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Topic # 105977 15-Jul-2012 19:00 Send private message


   I recently acquired a TP-Link portable wifi router, model WR703N.

After connecting to a laptop and using IP address I was presented with the user interface in Chinese, which was no problem because web sites say this unit can be flashed with DD-WRT.

Downloaded the appropriate DD-WRT .bin file and located the interface page to carry out the re-flash .... which appeared to proceed correctly.

However, now I cannot access the router ... tried several IP addressess using a browser and Telnet.

DD-WRT is supposed to have a GUI, so any assistance gaining access would be appreciated.



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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 656207 15-Jul-2012 21:25 Send private message

If you run "IPCONFIG" you can see what is the default gateway IP address...

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  Reply # 656209 15-Jul-2012 21:29 Send private message

Bother, hate it when that happens. Everything I have read indicates that the IP should be

Are you receiving anything from DHCP, or entering the computer's IP address manually. 

This may help:

In fact the whole article has good tips if things go wrong

Good luck

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  Reply # 656211 15-Jul-2012 21:35 Send private message

Before installing DD-WRT, you say the IP address was did you mean
I understand DD-WRT uses as a default. 

You need to make sure the PC trying to connect to the router is on the same subnet as the router.

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  Reply # 656212 15-Jul-2012 21:39 Send private message


Thanks for replies, and I've been scanning the WRT site as well.

So far -

As I said, flashing seemed to go fine, the unit reboots correctly and displays function light.

I used a laptop not connected to my network, so no DHCP to interefere, and made the computer to avoid conflict.

Default IP of router is stilli192.168.1.1, and I can PING it no problem at all.

IPCONFIG confirms router/unit address

This unit is listed as being compatible ... checked that before flashing.

Tried the 30/30/30 hard reset process

Any further ideas or siggestions most welcome,


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  Reply # 656219 15-Jul-2012 21:50 Send private message

Sorry about the typos .... yes, correct IP for the unit is, and yes, subnet is

OK, I've just noticed that I have made a blunder by using the incorrect flash file from WRT !! BUGGER !!!

Any clues how to re-flash with correct file?


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  Reply # 656224 15-Jul-2012 22:13 Send private message

Ding! Ding! Round two.

I can access the router via Telnet and in WRT's 'Failsafe Mode" ... so far so good.

I'm not a Linux user so not sure of the command line I should use to install the correct flash file, so any help in that regard would be appreciated.



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  Reply # 656225 15-Jul-2012 22:13 Send private message

I suspect you'll need to use the device's bootloader and tftp to get the original firmware back onboard, then try again.

Take a look at


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  Reply # 656234 15-Jul-2012 22:45 Send private message

Sadly, none of that makes any sense to me.

The WRT site does offer the following - "For systems without a web interface, you can flash a sysupgrade file with mtd (after downloading the file to /tmp and then "cd /tmp"):", and then gives the Command Line.

Looks good, BUT how do I get the upgrade/flash file into the router's tmp directory?


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  Reply # 656418 16-Jul-2012 12:40 Send private message

C'mon all you Linux gurus ... how does this helpless Windows guy copy a file from my computer to the router? Laughing

I can access the router via Telnet, and the tmp directory where the file (on a USB drive) needs to go.



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  Reply # 656656 16-Jul-2012 20:38 Send private message

Try using WinSCP

Just not sure if it will connect while router is in Failsafe mode.

[EDIT] Fix url

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  Reply # 656751 16-Jul-2012 22:41 Send private message

I'll give WinSCP a go ... thanks for the pointer.


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  Reply # 657474 18-Jul-2012 10:42 Send private message


   WinSCP did the trick and I can access the router's internal files and directories now.

Next trick is to gain extra storage/RAM via an external flash drive and get the GUI working .... sheesh, to us DOS/Windows users it would be easier to learn Klingon than Linux Undecided

Any Linux people out there that can help with this "bootloader" thingy?


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  Reply # 667761 5-Aug-2012 12:45 Send private message

UPDATE: Used WinSCP to access router files, changed static IP address in a config file, reconnected router to network LAN router, again used WinSCP to access router's command line feature (similar to Telnet), spent three days learning Linux commands, downloaded GUI "package" and installed .... after three attempts now have graphical user interface with router ... whoooo heeee!

Made appropriate settings and now have router working as Access Point etc.

Trying to get the 3G dongle to work is next step ... looks like more package downloads (for USB support), and then amending config files to get 3G dongle dialling correctly.

I'm exhausted, so off to Australia for some sunshine tomorrow.


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