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The Gli Slate, Shadow, and MT300N are highly portable pocket-sized VPN WiFi routers that pack some serious performance. Who would have thought a device this small could simultaneously run transmission BitTorrent client, OpenVPN, SMB and miniDLNA? Never judge a WiFi router by size.
In this post we will show how to transform your small, unassuming GLi OpenWRT router into a media powerhouse, all from the comfort of your web browser. The items you will need are an OpenWRT Gli Router running the latest firmware (Slate, Shadow, GL-AR750 or MT300N), USB stick, OpenVPN service, and access to a Wifi or LAN internet connection.
Step 1: Connect to the internet
First make sure your GLi router has access to the internet by plugging the provided LAN cable directly into another WiFi router or a 4G modem for tethering. The fastest and easiest way to access the internet is by connecting to another WiFi network in repeater mode, eliminating the need to plug anything in. To do this first login to your GlI-Net router, select “scan” under Repeater, and click the scan button.
Once the scan is complete, click the SSID dropdown and select the WiFi network you want to access the internet through. Enter the password and click the join button. You should now be able to open a browser and access the internet.
Step 2: Turn on VPN
Now that you have internet access it’s time to connect to the VPN so all web traffic is encrypted. In this example we will setup the VPN through TorGuard OpenVPN but you can also use other OpenVPN or WireGuard compatible providers.
On the admin panel click VPN, and select OpenVPN Client
Access the TorGuard VPN config generator and select your desired country to connect through or enter your Dedicated VPN IP. Click the generate button to download your newly created OpenVPN config file.
Now back to the router interface click Add New VPN Configuration and a popup a window will appear where you can drag and drop your config file. Next, enter your VPN server description and your TorGuard VPN username and Password, click submit.
Click connect and after a few seconds you should see a connected status as seen below. You can check your IP address to ensure the VPN is active by opening a web browser and visiting MyIP.tg.
Step 3: Install Plugins
Now it’s time to install the necessary plugins for running transmission and minidlna. Make sure your USB drive is plugged into the GLi router before beginning this step.
On the Gli-Net admin panel click Applications and select plugins. First click the “Update” button to pull the latest list of available OpenWRT plugins. Once the update is complete,
Click the “Filter” drop down and select “All”. In the Search bar copy paste the following plugin name:
Press “enter” and click the “install” button to add this plugin to your Gli router. Repeat this same process for each of the following plugins:
Once you have installed all six plugins reboot the router by clicking “reboot” at the top of the screen. After a few minutes the router should reboot and automatically connect to the internet and start OpenVPN along with transmission and miniDLNA.
Open a browser window and access transmission at the following URL: 192.168.8.1:9091
Click the folder icon in the top left to download a torrent.
Copy paste the torrent file or magnet link URL, or locate the .torrent file locally by clicking “Choose Files”. Since we are using a Gli-net router make sure to set the Destination folder to “/mnt/sda1”. Click Upload.
After a few moments the torrent should appear as it finds peers and begins the download. All torrents downloaded through transmission will be saved directly to the attached USB drive that is plugged into the Gli WiFi router.
Step 4: Access DLNA or SMB with VLC
After the first transmission torrent download has completed it’s time to test streaming performance through VLC. VLC is a media streaming app that can be installed on almost any Android TV, Desktop, laptop, smartphone, or iOS device.
Access your devices’ app store and install the latest version of VLC:
Make sure the device running VLC is connected to the Gli-Net Wifi network. Start VLC then select “Local Network” from the menu:
You should see both SMB and MiniDLNA file server options under the File server list. Select one of these server options and then tap your desired media to start streaming.
Congratulations. You now have an all-in-one, pocket sized, Bittorrent client and Media streaming server small enough to take on the go, yet powerful enough to stream your favorite content.