I recently got the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 router and wanted more functionalities on the web interface. To achieve what I wanted, I decided to upgrade the router’s firmware using DD-WRT, a Linux based Open Source firmware that works for a couple of WLAN routers and embedded systems.
After doing the firmware upgrade which was successful, I restarted the router and that was it, dead. The only LED indicator that came up was the power Indicator, the rest refused to come up. I went online for solutions, a couple of search result revealed that the router has been damaged, and advised to get a new one.
I deep searched some more and found a solution which I followed that worked after trying it several times and discovered some steps that were omitted to successfully get the router fixed.
Follow the steps below to successfully fix your bricked TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 router.
STEP 1: Power off the router.
STEP 2: Download the latest firmware for the router from the TP-Link Website. Select your router model from the list. Home > Routers > Wi-Fi Routers.
STEP 3: Extract the firmware BIN file from the download ZIP archive. Rename the BIN file to ArcherC7v2_tp_recovery.bin and keep in a folder.
STEP 4: Download and install the latest version of the TFTP server. If it asks for firewall permissions, you should grant it for it to work.
STEP 5: Open Network settings in the Windows control panel. Change the Ethernet network adapter properties (the network adapter that is wired to your WiFi router) and set the static IP address to 192.168.0.66, subnet mask to 255.255.255.0 and default gateway to 192.168.0.1. Save the settings.
STEP 5(B): Disable the WI-FI adapter and any other adapter you have on the network connections page.
STEP 6: Disable your system firewall, Antivirus and any service that will block your network traffic.
STEP 7: Launch the TFTP server, click the Browse button and change the Current Directory to the folder the has the ArcherC7v2_tp_recovery.bin file, Also change the server interface to 192.168.0.66 from the drop-down. Click the Show Dir tab to see the ArcherC7v2_tp_recovery.bin and then hit the close tab.
STEP 8: Connected the WLAN port on your router to your computer with the network cable. Press down the reset button of the router and power it on. Do not release the reset button for 5-6 seconds after powering it on. As soon as you release the button, TFTP server will flash the firmware and restart the router.
That’s how you fix your bricked TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 router. If all goes well, you should have a functional router.
If you are still having issues, leave a comment below and I will back.