Install TFTP Server

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Installing the TFTP server on a WiDirect or WiClient is easy. First run the commands to install and start the necessary services:

sudo yum install atftp-server xinetd
sudo chkconfig tftp on
sudo chkconfig xinetd on
sudo service xinetd start

Next the firewall needs to have port 69 enabled. Both TCP and UDP is recommended. Open the firewall file:

emacs /etc/sysconfig/iptables

Add two lines with the other input rules to allow traffic on port 69:

-A INPUT -m tcp -p tcp --dport 69 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -m udp -p udp --dport 69 -j ACCEPT

You will also want to modify the iptables configuration file:

sudo emacs /etc/sysconfig/iptables-config

The IPTABLES_MODULES line needs to be updated to include ip_conntrack_tftp:

IPTABLES_MODULES="ip_conntrack_netbios_ns ip_nat_ftp ip_conntrack_ftp ip_conntrack_tftp"

Restart the necessary services:

sudo service iptables restart
sudo service awicp_client restart

The TFTP server is now ready to use. Add the desired files to /tftpboot/.

The DHCP server can be set to tell the users about the TFTP server by adding in additional lines to the DHCP configuration:

option next-server "";
option filename "startfile";

Those lines can be added either to the subnet section, or as a separate group:

subnet netmask {
    filename "startfile";
    option routers;
    option domain-name-servers;
    option ntp-servers;
    option subnet-mask;


group {
    filename "startfile";
    host ncd1 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:49:2b:57; }
    host ncd4 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:80:fc:32; }
    host ncd8 { hardware ethernet 0:c0:c3:22:46:81; }