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  1. #1

    How to recovery the router when you bricked it?

    Region : UK

    Model : TL-WDR4300

    Hardware Version : V1

    Firmware Version :

    ISP :


    Hello !
    I am using a TL-WR4300ND and bricked it when I flashed the DD-WRT,my router just became a useless box.
    I called the hotline and this situation was not in Warranty, it is really a pity.
    After trying many times, they finally offer me a way to fix my router.
    I have to say,I got an amazing support from TP-LINK Support, I am going to share this method with you guys.


    OK,here we go ,firstly, you need to set up a TFTP Server on your computer with IP 192.168.0.66/24,
    ( http://download.cnet.com/Tftpd32/300...5.html?hlndr=1)
    (You can refer to this link to configure the ip settings: http://www.tp-link.com/en/faq-553.html )

    Download the latest available firmware from TP-LINK website.

    Here comes the most important part,switch off your router and Connect a LAN port of the TL-WDR4300 to your TFTP Server machine.
    Hold down the Reset button on the back of the router and switch it on till you could see the information below in the log viewer option.
    Obviously, you have to press the log viewer at first, you can see the name was wdr4300v1_tp_recovery.bin.
    You may need to try it several times.
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    Rename the file name as wdr4300v1_tp_recovery.bin which you download from the TP-LINK website and browse to the folder where you saved the renamed firmware.
    Ensure the firmware name and folder path was correct.
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    What I am going to say was the most complex part of the whole process,
    switching off your router and hold down the Reset button on the back of the router and switch it on again,
    release the reset button when there pop-up a flashing window.
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    Wait for some time until the router reboot itself.
    Congratulations when you finished these process, this really a hard work for you and me. I tried many times till I get the success.
    Hope you guys as lucky as I am.
    Fitz




    Notice: Your router may not support this function if you cannot see the file name in the log viewer .
    Last edited by Fitz; 02-26-2016 at 06:21. Reason: Added more details

  2. #2
    Good Sharing!

  3. #3
    I followed all the steps .. great!! Also used this guide a little: https://mikepalmer.net/tp-link-arche...tftp-recovery/

    My quesstion: did anyone experience the boot BIN file uploading and halting at 66% (we see 75417 blocks uploaded) then it halts and does not continue ... everytime!!!!

    Help appreciated

  4. #4
    Hi, Thanks buddy for sharing. At least seems like i don't need to throw out my new TP Link WDR 4300 I bricked while installing Chillifire DD-WRT. I followed all the steps above and here is what i see on my log:

    Connection received from 192.168.0.86 on port 1550 [14/02 09:00:36.218]Read request for file <wdr4300v1_tp_recovery.bin>. Mode octet [14/02 09:00:36.218]
    OACK: <timeout=5,> [14/02 09:00:36.218]
    Using local port 61811 [14/02 09:00:36.218]
    <wdr4300v1_tp_recovery.bin>: sent 16002 blks, 8192512 bytes in 4 s. 0 blk resent [14/02 09:00:40.466]

    Then, all the lights on router are just flashing and never restarting.. actually i left one entire night hoping it will restart.. i tried this again.. same issue, it's not restarting.. nor when i restart manually helping.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by krishyogi View Post
    Hi, Thanks buddy for sharing. At least seems like i don't need to throw out my new TP Link WDR 4300 I bricked while installing Chillifire DD-WRT. I followed all the steps above and here is what i see on my log:

    Connection received from 192.168.0.86 on port 1550 [14/02 09:00:36.218]Read request for file <wdr4300v1_tp_recovery.bin>. Mode octet [14/02 09:00:36.218]
    OACK: <timeout=5,> [14/02 09:00:36.218]
    Using local port 61811 [14/02 09:00:36.218]
    <wdr4300v1_tp_recovery.bin>: sent 16002 blks, 8192512 bytes in 4 s. 0 blk resent [14/02 09:00:40.466]

    Then, all the lights on router are just flashing and never restarting.. actually i left one entire night hoping it will restart.. i tried this again.. same issue, it's not restarting.. nor when i restart manually helping.
    Hello, my friend. I have Exactly same problem with my log saying:
    Connection received from 192.168.0.86 on port 1497 [21/02 11:28:11.205]
    Read request for file <wdr4300v1_tp_recovery.bin>. Mode octet [21/02 11:28:11.205]
    OACK: <timeout=5,> [21/02 11:28:11.205]
    Using local port 64652 [21/02 11:28:11.205]
    <wdr4300v1_tp_recovery.bin>: sent 16002 blks, 8192512 bytes in 4 s. 0 blk resent [21/02 11:28:15.532]

    And now all icons on my router are flashing for second and stop, then flashing and stop.
    I wasted my whole weekends trying to fix this lousy router and all in vain. I got it bricked while configuring OpenWRT firmware on it. I wouldn't had to install third party firware on first place if the router worked correctly. So dissapointed with this manufacturer, will never buy from them again.

