In this tutorial, learn how to upgrade the firmware version of TP-Link Wireless Router.
1) Some models have multiple hardware versions. So, you need to verify the hardware version of your device. When upgrading use only firmware for the same hardware version. Wrong firmware upgrading may damage your device and void the warranty.
Go this source to check the hardware version of your device.
For example, if you have an Archer C7 version 4, you would select version 4. Please find out the correct hardware version and read the important note before the upgrade.
2) Do NOT upgrade the firmware via wireless connection.
3) Do NOT turn off the power or cut down the Ethernet cable during upgrade process.
4) Please pay attention to the Notes of the firmware you downloaded. In some cases new firmware cannot support a backup file of the older firmware. If this is the case, you will need to reconfigure the router manually.
How to Upgrade the firmware version of TP-Link Wireless Router
Step 1. Go to this page to download the latest firmware version for your device.
Navigate to download center for your Region on the TP-Link page. Then, choose the appropriate drop downs for your TP-Link product. Select the corresponding hardware version, click on Firmware.
The 6 digits in the firmware means the published date.
Step 2. Extract/unzip the Firmware from the downloaded .ZIP file
Step 3. Login to the TP-Link router’s web management page.
- Open your browser, type “192.168.1.1” in the address bar and press Enter.
- In the login screen, enter Username and Password (admin/admin)
- If you receive the “server error -401” message, it means that you have entered the wrong username or password, then you must reset TP-Link router to factory defaults.
Step 4. Click on Firmware (or System Tools-Firmware Upgrade); click on Choose File/Browse to look for the extracted firmware file and click open.
Step 5. Click the Upgrade button. After the upgrade has been finished, the device will reboot automatically.
Step 6. Click Status, check if the router’s firmware has been upgraded
Step 7. Some firmware updates will restore your router to factory settings. If this is the case run the Quick Setup Wizard to reconfigure your TP-Link router.
Check this video for more help:
That’s about it.