Converting a TP-Link TL-WR1043ND to DD-WRT

Converting a TP-Link TL-WR1043ND to DD-WRT

In this post, I will walk you through converting your TP-Link TL-WR1043ND from factory firmware to DD-WRT 3rd party firmware.  DD-WRT is generally more stable than the factory firmware and contains more advanced features.  This is a pretty easy firmware upgrade with one catch.  If your router’s Serial Number begins with 12, then you will need to perform an additional step before converting to DD-WRT. The extra step is to flash a special german firmware image before flashing to DD-WRT.  Newer versions of the TL-WR1043ND router turn off the WAN port during a firmware upgrade which never gets turned back on in DD-WRT.  This special german firmware image prevents the WAN from being turned off during the DD-WRT conversion.

**UPDATE** If you already have a non working DD-WRT install, you can use this file to revert your firmware back to stock TP-Link. Then you can install the german firmware file and then install DD-WRT.

  •  First, you will need to make a hardwired connection to the router (do not attempt this using a wireless connection).
  • Next you will need to obtain the DD-WRT firmware for this router.  The firmware can be found HERE. The link is to the DD-WRT ftp site.  Select the latest year, then select the most recent build (not a testing build), then select the tplink_tl-wr1043nd folder, and lastly click the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file.  I used build 19419 at the time of writing this.
  • If you have a router that has a serial number starting with 12, then you will need to download THIS german firmware file, otherwise you can skip this step.
  • Open up a browser and navigate to http://192.168.1.1 and the default user is admin, default password is admin.
  • Go to System Tools and then Firmware Upgrade.  You should see the following screen:
  • If your router serial number starts with 12, select browse and choose the german firmware file that you downloaded earlier.  Otherwise select browse and choose the  factory-to-ddwrt.bin file that you downloaded from DD-WRT.
  • You will then see the next two screens and your router will automatically reboot.
  • If you uploaded the german firmware file, then you will need to go back to System-Tools then Firmware-Upgrade to upload the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file.
  • Once you have uploaded the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file, the router will reboot and you will see the DD-WRT setup screen.  You just need to set your username and password and you are ready to start configuring your DD-WRT router.

If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment. Also, let me know what builds you have found to be stable on this router.


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234 Comments

  1. em says:

    Where did you downloaded that german firmware file? I see you mirrored it into your website, but i want to know the source.

    • Joey Iodice says:

      If you are going from TP-link firmware to DD-WRT, you would use the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file. If you already have DD-WRT running on the router then you will use the webflash bin file.

  2. Zackyu says:

    my router with serial 12. i did the flash to DD-WRT and yes there is an issue there. i want to perform the flashing again but i have a question, can i just upgrade it to german firmware(from DD-WRT to german) or i should revert it to stock firmware first then upgrade to german and last to DD-WRT?

  3. Александр says:

    Здраствуйте!!!! Прошился как вы написали,немецкую ,потом dd-wrt,Wan заработал(заморгал),определился интернет,показывает сеть,что я подключён,но интернета нет,роутер не раздаёт интернет не по Lan,не по Wi-fi,подскажите не знаете ли в чём проблема.

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Sorry, I do not speak Russian and the Google translation was not very clear… From my understanding your WAN is not working? You will need to revert back to stock TP-Link firmware then load the German TP-Link firmware, and then load the DD-WRT firmware.

  4. Александр says:

    Hello! Did you have written, van to work, but no Internet , router does not distribute Internet,(shows that the network is,мас determines,all everywhere prescribes) but internet not, like not working DHCP the router.Help

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Sounds like your WAN port is not working. Try installing the revert to stock firmware file I posted in the blog, then install the german firmware, and finally install DD-WRT.

  5. Rob says:

    Thanks for posting the revert bin. I take it just run through update firmware option on router homepage and reboot?

  6. Александр says:

    Hello!!! Firmware 08-07-10-r14896 work. A with (08-12-10-r14929 оn 01-01-2013-r20453) no work, dhcp server no work. Help.

  7. Mark says:

    Hi there- Very helpful but I must have done something wrong in the process. I have Open VPN working with the flashed DD-WRT, but with no internet connection. I’d like to restart the process. I have found the original firmware, but would you let me know how I can flash the firmware back to the router? Thanks in advance!

  8. Larry says:

    I keep getting a error that the factory file is too large (when upgrading from the german version). I have done a 30/30/30 reset after each firmware upgrade to ensure memory is clear. Any ideas?

  9. jaaf.forums@zoraldia.com says:

    Thank you for this very accurate and well written tuto. I just have a question. I read in other tutos that one should perform a 30-30-30 reset before and after upgrade/update. What is your opinion about this.

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Yes, the recommended thing to do is to clear your NVRAM by doing a 30-30-30 reset before and after each firmware upgrade. I usually just do a factory reset through dd-wrt or the factory firmware which will usually clear the NVRAM.

      • djst says:

        Very nice and simple instruction, had one with more pics, but this was clear enough for me.

        I’ve flashed from factory to ddwrt, should I clean nvram also? Have seen in ddwrt forum a cmd command to do it, but can’t find it right now. If you suggest to clean maybe you know that command?

    • Bernhard says:

      Hi There,

      I am curious; did it solve your issues with wifi signal drop?
      I got that issue myself: wifi will hang/freeze in n-mode (g works fine) of there is “too much” load on it over a certain period of time.
      Happened with hardware revision 1.8 and 1.9 (the replacement for the “broken” 1.8 :-( )
      Would be great to know if DD-WRT is any good in this situation.

      Thanks in advance!

  10. krilas says:

    I uses WR1043ND for IP TV by wireless network. IT TV works, but sometimes freeze and all network disconnects. So now I want to try change original firmware to dd-wr. And have question – how with DD-Wr IP TV work normally by wireless? Our will have troubles in future for this?

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Any kind of video streaming over wireless can suffer problems if there is not a good amount of buffering. DD-WRT may help but you might also have to tune your network. I would setup some QOS rules for IPTV streaming to give it priority and I would also use a tool such as inSSIDer to make sure you are using a wireless channel that is not congested by nearby wireless networks. If this does not work then you will need to either run a wire or try a wireless bridge. Good luck.

