Alcatel HH40V

It is possible to install OpenWrt from the web interface without opening the device. This requires some manual work, but has proven to work fine.

What you will need:

Steps to install OpenWrt:

  1. Take a configuration backup of your HH40V and save it as “configure.bin”
  2. Run the script: python configure.bin
  3. Restore the configuration using the newly created file “configure.bin_mod.bin”

This enables access to SSH on the HH40V. The installation now continues via SSH/SCP.

  1. Reboot and log in via SSH - User “root”, password “oelinux123”
  2. Transfer the OpenWrt -factory.bin image to the router: scp -O -o HostKeyAlgorithms=ssh-rsa -o KexAlgorithms=diffie-hellman-group1-sha1 -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null openwrt-ath79-generic-alcatel_hh40v-squashfs-factory.bin root@
  3. Transfer the following script named “” to the router: scp -O -o HostKeyAlgorithms=ssh-rsa -o KexAlgorithms=diffie-hellman-group1-sha1 -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null root@
  4. On the router, make the file executable: chmod +x /tmp/
  5. Run the script with the new firmware to install as parameter: /tmp/ /tmp/openwrt-ath79-generic-alcatel_hh40v-squashfs-factory.bin
  6. Wait for the router to upgrade and to boot into OpenWrt

Contents of /tmp/

if [ ! -e ${IMAGE_NAME} ]; then
  echo "Image file not found: ${IMAGE_NAME}"
  exit 1                
. /lib/upgrade/
fw_setenv bootcmd "bootm 0x9f150000"
kill_remaining TERM              
sleep 3                          
kill_remaining KILL              
run_ramfs mtd write ${IMAGE_NAME} firmware
sleep 2
reboot -f

To restore stock, you need a system image. Unfortunately, you can't backup without disassembling and soldering serial headers. However, a firmware upgrade can be downloaded from Look for the file Firmware/DownloadImage/uprade_hh40v_all.tar.gz. Inside, you will find the file “sysupgrade/firmware-system.bin”. This firmware-system.bin can be installed via TFTP recovery. The TFTP recovery also resets any U-Boot variables so it will boot normally.

  1. Power off the device
  2. Put firwmare-system.bin to your TFTP server
  3. Configure a static IP of
  4. Hold the buttons “Power” and “WPS” and plug back the power
  5. Keep holding for about 10 seconds, until U-Boot has booted
  6. Once transfer is completed, the system starts flashing, this takes some time
  7. Ultimately, you are back to stock

port.serial general information about the serial port, serial port cable, etc.

How to connect to the Serial Port of this specific device:
Insert photo of PCB with markings for serial port

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