Boost your TP-Link WDR4900 with DD-WRT Firmware FeaturedWritten by effebal
Do you want to boost you router from a home consumer product into a professional one?
I love TP-Link hardware and in special way I love the possiblity to mod them installing open source firmwares instead the official ones.
I've recently replaced my not functioning TP-Link WR1043nd (with ddr-wrt fw installed on) with a new WDR4900.
What I like of this router is the power and the capabilities, but I think that the tp-link firmware is horrible and it severely penalizes this fantastic hardware.
So I've waited a long time for the availabilityof a dd-wrt firmware for this router.
Yesterday I've finally discovered that there is a dd-wrt version for WDR4900 and I was relly tempated to install it asap.
Update 15:56:22 2014-02-25
At the moment the project has been moved to the betas folder:
Here you can find all the firmwares classified by year.
Of course our selection will be the 2014 folder.
Chose the last release.
Right now (02-25-2014) the new build is the r23598, so click on the folder and search for your your WDR4900 V1 name as shown in the next picture.
Here we find two files.
Since we are starting flashing the DD-WRT for the first time we have to choose the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file.
The other file (tl-wdr4900-webflash.bin) is suitable only for the router update. So keep attention to download the right one:
I reccommend to follow the previous steps in order to find always the latest possible firmware.
But if you need a fast way to reach the specific r23598 folder here is the link:
In order to flash the dd-wrt firmware we need to upload the new firmware trough the web administratoin page.
To access the configuration utility, open a web-browser and type in the default IP address (in my case it is 192.168.1.1) in the address field.
After a moment, a login window will appear. Enter admin user id and password then click the OK button or press the Enter key.
Choose menu “System Tools → Firmware Upgrade”, and then you can update the latest version of firmware for the Router on the following screen
Enter or select the path name where you save the downloaded factory-to-ddwrt.bin on the computer.
Click the Upgrade button.
Important: Do not turn off the Router or press the Reset button while the firmware is being upgraded. Loss of power during the upgrade could brick your router.
The upgrade process takes a few moments and the Router restarts automatically when the upgrade is complete.
The Router will reboot while the upgrading has been finished
Compliments! Now we have a professional router.
Connect to the router again (the new router ip address will be 192.168.1.1).
A window will remember you that you need to protect your router with an user name and a password.
So choose carefully your credentials and remember them.
After this we can configure the router.
Francesco Balsamo is an electronic engineer specialized in Telco and IT.