  11. krilas says:

    Thanks Joey for answer.
    Now I over 6 mounths user original WR1043ND firmware – IP TV work, some days it work perfect, sometimes TV stops and network limited becomes, then need disconect and again connect and TV works again some time…
    maybe need try configure first original firmware? Can you give some advice?
    I will try check network area by inSSIDer. maybe this will give some good results

  12. krilas says:

    Thanks Joey for answer.
    I use WR1043ND for watch IP TV over wirelless more what 6 months. Sometimes it work perfect. But sometimes IT show but after some time everything freezing, network become Limited network, need disconets and again connect. then IP TV become live again. Why so happen? Buffering this is problem? Maybe you can advice me try change some original firmware settings?
    I will try start inSSIDer software to check network around our home, maybe some good result will get :)

  13. hashaam says:

    I still have the stock firmware on wr1043nd. I have attached a hard drive to it and it is accessable by all my laptops and mobiles n can use the media server function……but my samsung smart tv 5300, connected through ethernet cable, cannot detect the router or hard drive (although the tv does detect media files on other laptops on same network). If i upgrade it to dd-wrt, wll it be able to detect.

  14. Ben says:

    Hi Joey, I am a noob here. I would like to enable the 3G modem support for the USB. Does flashing to dd-wrt help? The original firmware supports usb storage only. I am using a AC2791 evdo rev B 3G modem.

  15. Peter says:

    Hello!
    I have tp link tl 1043nd ver 1.10 sn 12…
    I have updated to dd-wrt, and wan port has gone.
    I tried the description above, but WAN port still not working.
    Do you have any idea?
    THX:
    P!

    • Joey Iodice says:

      If you went straight into DD-WRT without doing the German firmware first then you will need to revert back to stock firmware using the link I provided in the tutorial. Then you will need to do the German firmware then DD-WRT firmware. Make sure to do a 30/30/30 reset after each firmware change.

  16. David says:

    How is your experience using the WR1043ND so far? Is it stable? How often do you have to power cycle it?

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Very stable, I have it running in a business environment with 6-7 wireless devices constantly using it on a daily basis. It has been running since I wrote this article and they have only power cycled it once and that was because it was stacked on top of a modem and got too hot. This router can get pretty hot so make sure not to put it on other devices that can get warm.

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Yes, I am aware of the big/mega firmware versions of DD-WRT. They basically include all of dd-wrt features, not just a limited set. As far as I know, this router does not support those version due to only having 8MB of flash memory. Who is your VPN provider?

  17. Martin says:

    Thank you Joey for your firmware user instructions – all works fine now and the DD-WRT firmware is good. I have one small problem though:- I was able to set up and access the Addonics 4.0 NAS adapter with the standard TL-Link factory firmware before I upgraded to German & DD-WRT firmware. Now Internet explorer will not access the GUI to re-setup the firmware on that. I suspect it is the new router firmware but no idea how to resolve it.
    If you are able to assist and have any other details you need please fire away.

    • Joey Iodice says:

      The most likely cause is that your Addonics adapter is using DHCP to obtain an IP address and when you changed firmware it got assigned a new IP address. You should be able to find that new IP address in the dd-wrt connected device list (Status -> LAN). To prevent problems in the future, you should assign it a static private IP either by assigning it in DD-WRT or by assigning it in the Addonics settings. If you are using the Addonics NAS adapter for USB hard drives, you could bypass this all together and just plug the USB device directly into the router since it supports USB.

  18. Ales says:

    HI Joey, I assume u are aware of the problem with the Buil20675 related to the wireless problems. Since iam close to the decision to revert back to the stock firmware (btw iam trying to get the instruction how to do it..) iam wondering if/how I can “update” for example to your build (19419) if it doesn’t have this Wifi issue??? Should i just use the webflash.bin for your build? Thank you in advance for your answer

  19. Ales says:

    HI, thank you once again. Unfortunately my wifi problem still persist, iam not able to run the N client above 65 Mbps…any idea is more than welcome…thx

    • Joey Iodice says:

      I would not really consider that a problem unless you have internet speeds greater than 65 Mbps. Try setting the wireless mode to N only and then use WPA2 security with AES for best speed using wireless security. In order to really obtain the best wireless speeds, the network should not have any wireless password but you would need to lock it down by MAC address. You may also be limited by your wireless adapter, not the router. No matter how good your router is, if your wireless adapter only supports a certain speed then you are only going to get that speed. Also it depends on how many wireless clients are connected because each on gets a portion of the overall wireless speed.

  20. Ales says:

    Thank you, I will try also what you mentioned. May I ask you about the guideline to get back to the stock firmware, would you please send me some link, I would appreciate…thank you

  21. Ales says:

    actually I tried also to connect only on N and the result still the same. I will change also the security settings in order to gain the speed, let see…May I ask you if by chance you have some guidelines related to downgrade back to stock firmware??? thank you.

  22. Martin says:

    Thankyou for your reply Joey on 11 March 2013.
    I did identify the IP address at the time but it still was not able to bring up the Addonics GUI/web page. I want to use the Addonics as I don’t have restrictions on the amount of storage I can use with the device. Apparently the TL-WR1043ND is limited to 2 Terabyte but is this still the case with DD-WRT firmware? My day job is doing 3D drawings not this level of networking to a NAS device. I want the speed and storage space but would it sound radical using a USB to Ethernet adapter so I can plug the Addonics into the Router USB? Or would it be a better advantage for speed by using a flash drive in the USB and put the Addonics into the Routers ethernet port? The speed I would be after is to be able to stream a few movies in the house at the same time on the Gigabit wired network. Any help would be much appreciated – thankyou!

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Sounds like there may be a misconfiguration on the Addonics device. I believe there is a factory reset on the device that should reset it back to default settings, this will not affect your data just your device settings. Also, have you powered it off and back on since upgrading the router? It is designed to just plug into an Ethernet port of the router, I would not recommend a USB adapter. DD-WRT does not have a 2 TB limit but a reformat might be required. If you have a spare flash drive laying around, I would spend some time with the DD-WRT USB settings to see if it will work better for your scenario then it is just a matter of switching USB devices for more storage. If you are using this NAS for work purposes, I would really recommend getting a dedicated NAS with at least two drive bays so that your work is automatically cloned on the second disk in case of a hard drive failure. Having your 3D drawings on a single hard drive is never a good idea.

  23. Pablo says:

    Hi. I have this router with a german firmware from the date of purchase. v3.13.12 Build 120808 Rel.33996n. Can I update it without the german-firmware step?
    Thanks for sharing this info and tuto…!

    • Joey Iodice says:

      You still need to do the german-firmware step. It is not that every German firmware file fixes the problem, just that certain one (v3.9.17). It prevents the WAN port from being deactivated during a DD-WRT conversion.

