Running TP-Link Easy Smart Configuration Utility on linux

I have been looking for a way to run this utility on linux (because it is a java app) and I found this guide explaining how to achieve this.

By the way, I use Arch Linux.

So, first, you will need to download the latest x64 Oracle JRE for linux from here. In my case, Linux x64.

Create a new Java folder on your home directory and extract the Oracle JRE archive there:

mkdir ~/Java
tar -xvf ~/Download/jre-8u311-linux-x64.tar.gz -C ~/Java

Then download the Easy Smart Configuration Utility from here.

First, you need to install the utility on a Windows system, in order to extract the executable file. After the installation, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\TP-LINK\Easy Smart Configuration Utility and grab Easy Smart Configuration Utility.exe.

Create a new folder on your linux system user home directory, paste the Easy Smart Configuration Utility.exe and rename it to easysmart.jar

mkdir ~/Easysmart
(paste file)
mv Easy Smart Configuration Utility.exe easysmart.jar

Then, add the following lines to your .bashrc file:

# TP-Link Easysmart
function easysmart {
    cd ~/Easysmart
    sudo iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p udp -d 255.255.255.255 --dport 29809 -j DNAT --to XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX:29809
    ~/Java/jre1.8.0_311/bin/java -jar ~/Easysmart/easysmart.jar
    sudo iptables -t nat -D PREROUTING -p udp -d 255.255.255.255 --dport 29809 -j DNAT --to XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX:29809
    cd ~
}

The iptable commands are handling the switch discovery by adding a prerouting rule, which is removed when you exit the utility. Don’t forget to replace XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX with your system’s IP address.

Lastly, by typing easysmart, the utility will execute and will search all network interfaces for a switch.

Good luck

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