How to Update Router Firmware

Notice:
1 )Some models have multiple hardware versions.Please verify the hardware version of your device.It can only upgrade firmware for the same hardware version.Wrong firmware upgrading may damage your device and avoid the warranty.
For how to check the hardware version of the device please click here.
For example,if you have a TL-WR841N Ver 5.2,that means its hardware version is Version 5.You can only check its available firmware versions under TL-WR841N V5.
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) Internet Explorer(IE) is recommended to upgrade the firmware.
Step 1
Download the latest firmware version for your device,then use unzip tools such as WinZIP or WinRAR to extract the firmware file to a folder.
The 6 digits in the firmware means the published date.
Step 2
Login to the TP-LINK router’s web management page.
Step 3
It is suggested to back up your current Settings before the upgrade,because firmware update will clear all the settings on the router.Click System Tools-Backup&Restore,save the current settings to a location.
Step 4
Click on System Tools-Firmware Upgrade( or Firmware)click on Browse to find the extracted firmware.
Step 5 Click the Upgrade button. The device will reboot automatically after the
               upgrading has been finished. Please wait about 3 minutes.
Step 6 Click Status, check if the router’s firmware has been upgraded( here take TL-WR841N as an example).
 
Step 7 It is recommended to restore the device to factory default to make sure the new usage takes effect; ClickSystem Tools->Factory Defaults,Click RestoreButton.
 
Step 8 After the factory defaults, please reconfigure the router from scratch or restore the settings from the saved back up file.
Note:
Please pay attention to the Notes of the firmware you downloaded.Some firmwares can not use the back up file of older firmwares.If so,please reconfigure the router manually,not through the back up file from the previous firmware.

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