  24. Hashaam says:

    have you installed any torrent client on this router? it would be helpful if you can also guide us on installing a torrent client on the router.

    • Joey Iodice says:

      NTFS is not a problem although you will get better speeds with Ext3. As far as 3TB, I don’t think DD-WRT supports GUID partition tables right now which is required to support over 2TB partitions. You could do two partitions though depending on how you want to use it. Example being 2TB for Multimedia and 1TB for backups, etc.

  25. overdose says:

    Please help me the sn starts with 12 i followed the guide german bin first and then factory. But the dd wrt setup never show up and now i cant even access the router page and no internet :s please help

  26. Leva says:

    I have a problem, maybe you can tell me something about it. I have a TL-WA901ND v2 AP with default tplink firmware. (Build 120224). I flashed it to DD-WRT (as I saw this AP in the device compatible list) then I lost my WAN port! Seems I had the same issue you explained above, but with AP also. On the other hand, I could not get that DD-WRT to work properly, because I could not set up the device to act as AP, that DD-WRT handled it as a router, which is a bit wierd for me. Anyway I reverted back, now I have the original firmware as I had before, and working fine. For me, that DD-WRT didn’t bring any additional benefit, I will not apply this on my other TPL devices for sure. It’s unstable, and even if the devices is “compatible”, doesn’t work on a way it’s supposed to.

    • Joey Iodice says:

      DD-WRT is not really meant for access points, it is aimed towards routers. You will not really gain much with dd-wrt anyways since an access point is a simple device that just converts wireless traffic into wired and vice verse. I am not really sure what DD-WRT would even consider your single ethernet port as since it is really a LAN port, and not a WAN port.

      If you really want to get it working, I suggest you read through this entire thread:

      http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=71721&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

      Looks like some people got it to work with some effort.

  27. valent says:

    Did anybody fix wifi dropout [1] issue with their wr1043nd when running ddwrt or openwrt? I’m still having issue and really pissed off…

    I posted to this bug report [2] but still no news from any of the developers.

    It looks like same bug [3] is also present in openwrt firware, I can confirm that I had same issues with openwrt.

    Is there any workaround?

    [1] http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=747935
    [2] http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/bugtracker/view.php?id=4388
    [3] https://dev.openwrt.org/ticket/9654

    • Bernhard says:

      Same issue here.
      Both with OpenWRT and factory firmware. Router works great with g-wifi but drops out in n-mode when presented with some more bandwidth (not just internet). Around 8MBit/s netto over 10 minutes is a guarantied freeze/hang.

  28. Ben says:

    Joey….I was searching for a fix to my problem and your solution worked…THANKS. However, I encountered another issue…let me try to describe a bit and wondering your thoughts on the matter. Originally I tried to put DD-WRT onto my TL-WR1043ND (ver 1.10, S/N starting with 12) and it installed perfectly only the SYS light wasn’t on and I couldn’t access the internet. Followed your instructions to revert back first, install the german firmware, then reinstall DD-WRT. After reverting. and also with the german firmware, I noticed the SYS light was on, but once DD-WRT installed, the SYS light is off. I do have access to the internet through hardwire connection but the wireless isn’t working. I installed my version of DD-WRT from here
    (http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database). Curious about the wireless not working and also if the version that I installed is correct/up to date. Thanks.

  29. 4x4 says:

    Hello
    pls could you help?
    i bought 1043Nd with lastest FW instaled http://www.tp-link.com/Resources/software/TL-WR1043ND_V1_120405_.zip

    then installed german boot bin, then lastest 2013 DD wrt,

    when i want go back i installed http://joeyiodice.com/files/tl-wr1043nd_v1-webrevert.bin

    then whanted update to latest FW again, so i installed instaled http://www.tp-link.com/Resources/software/TL-WR1043ND_V1_120405_.zip again,

    after flash the router hangs, no there is only one led lid (power). & no acces to router.,

    could you advice how to repair the device?

        • Joey Iodice says:

          So when you do a 30/30/30 reset are you able to access the device? I am guessing that the web revert worked and you were back to the tp-link firmware. Not sure why upgrading the TP-Link firmware to a newer version failed. You might need to find a TP-Link recovery tool, this is all outside of the scope of DD-WRT so I am not very familiar with TP-Link firmware or recovery options for that firmware.

          • 4x4 says:

            For me was strange that revert to orginal (factory) FW was not to the latest but to old FW
            how it can be? after that i updated to lastest FW & unit freezes, after that no conection to unit, only 1 power led lid.

          • Joey Iodice says:

            The only reason it would fail is if you lost connection during the update (usually only happens when people attempt to do a firmware upgrade over wireless). Other reason would be a bad download of the firmware file. Are you trying to connect to the router via wireless or with a hard wired connection? It sounds like you may have bricked your router. Since you did it during a TP-Link firmware upgrade, they may be able to replace it for you.

  30. Dennis says:

    Hello Joey Iodice,

    Thanks for the guide you made. For weeks I try to unleash the power of the router TP-Link TL-WR1043ND. Problems with Wireless in N mode, what only gave 130mbit connection and Wan port that was offline is now all fixed.

    I used the firmware: r21153 from 04-01-2013 and it went all good. I noticed that the wireless connection gave 130mbit but after changing the Channel Width to “Turbo 40 mhz” it went to 300mbit.

    All I have to do for now, is testing if the router / internetconnection is stable.

    Thanks alott,

    Sincerly,

    Dennis

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Yea, 20mhz band is usually better if you have a lot of neighbors with wireless connections because it only occupies 4 wireless channels instead of 8 so there is less wireless conflicts. Unless you are transferring files via wireless, 140Mbps should be fine since I doubt your internet speed is getting capped by your wireless speed.

  31. steve davis says:

    thanks for making this upgrade easy, I am trying to use the pptp vpn setting under settings and can’t get the details to save any idea why

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Not at this time, I plan on writing an article soon about optimizing your wireless signal. The basic things I always do are use WPA2 with AES encryption. Use 20mhz channel width and set the channel to 1, 6, or 11. If you only have wireless N devices, set it it Wireless N only otherwise just leave it on mixed. Another thing to do is download a free program called inSSIDer to find out which wireless channels are being used around you to help prevent using a congested wireless signal. So say your neighbor has a strong signal on channel 6 and another neighbor has a strong signal on channel 11 then you would go with channel 1. Most routers use channel 6 as the default so you will usually have better luck with 1 or 11.

