TP-Link TL-WA730RE

This device is NOT RECOMMENDED for future use with OpenWrt due to low flash/ram.
DO NOT BUY DEVICES WITH 4MB FLASH / 32MB RAM if you intend to flash an up-to-date and secure OpenWrt version onto it! See 4/32 warning for details.

1) This device does not have sufficient resources (flash and/or RAM) to provide secure and reliable operation.
This means that even setting a password or changing simple network settings might not be possible any more, rendering the device effectively useless. See OpenWrt on 4/32 devices what you can do now.

2) OpenWrt support for this device has ended in 2022.
19.07.10 was the last official build for 4/32 devices.

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This section describes actions that might damage your device or firmware. Proceed with care!

  • Download with PC -factory.bin as shown above and rename it to openwrt.bin.
  • On a device with an OEM firmware, open the configuration utility (default and select “System Tools”, “Firmware Upgrade”, “Browse” to select openwrt.bin, “Upgrade”. Similar to original firmware upgrade instructions from user guide and FAQ (

firmware upgrade

  • On the following window select “OK”.


  • After the automatic reboot (takes a few minutes) and configuring your PC IP address manually (between and, OpenWrt LuCI is reachable via with defaults. See First Login for more details.

This section describes actions that might damage your device or firmware. Proceed with care!

LuCI procedure

  • On PC log in to the LuCI web interface of device (default
  • Select “System”, “Backup / Flash Firmware”, at “Image” use “Browse” to select firmware file “tplink.bin”, “Flash image...”.

flash new firmware

  • LuCI shows MD5 checksum of the file and select “Proceed”.


SSH/terminal procedure

  • Upload the renamed firmware image tplink.bin from your PC to the device /tmp folder with for example WinSCP.
  • Revert back to original firmware by using sysupgrade in terminal:
sysupgrade /tmp/tplink.bin
  • After using the LuCI or SSH/terminal procedure, there is an automatic reboot (takes a few minutes). By configuring your PC IP address manually (between and, the device configuration utility is reachable via with factory defaults. Information can also be found in the original manuals and FAQs (

There is a hidden debug shell with root privilege in the OEM firmware (TL-WA730RE_V1_100921).

  • Link: default
  • User: osteam
  • Password: 5up

debug shell


The bootloader is uboot with enabled ethernet network device. To access uboot console type quickly tpl if you see Autobooting in 1 seconds.

uboot + tftp

You can do recovery using uboot and tftp. Prepare a tftp server at containing openwrt-15.05.1-ar71xx-generic-tl-wa730rev1-squashfs-factory.bin.

erase 0x9f020000 +0x3c0000
tftpboot 0x81000000 openwrt-15.05.1-ar71xx-generic-tl-wa730rev1-squashfs-factory.bin
cp.b 0x81000000 0x9f020000 0x3c0000
bootm 0x9f020000
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