TP-Link Archer VR2600 v1

Wireless-AC router based on QCA IPQ8064 with 16MB flash and 512MB RAM. Also sporting xDSL support with BCM63168 SOC . Virtually identical to VR2600v but without the additional DSP for VoIP POTS interface and DECT.

Archer VR2600

None at this time.

ModelVersionSoCCPU MHzFlash MBRAM MBWLAN HardwareWLAN2.4WLAN5.0100M portsGbit portsModemUSB
Archer VR2600v1Qualcomm IPQ8064140016512¿b/g/na/n/ac5VDSL22x 3.0

Install OpenWrt

  1. Establish serial connection to device (see below)
  2. Interrupt boot process of bootloader by pressing any key
  3. Setup IP addresses of board and TFTP server (replace IPs with your own)
    (IPQ) # setenv ipaddr 10.42.21.50
    (IPQ) # setenv serverip 10.42.21.200
  4. Disable autoboot and probe for the serial flash
    (IPQ) # setenv autoboot false
    (IPQ) # sf probe
  5. Transfer the image from TFTP to the RAM. Replace filename to match your image. Note the transferred length (0x4c0aa bytes in this case)
    (IPQ) # tftpboot 0x44000000 sysupgrade.bin
    Using eth0 device
    TFTP from server 10.42.21.200; our IP address is 10.42.21.50
    Filename 'sysupgrade.bin'.
    Load address: 0x44000000
    Loading: #################################################################
    	 #################################################################
    	 #################################################################
    	 #################################################################
    	 #################################################################
    	 ###############
    done
    Bytes transferred = 4980906 (4c00aa hex)
  6. Erase the flash area with the kernel image and rootfs. Write the new image from RAM to flash. Change the size to the noted value from previous step. Those commands need some time executing.
    (IPQ) # sf erase 0x320000 0xc60000
    (IPQ) # sf write 0x44000000 0x320000 0x4c00aa
  7. Reboot to OpenWRT. The next update can be done by sysupgrade

FIXME Find out flash layout, then add the flash layout table here (copy, paste, modify the example).

Please check out the article Flash layout. It contains examples and explanations that describe how to document the flash layout.

  • 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. The command line method for upgrading is:

  • sysupgrade

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

generic.debrick This device (or at least the EU model) has just one known firmware version, which does not appear to enable TFTP during boot, and therefore TFTP recovery is not possible. Recovery is likely only possible via serial or JTAG.

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

The default network configuration is:

Interface Name Description Default configuration
br-lan LAN & WiFi 192.168.1.1/24
vlan1 (eth0) LAN ports (1 to 4) None
vlan2 (eth1) WAN port DHCP
wlan0 WiFi 5GHz Disabled
wlan1 WiFi 2.4GHz Disabled

Numbers 4-1 are Ports 1-4 as labeled on the unit, number 5 is the Internet (WAN) on the unit, 0 and 6 is the internal connection to the router itself. Don't be fooled: Port 1 on the unit is number 4 when configuring VLANs. vlan0 = eth0.0, vlan1 = eth0.1 and so on.

Port Switch port
Internet (WAN) 5
LAN 1 4
LAN 2 3
LAN 3 2
LAN 4 1
GMII 0 (marked as CPU) Switch0 CPU Port eth0
6 Switch0 CPU Port eth1

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.

The TP-Link Archer VR2600 has the following buttons:

BUTTON Event
Reset reboot/reset
WPS -
5G WiFi On/Off rfkill(?)
2.4G WiFi On/Off rfkill(?)
LED On/Off -
General
Brand TP-Link
Model Archer VR2600
Versions v1
Device Type WiFi Router
Availability Discontinued 2017
Comments - general Hardware seems identical to VR2600v without the POTS/DECT ports.
OpenWrt Support
Supported Since Commit http://¿
Supported Since Release 17.01.1
Supported Current Release 19.07.7
Unsupported
Hardware
Bootloader U-Boot
Target ipq806x
System-On-Chip Qualcomm IPQ8064
CPU MHz 1400
Flash MB 16
RAM MB 512
Network
Ethernet 100M ports
Ethernet Gbit ports 5
Switch Atheros AR8337 rev 2
Modem VDSL2
VLAN Yes
Comments - network ports
Wireless
WLAN 2.4GHz b/g/n
WLAN 5.0GHz a/n/ac
WLAN Hardware ¿
Detachable Antennas 4
Comments - WLAN MU-MIMO
Interfaces
USB ports 2x 3.0
SATA ports -
Serial Yes
JTAG ¿
Comments - USB & SATA ports
Misc
LED count 8
Button count 4
Power supply 12 VDC, 3.3 A
Links
Forum Topic URL
WikiDevi URL
OEM device homepage URL https://www.tp-link.com/uk/service-provider/dsl-router/archer-vr2600/
Firmware OEM Stock URL https://www.tp-link.com/uk/support/download/archer-vr2600/#Firmware
Firmware OpenWrt Install URL
Firmware OpenWrt Upgrade URL http://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/19.07.7/targets/ipq806x/generic/openwrt-19.07.7-ipq806x-generic-tplink_vr2600v-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin
Edit the underlying data View/Edit data

Front:
Insert photo of front of the casing

Back:
Insert photo of back of the casing

Backside label:
Insert photo of backside label

https://forum.openwrt.org/t/tp-link-archer-vr2600-installation/48081/5

Note: This will void your warranty!

FIXME Describe what needs to be done to open the device, e.g. remove rubber feet, adhesive labels, screws, …

  • To remove the cover and open the device, do a/b/c

Main PCB:
Insert photo of PCB

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

https://forum.openwrt.org/uploads/default/original/2X/c/c4663cf41d2ec9266ad840150a6679f9952e7511.jpg

Serial connection parameters
for TP-Link Archer VR2600 v1
115200, 8N1

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

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

None so far.

COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG WITH THE ORIGINAL FIRMWARE


COPY HERE THE BOOTLOG ONCE OPENWRT IS INSTALLED AND RUNNING


FIXME Add tags below, then remove this fixme.

How to add tags

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