  32. Randy says:

    I have a serial number starting with 115. Router purchased in India.
    The version is 1.8

    On the DD-WRT website I found 2 files for TL-WR1043ND:
    1. factory-to-ddwrt.bin
    2. tl-wr1043nd-webflash.bin

    If I get it correctly I need to do an initial flash with factory-to-ddwrt.bin and then also upgrade to tl-wr1043nd-webflash.bin or just the factory-to-ddwrt.bin flash is required?

    • Joey Iodice says:

      You will use factory-to-ddwrt.bin to go from your stock TP-Link firmware to DD-WRT.

      Webflash files are used to upgrade DD-WRT when DD-WRT is already installed on the router.

  33. steve davis says:

    With this firmware 18777. I can use the vpn but the wireless will not work on wireless n
    and will only work on mixed and will only connect at wirelessg 54 mbs

  34. rzepa10 says:

    Hi. First of all thanks for great work.
    My problem below.
    I instaled dd-wrt, i did 30/30/30 reset but stil im unable to get to my router via 192.168.1.1. Is there any other way to get back to life my router ? (PWR led is on, conected ethernet led is on, WAN led is blinking.)

    • rzepa10 says:

      Problem Solved :)
      192.168.1.1 adres to get inside my router was change. I use cmd -> ipconfig and i check that my new adres to router is 192.168.11.1 :)

      • Sonechka says:

        Hello rzepa and all other

        should I change address of router back to 192.168.1.1. or let it be 192.168.11.1 :) ?

        explanation:
        I have comlpetely same problem – although I did after every step 30/30/30, router disppeared. I didnot know what to do, I was very unhappy, I was thinking I might bricked it, fortunately I found this post and the router on 192.168.11.1

        I dont know if I should change internal router’s IP (according to instructions on web) or let it be. This is my only router I have at home (it is connected through WAN behind HUAWEI VDSL modem, I have just one appartment, I dont intend to install more routers)
        Could it ( I mean 11 instead of 1 in IP 192.168.11.1 ) cause some problems in future?

        Because during my (short) experience I realized that what is working should be left without changing anything even it is not according to instructions

        • Joey Iodice says:

          No, having it at 192.168.11.1 will not cause any problems. You just have to remember that is your router IP for when you want to change any settings. The 192.168.1.1 – 192.168.255.255 IP range is dedicated to just local ip addresses, they are not considered an Internet IP. So I have setup routers on 192.168.50.1, 192.168.100.1, etc. If you ever need to find out what your router’s ip address is, just open up a command prompt and type “ipconfig /all” and look for the gateway address (that is your router IP).

  35. sshanky says:

    Hi Joey, I installed the german firmware, then the factory-to-ddwrt.bin, and couldn’t connect after that with my lan cable. I almost gave up thinking i’d bricked it, but then noticed ddwrt in my wireless network dropdown. I am successfully logged into DDWRT, and it’s the 4/15/13 version (SVN revision 21286). However, I’m not sure how to reactivate the lan ports. I don’t really understand how they got turned off if I used the german version of the firmware… I also downloaded the firmware from the dd-wrt link you provided in another reply (ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2013/04-15-2013-r21286/tplink_tl-wr1043nd/) but didn’t end up using it, as the instructions stated to use the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file following the german one.

    Anyway, if you could provide any tips on what I should do next, I’d appreciate it.

    Thanks!

    • Joey Iodice says:

      I would start with a 30/30/30 reset on the router or since you can connect wirelessly, just do a factory reset. Also check your TCP/IP settings on your network adapter to make sure you are getting your settings from DHCP and that they are not manually set. If you have them manually set and your subnet changed then that is the most likely cause. You should probably give your computer a reboot to flush out any network settings. I have never seen the LAN ports stop working on a router, it is more likely your computer settings are wrong or you have a faulty network cable. If you are using Windows you can also pull up a command prompt and do an “ipconfig /release” command and then follow that up with an “ipconfig /renew” command.

  36. Doc. Ing. Vaclav Sykora, CSc. says:

    Thank you very much Joey Iodice for all you work on this detailed article and also for all your detailed comments on this topic.
    You helped us all a lot. Without your help we could not go through and overcome all problems with router and dd-wrt. You are very bright developer.
    We are very obliged to you.

  37. jam says:

    Hi!
    Thanks a lot. Everything worked fine with the build you recommend, but at the end, in “client Bridge (Routed)” mode (why “routed” ?), I could not get the connexion to the main router (the Internet box).
    My data link is :
    PC 192.168.1.150—ethernet cable—WR1043ND 192.168.1.4 —Wi-Fi— Internet box 192.168.1.1
    When I run status>wireless, I can succesfully join the Internet box, but the WR is not seen by the box. Very strange. At least, if I correctly understand “successfull join” I should see the WR in the Internet box. Or “join” has another meaning?
    Thanks for your help

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Yea not sure, I have not done much wireless bridging. You can go to the dd-wrt forums and get some answers. There is some good information on setting up wireless bridging in the dd-wrt wikis. I remember one time I tried upgrading the dd-wrt firmware on a wireless bridge I had setup and I could not get it to connect to the main router until I downgraded back to the previous firmware build. So you might have to try an older build maybe.

  38. Sonechka says:

    Hello Joey and all others !!!

    Thank you all for detailed instructions how to get dd-wrt on tp-link 1043 ;) !!

    should I regularly update my DD-wrt with “tl-wr1043nd-webflash.bin” from http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database :) ??
    now (12.5.2013) there is “V24 Pre SP2 [Beta] Build: 21061″, (your recomended build 19419 is not there anymore) , is it important to watch dd-wrt.com and update everytime we see there new build??

    I dont know whether it is better to have the newest build or whether it is bad because newest build is not tuned and harmonized enough (so maybe should I “downgrade” with some older build like 14280??

    I use the router in order to have VPN (AirVPN) connection. From this point of view, is it recommended to update “tl-wr1043nd-webflash.bin” regularly or not?

    thanks in advance for your answer

    • Joey Iodice says:

      DD-WRT’s website is not regularly updated so you usually have to go into their FTP site to find the newer builds. DD-WRT is open source so newer builds usually fix some problems but may break other things. The newest builds usually work fine for the basic router needs but a few things that get broken in newer builds are certain VPN setups and wireless bridging. So to answers your question, you do not need to update to a newer build unless your router is acting unstable or you need a feature that was fixed in a newer build.

  39. Habib says:

    Thanks for the article. I have followed it and installed dd wrt in my router. I can do everything but can not save the static ip provided by my isp. After putting ip, subnet, gateway, shop when I hit apply settings or save nothing happens. It does not get saved.

