TP-Link Archer C7 v5 Support

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ian5142
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 20:23    Post subject: TP-Link Archer C7 v5 Support Reply with quote
This thread has been started so that I can post unofficial builds for the Archer C7 v5.

The main problem I am having is finding a factory (TP-Link) firmware file for the Archer C7 v5 US. I have files for the CA (Canadian) and TW (Taiwan) models but not US.

I have not tested any of the builds, as I do not own this router.

Before testing these builds I would suggest having a recovery method ready (Serial + TFTP is what I use to debrick my TP-Links): https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer-c5-c7-wdr7500#tftp_recovery_de-bricking

I use TFTP32/TFTP64 in server mode. Then turn on the log and it will tell you that the router tried to grab a file with a specific name. Rename the firmware to that name and the router will pull the file and flash it.

I would suggest trying to flash the test firmware using the same method if the webGUI does not accept it.

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Atheros:
TP-Link Archer C7 v2 x2 - WDS AP, WDS Station
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 v1 - WDS Station
TP-Link 841nd v8 - WDS Station
Linksys WRT400N - bricked
D-Link 615 C1 x 4 - not used
D-Link 615 E3 x 2 - not used
D-Link 825 B1 - WDS Station
D-Link 862L A1 x2 - WDS Station
Netgear WNDR3700v2 - WDS Station
TP-Link 1043nd v1, inactive, unstable hardware
UBNT loco M2 x2 - airOS

Broadcom
Asus N66U - backup Gateway
Netgear r6300 v1 - AP
Linksys E2500 - not used
Linksys EA2700 - not used
Linksys 160N v3 x2 - not used
Netgear WNDR3700v3 - not used
MediaTek
UBNT EdgeRouter X - Gateway, DHCP, QoS
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pocahontas
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:08    Post subject: Reply with quote
Code:
https://static.tp-link.com/2018/201805/20180518/Archer%20C7(US)_V5_180425.zip

https://static.tp-link.com/2017/201712/20171221/Archer%20C7(US)_V5_170918.zip
ian5142
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:24    Post subject: US Test file Reply with quote
I have attached a test file for the US version.
I am fairly certain it is the same header as one of the other files though.

NOT TESTED.

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Before asking a question on the forums, update dd-wrt: Where do I download firmware? I suggest reading it all.

Some dd-wrt wiki pages are up to date, others are not. PM me if you find an old one, I am trying to update them.

Atheros:
TP-Link Archer C7 v2 x2 - WDS AP, WDS Station
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 v1 - WDS Station
TP-Link 841nd v8 - WDS Station
Linksys WRT400N - bricked
D-Link 615 C1 x 4 - not used
D-Link 615 E3 x 2 - not used
D-Link 825 B1 - WDS Station
D-Link 862L A1 x2 - WDS Station
Netgear WNDR3700v2 - WDS Station
TP-Link 1043nd v1, inactive, unstable hardware
UBNT loco M2 x2 - airOS

Broadcom
Asus N66U - backup Gateway
Netgear r6300 v1 - AP
Linksys E2500 - not used
Linksys EA2700 - not used
Linksys 160N v3 x2 - not used
Netgear WNDR3700v3 - not used
MediaTek
UBNT EdgeRouter X - Gateway, DHCP, QoS
videobruce
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Joined: 22 Aug 2009
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Location: New York State

PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 20:11    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm surprised they came out with another version of this.
This just adds more confusion since the six versions (there were 2 v1's) have different components especially between v2 (what seems to be the most popular) and v4.

That ridiculously long 'Archer C7' (no version number) should of specified a version number(s).
mugre1975
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 22:37    Post subject: Test subject Reply with quote
I've tried to flash the US version of the firmware on the router's UI, and as suggested by TFTP changing the name to ArcherC7v5_tp_recovery.bin (which is the one the router requests), and I couldn't flash it with either method.
Web UI reports an invalid file type, and the tftp process just reboots as soon as it requests the file.
Hope this helps
antonh
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 16:04    Post subject: Reply with quote
Have you been able to make any progress on this? Is there anything we can do to assist?

I've just bought my second C7 on Amazon, but unfortunately this one is a v5 so I can't currently flash it.
ian5142
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 16:14    Post subject: Progress Reply with quote
I am not a dev. All I was doing was modifying the header at the start of the file to see if it will flash on the device. If it is the same hardware internally just a different board layout and firmware version then it often works. That is how a ton of TP-Link devices are supported. 841, 842, 940, 941, etc.
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Before asking a question on the forums, update dd-wrt: Where do I download firmware? I suggest reading it all.

Some dd-wrt wiki pages are up to date, others are not. PM me if you find an old one, I am trying to update them.

