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I own a TP-Link TL-WR1043 V2.1 wireless router, I would like to test if it is able to run on OpenWRT or DD-WRT. it is first tested on OpenWRT, DD-WRT later, so far it has been working flawlessly for me.

 

About TP-Link TL-WR1043 V2.1 Wireless Router
TP-Link TL-WR1043 V2.1 is a 300Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router, it has more memory (64MB) compared with the TL-WR1043 V1.x. Here is the comparison:

HW Version

CPU

Ram

Flash

Network

Gigabit

USB

Serial

JTag

1.x

Atheros  AR9132@400MHz

32MB

8MB

4x1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2.x

AtherosQCA9558@720MHz 64MB

64MB

8MB

4x1

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

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Friday, 07 June 2013 20:50

Extend WIFI Range with Another Router

With AP client router mode, it can connect to a wireless network and share the connection to its clients (see picture above). So you can use a router to extend the WIFI range.
 
 
Prerequisite
  • Primary wireless router configure as AP. If you already setup a wireless internet connection in your house, usually your modem is configured as AP mode.
  • Secondary wireless router (TL-WR1043ND or other DD-WRT compatible router) flashing with DD-WRT
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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 23:10

Flashing TP-Link TL-WR1043ND with DD-WRT

 
TP-Link TL-WR1043ND is one of the best 2.4GHz routers available, it has won numerous awards including "Best Product", "Best Wireless Router", "Editor's Choice" and "Best Design".
 
Using DD-WRT can make your network infinitely more stable and easier to tweak. Click here for more about DD-WRT.
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Thursday, 16 August 2012 14:40

Integrating PuTTY in WinSCP

Most of the time, I use both WinSCP (Windows Secure CoPy) & PuTTY together, especially when work with Openwrt and DD-Wrt. It is very troublesome to start each program individually. So I decided to integrate PuTTY into WinSCP.

 

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows.

http://winscp.net/

 

PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms.

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

 

I would suggest to download the portable version for both WinSCP & Putty. With the portable version, you can easily copy WinSCP & PuTTY from one computer to another computer without erase the settings.

Here is the link for partable WinSCP & Putty:

http://portableapps.com/news/2012-07-29--winscp-portable-4.3.9-released

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This is a guide on how to restore from DD-WRT to the original stock firmware. The router that I'm using is TP-Link TL-WR1043 Ver 1.8. 
 
Download
 
Software required
  • WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. I use this sofware to transfer files from my WinXP computer to the router.
  • PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms. I use this software to SSH to router & perform flashing command. 
 
Enable SSH
  1. Open up a browser and navigate to http://192.168.1.1 (you should use your own IP)
  2. Login in to DD-WRT.
  3. Goto Services tab and enable SSH
  4. Goto Administration/Management and enable SSH

Copy firmware file to Router

  1. Unzip the downloaded firmware file to any folder, now you have wr1043nv1_en_3_13_10_up(120210).bin in your computer
  2. Run WinSCP
  3. Transfer wr1043nv1_en_3_13_10_up(120210).bin to /tmp of router
  4. You may want to rename the firmware filename to shorter one, I renamed it to a.bin

Start Flashing
  • Run PuTTY (SSH to router)
  • Enter command as blow

cd /tmp

mtd -r write a.bin linux

The router will reboot upon flashing successfully

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Sunday, 29 July 2012 08:56

DD-WRT on TP-Link TL-WR740N Router

The TP-Link TL-WR740N router use in this tutorial is Ver 4.22. Make sure you download the correct version of firmware. Flashing wrong version firmware will brick the router.

Here is the link. You must download both factory-to-ddwrt.bin & tl-wr740nv4-webflash.bin.


You must upgrade to factory-to-ddwrt.bin before you flash tl-wr740nv4-webflash.bin.

1. Enter 192.168.1.1 from IE to login to the router. Select System Tools then click on Firmware Upgrade.
2. Choose  factory-to-ddwrt.bin which you download to your computer previously.
3. Click Upgrade button to start firmware upgrading.
4. The router will restart automatically after completed upgrade.

Screen shot for upgrade firmware: http://www.divshare.com/download/18183284-fed


5. Login to router again. Now DD-WRT prompt you for changing user name & password.
6. Enter the new router user name & password then click on Change Password button.
7. Enter new user name & password to login to the router.
8. Click on Administration from DD-WRT menu then select Firmware Upgrade.
9. Choose tl-wr740nv4-webflash.bin & click on Upgrade button

The router will upgrade to DD-WRT dated 03-19-12-r18777 which is much more powerful than before.

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