    Can you please help me figuring out the issue?

    Thanks.

      • Habib says:

        Thanks for replying so quick!

        After working in Chrome, I have tried with IE 10. Same problem :(
        Btw my router serial starts with 11B…

        • Joey Iodice says:

          When saving settings is not working then that is usually a browser problem. What happens is that the browser caches the login information for the router admin page. The problem is those credentials can change during firmware upgrades. So whenever you hit the save settings button, DD-WRT calls for those credentials which the browser has cached. The reason it is not working is that your browser has cached invalid credentials. A few things to try: 1. Clear your browser cache or try a different browser (IE 10 is just out of beta so it might have a bug) 2. Change the IP address of your router to 192.168.0.1 or just something different than default and then restart your computer so it will get a new IP on the new subnet and go to the new router IP and you should be able to save settings now since it will ask for a login. 3. Do a 30/30/30 reset and if that does not work try upgrading to a different build of DD-WRT.

  40. kim says:

    Hi
    First, this is a great tutorial.

    I just purchased this router and it has a serial number starting with 12. The firmware version is 3.13.12 Build 120405 Rel.33996n and hardware version is WR1043ND v1 00000000.

    So, what is the correct way to update it with DD-WRT without having the WAN problem? should I go with the same procedure starting with the German version, or this is already fixed by now?/

    waiting for your help

    thanks

    • Joey Iodice says:

      You will still need to install the German firmware file first. I doubt it is fixed, TP-Link firmware turns off the WAN port after a firmware update and only their firmware will turn it back on. The earlier versions of this router had a firmware version that did not do this but all newer firmware versions do. This German version is similar to the version found on the earlier models.

  41. Hutzu says:

    Hey,
    I`ve done everything that you said over there and after I done , the internet works like 30 sec and then is gone, I can’t even aces the router configuration nothing …I did the same as you did , I use the first file to get back that reverse thing, after that I used german one and then dd-wrt , and like I said it works like 30 sec and after that I can’t do anything no internet can’t even acces the router config

  42. serq says:

    This worked great. I had a lot of trouble with that WAN issue, but flashing back to factory then using that german version worked like a charm. The build uploaded 4.15.13 (April 15) is stable and works much better than the stock firmware. Thanks again!!!

    PS How did you ever figure out that WAN problem?

    • Joey Iodice says:

      It was buried in an OpenWRT wiki. It looks like TP-Link finally fixed the problem in their latest firmware versions so I will be updating this tutorial with that info soon.

  43. Perx says:

    Tried the straight no-downgrade path (No German firmware) with the r21286 firmware and it works fine, WAN port included!

  44. Hutzu says:

    Hi
    I Finally made it but I have a problem , sometimes I have some timeout like 3 4 and that make me dc from a game that I`m playing online or Skype some times …Do you know why or how can I fix this problem ? or does anyone know ?
    Thanks

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Did it do it with the stock firmware? It may be an issue with your Internet Connection. You can try a 30-30-30 reset or upgrading to a newer DD-WRT build.

  45. TERENCE CHENG says:

    MY PROBLEM IS NO CONNECTION THEN ABOUT 7 SEC. ITS CONNECTED TO INTERNET. SO HOW TO IMPROVE THIS SITUATION ?

  46. zuluforex says:

    Hi all I have to put the dd-wrt on my friend’s router (tp-link TL-WR1043ND (DE) there is written on the package ver 1.2

    the serial starts with 12Axxxxxxxx

    inside the interface currently in the part relating to the status indicated:

    FirmwareVersion:
    3.13.12 Build 120808 Rel.33996n
    Hardwareversion:
    WR1043ND v1 00000000

    type I proceed with the latest version of the “factory-to-ddwrt.bin” or do I have to do as I have seen on this blog, a possible update to a particular version of the German manufacturer’s firmware?

    thanks

    • Joey Iodice says:

      TP-Link fixed this problem in their newer firmware so just update to the latest TP-Link firmware and then use the factory-to-ddwrt.bin to upgrade to DD-WRT

  47. ignaciots says:

    Thanks Joey for your guide, I have a question…

    I have ver: 1.10 and S/N: 12CXXXXXXXX
    What are the recommended steps to get dd-wrt stable on this scenario?
    I’ve been surfing the web and some people have stated that the german firmware workaround does not work on 1.10 version.. on the other hand in the dd-wrt supported hardware website the 1.10 version shows with a “1.10 brick!” note

    Would a stock firmware update and after that a dd-wrt installation of the latest build work? perhaps I’ve been reading outdated posts…

    • Joey Iodice says:

      If you go from the firmware that came on your router directly to DD-WRT you will be fine. If you updated your factory firmware then you might have a firmware version like the 1.2 serial numbers come with which contain the WAN bug. TP-Link has fixed this in their newer firmware versions so for best results go to TP-Link and get the latest firmware, install that, do a 30-30-30 reset then install the DD-WRT firmware, do a 30-30-30 rest and you will be good.

  48. Peter S says:

    Hello need some help! Hopefully somebody can give me a positiv feedback. I have a german wr1043nd. On the sticker is written Ver. 1.2
    In the webinterface was something written wit V1.
    I tryied the tuturial like here written,
    I have a serial number beginning with 12, so i did first that with the german firmware file.
    After that the router resarted automaticly. Now in the webinterface are no system tools to carry on with the process. I dont know how i can flash now any firmware. What can i do?
    Is the router now ready for the waste box?
    Please help me!

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Make sure you do a 30/30/30 reset after. Sometimes the IP will change to 192.168.11.1 instead of 192.168.1.1 if you do not properly reset the NVRAM.

  49. Gerard says:

    What if your Serial Number starts with 13. I got a v1.11 of this router. Do I still have to do that German thing?

    • Joey Iodice says:

      12 serial numbers seemed to be the only ones affected due to having a certain firmware version factory loaded on the router (I will be updating the tutorial soon). To be safe, upgrade to the latest TP-Link firmware and then install DD-WRT.

  50. abdul says:

    Hey Joey, mine starts with s/n12, I followed your steps but after factory to flash firmware I can’t access the router whatsoever (192.168.1.1) wan is working, tried 30-30-30 to no avail.

    Please help!

  51. jeffrey says:

    Hi, Is there any solution for the same hardware but Malaysia copy?

    In malaysia we are using a ISP solution call unifi & also have iptv connection. if i change to dd-wrt i can’t my iptv. is there any step by step guild?