  6. #6
    Hi
    I changed the link for tftp server, you guys could try this version.

  7. #7
    Junior Member Guazi is on a distinguished road
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    Thanks very much OP! Followed your directions, but used the stripped version of the firmware found here:
    http://www.friedzombie.com/tplink-stripped-firmware/

    Worked and I'm back up and running on my WDR4300

  8. #8
    My friend, you made my day. My router was collecting dust for half a year and the solution turned out to be so simple. The firmware your provided worked perfectly fine for me

  9. #9

    Unhappy I have Bricked tplink-3420 v2, while installing Barrier Breaker to it

    I have got bricked my router tplink 3420 v-2 while installing Barrier breaker to it, It has only power on and system LED blinking, I checked for eth0 packets it says

    "ARP, Request who-has 192.168.0.66 tell 192.168.0.86, length 46"

    when sniffed udp packets it says

    "IP 0.0.0.0.bootpc > 255.255.255.255.bootps: BOOTP/DHCP, Request from (oui Unknown), length 300"

    I tried tftp server with recovery file, ftp client method to put firmware, but no success, Kindly help me to solve it , I need it urgently back to work?
    It doesnot ask for any recovery file specified name. Can anyone tell me what is the boot file name for barrier breaker 14.07 for mr3420 ?so that i may rename and flash it

  10. #10
    My problem debrick MR3220 V2.4 via tftpGUI complete But router not restart led power on only .I change tftpd32 problem.any solution for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by heroeda View Post
    My problem debrick MR3220 V2.4 via tftpGUI complete But router not restart led power on only .I change tftpd32 problem.any solution for me
    I have the same issue with restarting. Heroeda, did you or anyone else find a fix?

  12. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by OctavioEd View Post
    I have the same issue with restarting. Heroeda, did you or anyone else find a fix?
    My problem fix Solved.
    1).open board and soldering TP18 to TP38 and TP28 to TP48 should be connected.
    2).Connect usb to TTL GND,Tx and Rx pins. (Tx from schematic goes to Tx pin of router, Rx from schematic to Rx of router
    3).set IP pc 192.168.1.100
    4).Install tftpgui anda copas firmware to tftproot rename to code.bin
    5).run tftpgui (don't any set up)start only
    6) set usb to TTL:
    Bits per second: 115200
    Data bits: 8
    Parity: none
    Stop bits: 1
    Flow control: none
    7). Open PuTTY via serial see set no.6 COMx x see device manager.
    8).Once you click "Open", then you should see the router's console.While the router is connected to your computer using the usb-serial cable we just created, then power the device off, then on again, while device boots, (within 1-2 seconds) you need to be on the putty window typing the word "tpl". YOU MUST BE VERY FAST!! If you successfully log in
    9). Write comand:
    Hornet> erase 0x9f020000 +0x3c0000
    Hornet> tftpboot 0x81000000 code.bin
    Hornet> cp.b 0x81000000 0x9f020000 0x3c0000
    Hornet> bootm 0x9f020000
    10).wait ROUTER reboot and 3 led indikator on debrick Solved
    Last edited by heroeda; 08-18-2017 at 04:28.

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    Junior Member avibarilan is on a distinguished road
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    Hello experts!
    i have a TP-Link WDR4300 wireless router. after a bad firmware flash the router is now completely bricked. i have tried following an awesome youtube video in order to unbrick it make by richard Lloyd
    (youtube url + /watch?v=1hWT35w6sVI&list=WL&index=89&t=6s)
    in my case, after i turn on the router and release the reset button, i see the router trying to download the recovery file, i see a progress bar comng up for 1-2 seconds...but thats it...nothing happens!
    does any know what am i missing?
    is there a specific firmware version i need to perform this with?

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    Junior Member zephyrsin is on a distinguished road
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    Thank you.

    Made an account just for this.

    You've saved my C2600!


 

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