Manual Configuration

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Configuring your Mesh Node

Once your device has been flashed, the meshing software needs to be set up. Follow these steps to complete the set-up:

  1. Plug your node's WAN port into a network that provides internet access. If your device has multiple ports, check the device page for which one to use.
  2. Navigate to the openwrt configuration page at http://192.168.1.1/
  3. Log in with an empty password and press "Go to password configuration..." to set an administrator password
  4. Optional: Add an ssh key to the SSH-Keys section to allow secure access to the node via ssh.
  5. Enter a new password, uncheck "Password authentication" and "Allow root logins with password". Press "Save & Apply".
  6. Navigate to Network > DHCP and DNS and add 2 values for DNS Forwardings: 200:c493:950a:d576:a413:faef:990b:fb76 and 1.1.1.1, click "Save & Apply" at the bottom
  7. Use scp to send the Yggdrasil package to the node, eg. scp -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no ~/Downloads/yggdrasil_0.3.5-4_aarch64_cortex-a53.ipk root@192.168.1.1:/tmp
  8. Use ssh and your node's password to access the node's command line, eg. ssh root@192.168.1.1
  9. Run opkg update && opkg install kmod-tun nano to prepare the node for Yggdrasil
  10. Run opkg install /tmp/yggdrasil_0.3.5-4_aarch64_cortex-a53.ipk to install Yggdrasil
  11. Use the command nano /etc/yggdrasil.conf to edit the Yggdrasil configuration. Change peers section to include a few public nodes:
  12. { "Peers": [ "tcp://50.236.201.218:56088", "tcp://45.76.166.128:12345", "tcp://45.77.107.150:34660", "tcp://108.175.10.127:61216", "tcp://198.58.100.240:44478" ],...
  13. Press Ctrl + O, Enter, Ctrl + X to edit the text editor
  14. Run yggdrasilctl getSelf and take note of the "IPv6 subnet", for example IPv6 subnet: 300:f86f:fcf9:8479::/64
  15. Run reboot to fully initialize Yggdrasil
  16. Navigate to Network > Interfaces in the Openwrt web configuration and find "ULA Prefix" near the bottom. Replace the value with the IPv6 subnet value from before (starting from 3xx and ending with /64) and click "Save & Apply"
  17. On the same page, click "Edit" next to "LAN" and set "IPv6 assignment length" to 64. Under the DHCP Server section in the "IPv6 Settings" tab, check "Always announce default router". Click Save & Apply
  18. Navigate to Network > Firewall, and find "LAN" in the "Zones" section. Press the Edit button for this zone.
  19. Under the "Inter-Zone Forwarding" section, add "yggdrasil" to both "Allow forward to destination zones:" and "Allow forward from source zones:". Press "Save & Apply".
  20. Optional: To disallow unencrypted usage of the shared internet connection, remove "WAN" from "Allow forward to destination zones:"
  21. Optional: Under Network > Firewall > Traffic Rules, check enable on "Allow-SSH-yggdrasil" to allow ssh access using the node's mesh IP. Click "Save & Apply".

Once these steps are completed, your node will be capable of meshing with any other similarly configured node, as well as relaying encrypted mesh traffic to nodes over the internet if an internet connection is supplied to the node. Clients of the node will also be able to access in-mesh services using mesh IPs that the node assigns to connected devices. You can test this out by visiting the in-mesh wiki while connected to a LAN port of the node.

Note: At this point, your mesh node cannot access any services 'outside' the Yggdrasil network. To enable that, follow the Gateway Configuration guide.