    Thank you
    jeffrey

  52. gheo says:

    Hello. This procedure will work on my TP-LINK router, model TL-WR1043ND, ver.1.10, SN start with 12….?
    On DD-wrt website, router database table, at this model ver.1.10 is write “ver.1.10 brick”

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Where are you seeing this? I just looked and I do not see it on the router database page or the supported devices wiki. I know certain versions of OpenWRT can brick V1.10 but I have not seen anything about DD-WRT.

  53. Lucian says:

    Hi, thanks for the article. It was helpful. I hope there won’t be anymore failures with the wireless connection now…
    Please tell me, should I think of updating the dd-wrt that I have installed on my tp link, then I just need to check on the same website where I downloaded the last dd-wrt(after the german file step), right?
    I mean I won’t need to reinstall german again or any other file of this file, is that correct? Thanks.

  54. gheo says:

    Few days ago, a week maybe, when I bought the router. I checked today. Forsooth, they had modified. Thank you for the answer.

  55. gheo says:

    I was installed DD-wrt. I follow the steps (german firmware – factory to ddwrt – webflash)
    without problems. It works, not slow network traffic (LAN, WAN, WIFI), not freeze, easy access to config interface.
    But, SYS led stay black (not light, not blink), WIFI led blink sometime, quick setup stay blank. Revert to factory firmware
    and wait for new versions of dd-wrt.

  56. Jim says:

    You are a life saver! Your instructions were perfect. I flashed to DD-WRT, but then decided to go back. Everything went perfectly. Thanks a million.

  57. David says:

    Hi Joey, I have 2012 version of DDWRT for this router, I grabbed the most recent one, any documented changes that I can read about? I only downloaded the Webflash and not factory to DDWRT. is it correct? Thanks

  58. peter says:

    i instaled DD-WRT to try to solve the issue that i sometimes loose internet connection.
    restarting the router, or disconnct/reconnect to the network solved the issue.
    I have the same issue with DD-WRT. I’m using a router provided by my ISP, and connected my wifi router to that.
    Should i set my DD-WRT as bridge/switch, and how do i do that?
    thank you

    peter

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Sounds like your ISP router might be the problem. You should either set your ISP router into bridge mode (essentially making it just a modem) or setup your DD-WRT router as an access point/switch and let the ISP router handle the DHCP leases, firewalling, etc.

      http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Access_Point

      Basically you just setup your DD-WRT router in the same subnet so if your ISP router is 192.168.1.1 then you would setup your DD-WRT router as 192.168.1.2 and then turn off DHCP and the firewall.

  59. Peter says:

    Hello Joey,

    I have version 1.9 of this router. With a serial starting with 12. Will these instructions work?

    • Joey Iodice says:

      This tutorial was to show you how to get around a bug in TP-Link firmware but they have fixed it since then so you should just update to the latest TP-Link firmware and then you can just install DD-WRT with the factory-to-ddwrt file.

  60. Ted says:

    For anyone who’s interested I did this last night. A few things to note:

    1. You don’t need to use the German firmware anymore, the WAN port will enable without it, provided you keep point (2) in mind.
    2. After you flash with DDWRT, pull all the cables from the router before doing a 30/30/30 reset. When I didn’t do this the router seemed to get confused with hosts on my LAN still holding onto IP’s and assigned itself 192.168.11.1, and no WAN. With all the cables pulled it correctly assigned itself 192.158.1.1 and a working WAN port.

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Thanks for the info. Certain routers with older firmware will still be affected but they can just upgrade to a newer TP-Link firmware and then do the DD-WRT install. I am working on an updated blog, I need to find out the exact range of firmware version that were affected.

      Never had the 192.168.11.1 problem but I have seen a few people post comments about it. I usually issue a telnet command though instead of dealing with reset buttons and pulling power cords.

  61. Hashaam says:

    i installed the latest version of dd-wrt from the database. there is no DLNA server option available in this one? is this a version issue?

  62. emamuthu says:

    I have problem with my routers. I have to restart my everyday after i have updated DD-WRT. i have DD-WRT v24-sp2 (07/24/13) std latest firmware. Just my wifi connection is getting lost everyday & need to reboot my routers to fix it. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Joey Iodice says:

      I would try an older build, the wifi drivers in the newer builds have been reported as not being as stable as older ones. Now that you already have DD-WRT installed, it is easy to change builds.

      • emamuthu says:

        Joey,
        Can you tell me which build is stable. I tried april 2013 & latest build from the ftp both had problem. Moreover whenever i tried to upgrade using webflash, screen becomes yellow & lose my wan port. I need to reset 30-30-30 & go back to factory firmware & come back to DD-WRT. Can you let me know how can i do it properly.

  63. Saurabh says:

    Hi Joey. I followed your instruction and have setup DD-WRT on my 1043ND router. One problem I encountered is that my modem is from TP-Link too and so my router and modem ended up having the same IP address. I struggled a lot till I figured it out. Can you also tell a bit about how to enable printer sharing after the above steps have been completed. The version installed is: Firmware: DD-WRT v24-sp2 (07/24/13) std. The guides on the internet tell me that I first have to enable JFFS through the web Interface in order to proceed with the steps of installing the printer. But I don’t think that option is there in my version of DD-WRT. I would finally also like to share my external hard disk too.

  64. troupier says:

    Hello, I’ve V1.10 + 12XXX S/N router and after installing german firmware and the last DD-WRT (V24 SP2 build 21061), I have no wifi at all (no led, no SSID, no wireless tab)

    It’s seems to write over the caldata. I’m searching a way to restore it. :p

    Beware with the V1.10 router.. :)

  65. peter says:

    thx Joey, system running fine now, no more issues.
    Just disabled the DHCP, and plugged the ISP router into one of the ports on my wireless router.

  66. vladimir says:

    Joey
    After the dd-wrt has been uploaded to the router 1043ND, there is no ddwrt-screen. The web browser can not connect to address 192.168.1.1. But internet is working and I see that ssid is F81A6751757A.
    So how can I connect to the router?

