LEDE/OpenWRT — Setting Up A USB Video Device

This guide will help you get your LEDE/OpenWRT device supporting USB video. Which can be used for motion detecting webcams and other cool applications.

SSH to your LEDE/OpenWRT device

If you are using Windows then start PuTTY and click Session on the left side, select SSH from the options, and then enter in the IP Address of your LEDE/OpenWRT box into the Host Name field.

Once you’ve done this just click on Open to start up the SSH connection.


If you are connecting via terminal, then just SSH to your LEDE/OpenWRT device using the following command, where is your LEDE/OpenWRT device’s IP address.

ssh root@

Prerequisites — USB Support

First we need to ensure that your LEDE/OpenWRT device has basic support for USBs. Some builds come with this as standard, but if yours does not then just follow these steps:

USB 1.1 Support

This will either have a UHCI or OHCI interface. Pick one of the bellow to start off with, and if it is incorrect it will let you know which one you need to install.


Run the following commands for UHCI:

opkg update
opkg install kmod-usb-uhci
insmod usbcore
insmod uhci


Run the following commands for OHCI:

opkg update
opkg install kmod-usb-ohci
insmod usb-ohci

USB 2.0 Support

You will need to install the needed packages by running the following:

opkg update
opkg install kmod-usb2
insmod ehci-hcd

USB Video Support

Next, connect your USB Video device into your LEDE/OpenWRT device and then we just need to install the required packages.

To do this, run the following commands:

opkg update
opkg install kmod-video-uvc

This will install the needed packages and their dependencies.

Once this is complete, your LEDE/OpenWRT device should now have USB Video support. You can now make use of this through a number of different applications such as these listed in the LEDE/OpenWRT Wiki.

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