SSH Configuration on OpenWRT

James Young · June 20, 2016

If you’ve configured Dropbear (the SSH server) for OpenWRT so that it has a secondary listener for your WAN port (you may want to do this if you want the WAN SSH listener on a different port from the default), then you’ve probably noticed that it doesn’t come up on its own after your WAN link drops.

There’s a really easy solution to this.  Configure hotplug.d so that when your WAN interface bounces, dropbear gets restarted!  Put this into /etc/hotplug.d/iface/40-dropbear ;


if [ "$INTERFACE" = "wan" ] && [ "$ACTION" = "ifup" ]
 /etc/init.d/dropbear restart

This tip was found at the bottom of the documentation for Dropbear listed above.

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