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Sounds like you did not do a proper 30-30-30 reset. If you are are running windows, open up a command prompt window and type ipconfig. This will give you the gateway IP which is your router IP. Sometimes if you don’t do a proper 30-30-30 reset the IP will change to 192.168.11.1 instead of 192.168.1.1

  67. Ibrar Sajid says:

    FIX for not getting WAN IP

    Hello, I just upgraded my firmware and and im replying right now.. so i ran into the problem where you don’t get WAN address.. i had tried everything including reverting to old firmware, i had another router and i couldn’t get internet on that as well… so after rebooting the modem on the old dlink router internet started working.. i then though why didn’t i reboot the modem when i was on the tplink router and on the dd-wrt firmware.. so i upgraded again, i wasn’t getting internet.. then i rebooted the router and the modem.. all is good.. so those of you who are having not getting internet after upgrading to dd-wrt firmware.. it’s just a simple modem reboot maybe.. for some reason the firmware doesn’t get the WAN IP address from modem and needs a reboot.. hope this is helpful for those who are not getting WAN IP

    • Joey Iodice says:

      Yes, some modems pair to the routers so they need to be rebooted after major router changes. The WAN problem I have described is much more than that, it actually disables the WAN port from functioning at all. Glad you got it fixed though.

  68. Ibrar Sajid says:

    USB Sharing for my 3TB UBS3.0 Seagate HHD works!!.. however it’s not going to work until you upgrade it to the latest kernal 3.xx instead of the 2.xx supported kernal.. i upgraded to the most latest kernal of July and it finally worked.. that was the main reason i wanted this firmware.. to use by 3TB Hdd over the network..

    tl-wr1043nd-webflash.bin binary 7.69 MB 2013-07-24

  69. Henk says:

    Hello Joey, my new router is V1.11 and has serialnumber that begins with 13…..
    Must i flash the special german firmware image before flashing to DD-WRT ?, or can i flash the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file immediately.

  70. Steve F. says:

    A word of warning, DD-WRT does not support large or ‘jumbo’ ethernet frames, which are supported by the TP-LINK hardware and stock TP-LINK firmware. This could give you a significant performance hit if LAN speed is important. In my case I benchmarked ftp’ing 2GB files from my PC to my Synology NAS at 80MBps (that’s Megabytes / sec) with stock firmware and jumbo frames and 31MBps with DD-WRT. Had to stick with the TP-link firmware, for most people it won’t be an issue, but if you move lots of large files around your network, it certainly will be an issue that jumbo frames are not supported. Other than that, DD-WRT works well.

      • Steve f. says:

        Yes, the command is accepted and returns to the command prompt without any message, but it does not change the MTU. Experimenting with smaller values (8K, 7K etc) makes no difference. DD-WRT simply does not support jumbo frames on this hardware. Tried a few different DD-WRT builds besides latest just to see if any build might, none do. All versions of TP-LINK factory firmware support it fine. A great pity as I’ve been using DD-WRT on many different routers since it was first released years ago, was keen to use it on my new TP-LINK but it certainly does cripple NAS access.

  71. Greg says:

    Very Nice Tutorial Joey! Thank You.
    I noticed that you provided a link to revert back to “TP-Link Firmware”.

    My Question:
    Can we use the firmware that comes directly from the TP-Link Site itself since it is also a *.bin file, or do we HAVE to use the one you provided above, and then upgrade to the latest TP-Link Firmware from there?

    Here is the link I have to the latest firmware that I am using currently on my TP-Link Router:
    http://www.tp-link.com/ca/support/download/?model=TL-WR1043ND&version=V1

    It is the one labelled: TL-WR1043ND_v1_130428
    with a Published Date of: 4/28/2013

    Again, Really awesome tutorial. Thank You.

  72. adam says:

    Do i need to have the TP link connected to both my modem and computer at the same time when I am doing this and the username and password doesnt work.

  73. Michael says:

    Hi there
    Am curious if this will support “multiple console’ mode, I have seen this feature in another routers running ddwrt firmware. I believe it opens the nat or relaxes the rules for certain ports ? Essentially, I am trying to run 2 Xbox 360′s wireless, and am receiving the “Limited connectivity” dialogue.

    Thanks, great site !

    • Rob says:

      Michael to get 2 x xbox etc running properly log into router, click NAT/QOS, click UPnP, enable UPnp service, apply and save….

  74. Antonio says:

    Hi Joey,

    I am thinking to revert my TL1043ND v1 back to stock firmware. The main reason is that three phones does not work with Wireless-N on dd-wrt and they did work with tplink stock-firmware. Should I use that one you posted (http://joeyiodice.com/files/tl-wr1043nd_v1-webrevert.bin) or there is newer version available?

    In this folder:
    ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2013/07-24-2013-r22118/tplink_tl-wr1043nd/

    we have two files:
    (1)factory-to-ddwrt.bin
    (2)tl-wr1043nd-webflash.bin

    I understand that (1) is for the first dd-wrt flash. What about (2)? Is it to a upgrade from earlier version? In another words, DDWRT do not offer the “back-to-stock-firmware.bin” ?

    thanks!

    • Crow550 says:

      I have a VOIP phone too.

      Click the Administration tab then scroll down to IP Filter Settings (adjust these for P2P)

      For TCP Congestion Control select Westwood. Now make sure the 3 settings below are set to there default settings on the right. ( Maximum Ports: 32768 , TCP Timeout (in seconds): 3600 , UDP Timeout (in seconds): 120 )

      Click on Apply Settings and then Reboot Router.

      Should work like a charm. No need for QoS.

      Give it a whirl. Improved my VOIP performance.

    • Crow550 says:

      Maybe your phones are Wireless G and it’s set to Wireless N only?

      Try going to the Wireless Tab and under Wireless Network Mode select NG-Mixed.

      Could also be your Wireless Security key too. Either those phones do not support WPA2 or your key is too long. Some devices do not like long security keys.

      Also make sure to set the TCP Congestion to Westwood like I suggested in the previous comment. Will make everything in your network snappier.

      Good luck!

  75. James says:

    Joey. Thanks for posting this tutorial. I have been using ddwrt 14896 since 1-2 years now. However, in the last 5 months or so, I have had to schedule the router to reboot itself as the wifi just craps out. Despite a schedule auto reboot at 4am, it still craps out.

    I’m thinking may be to upgrade to a newer build (next build up) but I’m not sure that’ll solve my problem or perhaps make it even worse (new issue). I did a reset today from the web interface and will see how it works for the next few days.

    What do u recommend? I know u are using an older build from ur post which seem to be stable. You also mentioned that u don’t this router any longer. What’s your take on this?

  76. aldis says:

    Hi,
    I just installed DD-WRT r22118 (2013.07.24 – latest currently available) on my TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND v1.11 with serial starting 13 (S/N: 13xxxxxx) and latest TP-LINK FW (v3.13.13 Build 130428 Rel.58290n).
    My steps where: 30-30-30; flashed factory-to-ddwrt.bin; 30-30-30.
    For now it works like a charm for whole day. Also WAN worked without any extra reflashing or configuration. Hope it will do the same in the future.

