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WinSCP (Windows Secure CoPy)

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

Most people use vi as the text editor during configuration of embedded device. I hate to use vi, in which I have to memorize all the commands. Whereas WinSCP is a GUI (Graphical User Interface) program where you can edit your file like notepad. Additionally you can use WinSCP to download and upload files including settings of permission.

TP_LINK TL-WRT1043ND router and OpenWRT is use in this tutorial.



Login to Roter

  • Download and run WinSCP, as shown in figure above is the first screen for login
  • Enter for Host name ( is the default IP address for TL-WR1043ND router)
  • Enter root for User name (this is the login name for TL-WR1043ND router)
  • Enter password for Password field
  • Select SCP for File protocol (use FTP for website, use SCP for embedded device)

 You might see the following error during login. It is OK just ignore it.

WinSCP login error


After login to the router, you should see the following screen.


WinSCP login to router


As shown in figure below, right click any files/folders to popup a selection menu.

WinSCP commands

  • To edit a file, right click any file and select Edit. A notepad like text editor should open.
  • To download a file, right click any file and select Copy.
  • To delete a file, right click any file and select Delete.
  • To change a file name, right click any file and select Rename.
  • To change file/folders permission, right click any file/folder and select Properties.


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