How to recovery the router when you bricked it?

How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2015-07-14 10:20:13
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/Tftpd32/3001-2085_4-10114225.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.




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.




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.



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 .
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Re:How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2015-07-14 10:56:56
Good Sharing! :)
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Re:How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2015-11-19 02:45:33
I followed all the steps .. great!! Also used this guide a little: https://mikepalmer.net/tp-link-archer-c7-ac1750-v2-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
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Re:How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2016-02-14 11:53:36
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 . Mode octet [14/02 09:00:36.218]
OACK: [14/02 09:00:36.218]
Using local port 61811 [14/02 09:00:36.218]
: 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.
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Re:How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2016-02-21 17:39:06

krishyogi wrote

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 . Mode octet [14/02 09:00:36.218]
OACK: [14/02 09:00:36.218]
Using local port 61811 [14/02 09:00:36.218]
: 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 . Mode octet [21/02 11:28:11.205]
OACK: [21/02 11:28:11.205]
Using local port 64652 [21/02 11:28:11.205]
: 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.
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Re:How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2016-02-26 14:22:38
Hi
I changed the link for tftp server, you guys could try this version.
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Re:How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2016-09-06 23:47:43
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
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Re:How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2016-09-11 03:15:56
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 ;)
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I have Bricked tplink-3420 v2, while installing Barrier Breaker to it
2016-09-30 17:56:50
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
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Re:How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2017-08-11 02:30:04
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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Re:How to recovery the router when you bricked it?
2017-08-17 13:44:56

heroeda wrote

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?
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