/cgi-bin/luci.
I have enabled the wifi access point and provided the LAN connection to the ethernet port on the device.
I am facing a few problems.
I am able to connect to the wifi from my laptop and access the internet but I am not able to connect to the wifi from my android phone. also, I am not able to access http://192.168.1.1/cgi-bin/luci when I connect to OpenWrt wifi
When I connect through putty(as serial port ), I am not able to access the internet from the command line. opkg is failing.
I want to achieve an 802.11s based wireless mesh network Where I connect LAN cable to the ethernet port, OpenWrt act as Accespoint so that other devices can connect to this access point and communicate to each other.
I am very much new to this field.
Thanks in advance.
I don't see real feature to change OnionOS, I hoped to see OpenWRT 19.07. To place battle software internal 32MB is enough. Database and other data files can be placed to the external disks (USB, MMC) with no problems.
Hello everyone, I am facing a problem. I am not finding anything inside /mnt/sda1
USB flash drive is connected to the Onion still nothing inside sda1
How can i solve this problem
Thanks in advance .
@apoorvamanjunath please post the output of the command df -hT
@apoorvamanjunath Are you really running some OpenWrt 19.07 based stuff on your Omega2 Pro?
victoriano last edited by
I always prefer mainline distros over very specialised ones. Do you know if OpenWRT 19.07 supports Omega2 Dash features?
prefer mainline distros over very specialised ones.
Very true, and I totally agree..
At the same time, we have to look at the value a specific implementation brings into the table. If we consider, I2C is an abstraction of 2 GPIO pins (two pins are configured to work together, either at s/w level or h/w level) to from an I2C bus, that does indeed brings in some value.
ESPs do I2C at s/w level and their I2C is limited to 100kHz max from a core running at 160MHz, while the h/w implementation of AVR 328P can support 400kHz bus @16MHz.
To my knowledge, OpenWRT is focusing on WiFi routers while Omega2 is focusing on IoT and peripheral connectivity.
yoursunny last edited by
I don't see real feature to change OnionOS, I hoped to see OpenWRT 19.07.
The main reason I changed to OpenWrt is that the Onion WiFi firmware is unable to connect to my upstream WiFi, because its SSID is
+(a plus sign).
I am now running OpenWrt 19.07 on my unit. The installation procedure is the same.
However, it's no longer possible to install any Onion specific software on 19.07. I want that battery indicator!