Kagera Router Management Utility
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Kagera Router Management Utility

This is the Kagera Build Environment. It is heavily based on OpenWrt's Build Environment and heavily uses Bootstrap for all Kagera related actions.

Kagera Firmware is an effort aimed at building a powerful software helping to solve a number of different problems in current home routers and to extend SOHO devices capabilities. It aims to solve the problem of excessive buffering of network packets, as it is much easier to start addressing the problem at the home router end. Beyond this, Kagera aims to be a modular router management utility, that enables experiments with "next generation" Internet features, such as DualBand WiFi, IPv6 and DNSSEC.

Kagera is built atop the OpenWrt project, which has great Linux kernel support for many embedded devices, bringing its strengths and opens a whole new world of possibilities. The modular design with support of external root lets user to flash just the core system and then choose which functionality does he really need, decreasing necessary free space and the number of available firmware editions. What is more, Kagera Firmware implements the online updates feature, and therefore allows network administrators to easily upgrade software directly from the router configuration page.

Bringing these strenghts together opens a whole new world of possibilities.

Kagera Installation

This is the Kagera Build Environment, that allows to easily compile the Firmware and produce final, ready to flash images. The following commands might be find to be usefull, while building the Kagera.

Cleaning targets:

  • make clean - cleans just the packages for the current configuration. This will keep .config in tact.
  • make distclean - cleans whole environment including the type of architecture. This will remove .config file as well as the build directory.
  • make mrproper - same as make distclean.

Configuration targets:

  • make config - this will provide a legacy, console-based interface to configure Kagera Build Environment.
  • make menuconfig - this will provide a 'graphical' interface to select Kagera specific options such as target architecture or OpenWrt version.
  • make nconfig - this will provide an anternative 'graphical' interface to select Kagera specific options.
  • make oldconfig - updates current config utilising a .config file privided by user as a base
  • make kernel_menuconfig - this will launch a modern 'graphical' interface, that allows to customize a set of options available in Linux Kernel used with Kagera.
  • make openwrt_menuconfig - if it is necessary to modify which packages the target image should contain, add a few utilities or libraries, this command will allow to alter default OpenWrt configuration.

Generic targets:

  • make all - builds all selected target images
  • make world - make all equivalent

Other targets:

  • make board - shows information about target architecture and board(s), the final images are being built for
  • make help - displays this help
  • make version - shows the version of Kagera Firmware being built

To build your own firmware, you need to have access to a *BSD, Linux or Mac OSX operating system. Windows and Cygwin is not supported because of the lack of case sensitiveness in the file system.