TP-Link Archer A5 v5

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Archer A5 v5 is hardware identical to C50 v5 Archer C50 acc. FCC documentation.

The A5 is a AC1200 dual band wireless router with 100M ethernet ports. There are two external aerials and two internal aerials.

Generic Router

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ModelVersionSoCCPU MHzFlash MBRAM MBWLAN HardwareWLAN2.4WLAN5.0100M portsGbit portsModemUSB
Archer A5v5MediaTek MT7628A580864MediaTek MT7612E, MediaTek MT7628Ab/g/na/n/ac5---

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This section deals with

  • How you install OpenWrt from a device freshly opened
  • The steps required such as reset to factory defaults if the device has already been configured

Note: Reset router to factory defaults if it has been previously configured.

  • Browse to http://192.168.1.1/Upgrade.asp
  • Upload .bin file to router
  • Wait for it to reboot
  • Telnet to 192.168.1.1 and set a root password, or browse to http://192.168.1.1 if LuCI is installed.

Specific values needed for tftp

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Firmware tftp image Latest OpenWrt release (NOTE: Name must contain “tftp”)
TFTP transfer window FILL-IN seconds
TFTP window start approximately FILL-IN seconds after power on
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generic.sysupgrade

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  • Browse to http://192.168.1.1/cgi-bin/luci/mini/system/upgrade/ LuCI Upgrade URL
  • Upload image file for sysupgrade to LuCI
  • Wait for reboot

If you don't have a GUI (LuCI) available, you can alternatively upgrade via the command line. There are two command line methods for upgrading:

  • sysupgrade
  • mtd

Note: It is important that you put the firmware image into the ramdisk (/tmp) before you start flashing.

sysupgrade

  • Login as root via SSH on 192.168.1.1, then enter the following commands:
cd /tmp
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/XXX/xxx.abc
sysupgrade /tmp/xxx.abc

mtd

If sysupgrade does not support this router, use mtd.

  • Login as root via SSH on 192.168.1.1, then enter the following commands:
cd /tmp
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/XXX/xxx.abc
mtd write /tmp/xxx.abc linux && reboot

Basic configuration After flashing, proceed with this.
Set up your Internet connection, configure wireless, configure USB port, etc.

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The default network configuration is:

Interface Name Description Default configuration
br-lan EXAMPLE LAN & WiFi EXAMPLE 192.168.1.1/24
vlan0 (eth0.0) EXAMPLE LAN ports (1 to 4) EXAMPLE None
vlan1 (eth0.1) EXAMPLE WAN port EXAMPLE DHCP
wl0 EXAMPLE WiFi EXAMPLE Disabled

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Numbers 0-3 are Ports 1-4 as labeled on the unit, number 4 is the Internet (WAN) on the unit, 5 is the internal connection to the router itself. Don't be fooled: Port 1 on the unit is number 3 when configuring VLANs. vlan0 = eth0.0, vlan1 = eth0.1 and so on.

Port Switch port
Internet (WAN) EXAMPLE 4
LAN 1 EXAMPLE 3
LAN 2 EXAMPLE 2
LAN 3 EXAMPLE 1
LAN 4 EXAMPLE 0

hardware.button on howto use and configure the hardware button(s). Here, we merely name the buttons, so we can use them in the above Howto.

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The TP-Link Archer A5 has the following buttons:

BUTTON Event
EXAMPLE Reset reset
EXAMPLE Secure Easy Setup ses
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General
Brand TP-Link
Model Archer A5
Versions v5
Device Type WiFi Router
Availability Available 2020
Comments - general Archer A5 is hardwarewise identical to Archer C50 acc. FCC documentation. Do NOT install squashfs-sysupgrade image via TPlink web UI or TFTP. It will brick router!
OpenWrt Support
Supported Since Commit http://¿
Supported Since Release 19.07.0
Supported Current Release 21.02.1
Unsupported
Hardware
Bootloader U-Boot
Target ramips
System-On-Chip MediaTek MT7628A
CPU MHz 580
Flash MB 8
RAM MB 64
Network
Ethernet 100M ports 5
Ethernet Gbit ports -
Switch MediaTek MT7628A
Modem -
VLAN Yes
Comments - network ports
Wireless
WLAN 2.4GHz b/g/n
WLAN 5.0GHz a/n/ac
WLAN Hardware MediaTek MT7612E, MediaTek MT7628A
Detachable Antennas -
Comments - WLAN
Interfaces
USB ports -
SATA ports -
Serial ¿
JTAG ¿
Comments - USB & SATA ports
Misc
LED count ¿
Button count ¿
Power supply 12 VDC, 1.0 A
Links
Forum Topic URL
WikiDevi URL https://wikidevi.wi-cat.ru/TP-LINK_Archer_A5_v5.x
OEM device homepage URL https://www.tp-link.com/en/home-networking/wifi-router/archer-a5/
Firmware OEM Stock URL https://www.tp-link.com/en/support/download/archer-a5/
Firmware OpenWrt Install URL
Firmware OpenWrt Upgrade URL https://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/21.02.1/targets/ramips/mt76x8/openwrt-21.02.1-ramips-mt76x8-tplink_archer-c50-v4-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin
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Front:
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Back:
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Backside label:
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Main PCB:
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port.serial general information about the serial port, serial port cable, etc.

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Serial connection parameters
for TP-Link Archer A5 v5
EXAMPLE 115200, 8N1

port.jtag general information about the JTAG port, JTAG cable, etc.

How to connect to the JTAG Port of this specific device:
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COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG WITH THE ORIGINAL FIRMWARE


COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG ONCE OPENWRT IS INSTALLED AND RUNNING


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