  77. John M says:

    I cant figure out what is wrong with my install, i put the German version in first, and that went fine, went back to put in the dd-wrt firm and that went fine, bu the router went to reboot but never came back to the dd-wrt set up page. I tried a 30 30 30 rest twice and still cant get into the router at 192.168.1.1 though my pc shows im hooked to a network I cant get into the router. Any suggestions? Thanks John M

  78. John M says:

    I just figured out that after the firmware upgrade it had made the IP address of the router 192.168.11.1 so once i figured that out, I was able to get in to the setup. I have everything and seems to work, wan light is lit but no internet. I changed IP to 198.168.1.1 thinking maybe that would make a difference, but did not, still no internet. Should I start the process over, or is there something that Im missing? Thanks

  79. Janaki says:

    Hi Joey,
    I see the below in my Routers home page:
    Firmware Version: 3.13.4 Build 120926 Rel.40760n
    Hardware Version: WR1043ND v1 00000000
    My Router Serial number at the back of the Router is 10xxx.
    Should I need to go thru the German firmware to protect my WAN link? Also, I had upgraded the firmware from the TP-link website. Looks like that could have upped the build no.

    Thanks

  80. Antonio says:

    For anyone interested, I wen to this website:
    Files for reverting from DD-WRT to STOCK FIRMWARE
    http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=85237

    And I downloaded the .bin “Revert file for TP-Link WR1043N/ND v1″. I went to my DD-WRT routers administration TAB and acessed the option “upgrade firmware”. I then used the file downloaded above and clicked OK.

    After the reboot, my TP-LINK WR1043ND was reverted back to STOCK. No problems at all! I did not have to perform factory reset.

    Then, as a last step, I went to the TP-LINK website:

    http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/download/?model=TL-WR1043ND&version=V1#tbl_j

    And upgraded to the most recent official TP-LINK firmware: TL-WR1043ND_v1_130428

    thanks,

  81. Boaz says:

    I have a 1043nd v2.1 router. When I tried to upgrade to factory-to-ddwrt I got error 18005. Any way to overcome it? Is there a newer release of the flash to ddwrt binary file?

  82. Boaz says:

    I am trying to convert 1043ND v2.1 to dd-wrt, but I get an file error when I try to load the factory-to-wrt.bin file. Error 18005. I have tried to rename the file to the same format name as TP-Link yet no such luck.
    Joey – Have you tried to convert a v2.x 1043ND to dd-wrt?

  83. Magnus says:

    I started by installing the german firmware (wr1043nv1_de_3_9_17_up_boot(100331).bin) and got that working alright but after installing DD-WRT from (openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tl-wr1043nd-v1-squashfs-factory.bin) the router just died.I can´t put it into failsafe mode, there is no quick flashing of LEDs after pressing QSS, the LEDs just flash twice and nothing happens. I have tried both telnet and ethernet, via eth0 with IP 192.168.1.1 but there is no response.

    Any ideas?

  84. etis says:

    Thank you very much! Great tutorial, saved me a lot of time and work. I read posts on the dd-wrt for hours and couldn’t find a single post saying this would work on a v1.1 with a serial starting with 13.
    I just finished the setup and it works flawlessly. Thanks!

    • Kevin C says:

      Did you have to flash the German firmware first? I’ve got a V1.11 with SN 13…., and I’m not sure if I’ll need to do that extra step or not.

      • Kevin C says:

        I got impatient and went ahead and did the install. I went straight from the factory installed firmware to dd-wrt by flashing factory-to-ddwrt.bin. Initially it didn’t seem to be getting a WAN IP, so I flashed tl-wr1043nd-webflash.bin I’m not sure if this step was necessary or not, but after flashing that it got a WAN IP and seems to be working perfectly.

        Again, that’s HW V1.11 with a SN starting with 13, and I installed DD-WRT 02-04-2014-r23503.

        • Joey Iodice says:

          I am actually working on updating this tutorial since it seems that TP-Link finally fixed the bug in their software so I just have to narrow down which firmware version it was fixed in and what HW versions it works on. I think if the TP-Link firmware is relatively new, you can just do the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file and then a 30-30-30 reset and be good. I think by you flashing the webflash.bin file also, it did a factory reset which probably is why it got the WAN working.

  85. jairper2011@gmail.com says:

    buenos dias, soy de venezuela y quisiera saber si el router tl-WR1043ND, es compatible con moden 3g dado que lo compre pensando que como tenia conexion USB, podria conectar mi internet por esa via. ( poseo Internet A traves de pendriver Movistar) agradezco el apoyo q me puedan brindar.

  86. When I flashed my 1043ND, the upgrade went fine, but I couldn’t find the router. I discovered that although the TP-link firmware set the router at 192.168.1.1, the DD-WRT firmware put the router at 192.168.11.1 – so don’t think your router is bricked if you can’t find it.

  87. Bart says:

    Hello, Thanks for this tutorial, it helped me a lot. Do you know if Radio Time Restrictions works for TP-LINK ?

  88. wongjunjin says:

    You may have heard this many times, but I swear mine is different!! I’ve followed your steps and installed DD-WRT. I’m using ver 1.11 SN 13x. But I cant seem to go online. I’m not getting any WAN IP. (my WAN port has light so I don’t think the german firmware will help). Anybody solved this problem? I bought this wr1043 for DDWRT and now it doesn’t seem to work.

  89. wongjunjin says:

    Hi. Not sure why my comment did not appear. I’ll re-write.

    I have a problem. Using WR1043ND ver 1.11 with serial 13x, when I load DDWRT into it, WAP IP remains 0.0.0.0. I’ve done everything from 30/30/30 reset to the german firmware. Nothing works.

    here are some other findings:
    1) my SYS led does not light up when in DDWRT
    2) i cannot telnet into my DDWRT

    Please help

  90. wongjunjin says:

    Hi, this is my 3rd time writing. Not sure why it keeps disconnecting.

    I cant seem to get my WR1043ND ver 1.11 serial 13x to work with DDWRT. The WAN IP just remains 0.0.0.0. I’ve tried all from 30/30/30 to german firmware install.

    Here are some other findings:

    1) SYS led does not light when in DDWRT. It blinks in stock firmware
    2) I cannot telnet / ssh into my DDWRT.

    Can anybody please help??

  91. Onesiforus says:

    How about changing other TP-LINK wireless router firmware from orginal tp-link firmware to DD-WRT based type firmware..for example, TD-W8961ND? I do really need your help buddy.Thanks!

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