I got a new TP-Link router a couple months ago, and configured it to use the OpenDNS domain servers for basic content filtering across all household WiFi devices. Everything seemed to be great.
Tonight I pulled up the OpenDNS dashboard to make some minor adjustments, and skimmed the various stats out of curiosity. I was shocked to see a huge number of requests to
tp-link.com, the manufacturer's website. In fact, the requests account for 40% of all network requests over the last 2 weeks!
I am running the latest firmware, and have double checked that I configured the DNS properly to use the OpenDNS IPs:
Is there any legitimate or overlooked reason for this traffic, or is my router just phoning everything home to China? There are no telemetry settings anywhere in the router management tools.
What are my options? I've blacklisted the site on OpenDNS now... should I also flash OpenWRT or something?