TP-Link RE500 v1

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Generic Router

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Upload openwrt-ramips-mt7621-tplink_re500-v1-squashfs-factory.bin from the RE500 web interface.

Specific values needed for tftp

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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

Unfortunately, I can't find an easy way to recover the RE500 without opening the device and using modified binaries. The TFTP upload will only work if selected from u-boot, which means you have to open the device and attach to the serial console. The TFTP update procedure does *not* accept the published vendor firmware binaries. However, it allows to flash kernel + rootfs binaries, and this works if you have a backup of the original contents of the flash. It's probably possible to create special image out of the vendor binaries and use that as recovery image.

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 RE500 has the following buttons:

BUTTON Event
EXAMPLE Reset reset
EXAMPLE Secure Easy Setup ses
EXAMPLE No buttons at all. -
General
Brand TP-Link
Model RE500
Versions v1
Device Type Range Extender
Availability Discontinued
Comments - general
OpenWrt Support
Supported Since Commit https://git.openwrt.org/?p=openwrt/openwrt.git;a=commit;h=ba0f4f0cfddc6f1152273565ec35f2a0bda1e95d
Supported Since Release
Supported Current Release snapshot
Unsupported
Hardware
Bootloader U-Boot
Target ramips
System-On-Chip
CPU MHz 880
Flash MB 16
RAM MB 128
Network
Ethernet 100M ports -
Ethernet Gbit ports 1
Switch -
Modem -
VLAN ¿
Comments - network ports
Wireless
WLAN 2.4GHz b/g/n
WLAN 5.0GHz a/n/ac
WLAN Hardware
Detachable Antennas -
Comments - WLAN MediaTek MT7615E
Interfaces
USB ports -
SATA ports -
Serial Yes
JTAG ¿
Comments - USB & SATA ports
Misc
LED count 7
Button count 3
Power supply 100-240 VAC, 0.4 A
Links
Forum Topic URL
WikiDevi URL https://wikidevi.wi-cat.ru/TP-LINK_RE500_v1.x
OEM device homepage URL https://www.tp-link.com/en/home-networking/range-extender/re500/
Firmware OEM Stock URL https://www.tp-link.com/en/support/download/re500/v1/
Firmware OpenWrt Install URL
Firmware OpenWrt Upgrade URL
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Front:
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Back:
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Backside label:
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  • To remove the cover and open the device, do a/b/c

Main PCB:
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port.serial general information about the serial port, serial port cable, etc.

How to connect to the Serial Port of this specific device:
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Serial connection parameters
for TP-Link RE500 v1
57600, 8N1

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

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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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  • Last modified: 2020/07/07 10:00
  • by tmomas