Atheros:
TP-Link Archer C7 v2 x2 - WDS AP, WDS Station
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 v1 - WDS Station
TP-Link 841nd v8 - WDS Station
Linksys WRT400N - bricked
D-Link 615 C1 x 4 - not used
D-Link 615 E3 x 2 - not used
D-Link 825 B1 - WDS Station
D-Link 862L A1 x2 - WDS Station
Netgear WNDR3700v2 - WDS Station
TP-Link 1043nd v1, inactive, unstable hardware
UBNT loco M2 x2 - airOS

Broadcom
Asus N66U - backup Gateway
Netgear r6300 v1 - AP
Linksys E2500 - not used
Linksys EA2700 - not used
Linksys 160N v3 x2 - not used
Netgear WNDR3700v3 - not used
MediaTek
UBNT EdgeRouter X - Gateway, DHCP, QoS
jez9999
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 19:41    Post subject: Reply with quote
Arghhhh this is so annoying. I specifically bought an Archer C7 because the WIKI recommended it as a good router for DD-WRT and now I learn that V5 is not (and probably never will be) supported! Well guess what I have a V5. How misleading is that wiki??
ian5142
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 19:54    Post subject: Wiki Reply with quote
If you read first, you would find that only v1 (partially), v2, v3, and v4 are supported. I will change the wiki page you are talking about though.
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Before asking a question on the forums, update dd-wrt: Where do I download firmware? I suggest reading it all.

Some dd-wrt wiki pages are up to date, others are not. PM me if you find an old one, I am trying to update them.

Atheros:
TP-Link Archer C7 v2 x2 - WDS AP, WDS Station
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 v1 - WDS Station
TP-Link 841nd v8 - WDS Station
Linksys WRT400N - bricked
D-Link 615 C1 x 4 - not used
D-Link 615 E3 x 2 - not used
D-Link 825 B1 - WDS Station
D-Link 862L A1 x2 - WDS Station
Netgear WNDR3700v2 - WDS Station
TP-Link 1043nd v1, inactive, unstable hardware
UBNT loco M2 x2 - airOS

Broadcom
Asus N66U - backup Gateway
Netgear r6300 v1 - AP
Linksys E2500 - not used
Linksys EA2700 - not used
Linksys 160N v3 x2 - not used
Netgear WNDR3700v3 - not used
MediaTek
UBNT EdgeRouter X - Gateway, DHCP, QoS
ian5142
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:34    Post subject: Supported Reply with quote
Official support has just been added, 37837. Not tested. Will not flash via GUI. See this thread: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=317641
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Before asking a question on the forums, update dd-wrt: Where do I download firmware? I suggest reading it all.

Some dd-wrt wiki pages are up to date, others are not. PM me if you find an old one, I am trying to update them.

Atheros:
TP-Link Archer C7 v2 x2 - WDS AP, WDS Station
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 v1 - WDS Station
TP-Link 841nd v8 - WDS Station
Linksys WRT400N - bricked
D-Link 615 C1 x 4 - not used
D-Link 615 E3 x 2 - not used
D-Link 825 B1 - WDS Station
D-Link 862L A1 x2 - WDS Station
Netgear WNDR3700v2 - WDS Station
TP-Link 1043nd v1, inactive, unstable hardware
UBNT loco M2 x2 - airOS

Broadcom
Asus N66U - backup Gateway
Netgear r6300 v1 - AP
Linksys E2500 - not used
Linksys EA2700 - not used
Linksys 160N v3 x2 - not used
Netgear WNDR3700v3 - not used
MediaTek
UBNT EdgeRouter X - Gateway, DHCP, QoS
fifi29
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Joined: 27 Nov 2018
Posts: 17

PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 23:25    Post subject: TP-Link Archer C7 v5 Support Reply with quote
The new build 39732 support archer C7 V5. I have tested, running since 2 days without an problems.
bandu
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 0:11    Post subject: Reply with quote
Quote:
The new build 39732 support archer C7 V5. I have tested, running since 2 days without an problems.


@fifi29 Is it still running without any problems?
fifi29
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Posts: 17

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 14:52    Post subject: TP-Link Archer C7 v5 Support Reply with quote
Hi, use the build 37961. The router running good. ONly 5ghz wifi is not stable. often lost internet.
videobruce
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Posts: 237
Location: New York State

PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 15:00    Post subject: Reply with quote
How about a brief v4 vs v5 list of changes??
darthrider
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 17:02    Post subject: 5GHz SSID works really slow Reply with quote
There is no interfering 5GHz channel in my neighborhood so there shouldn't be any interference.

On stock firmware I was getting 71 MBps on the same channel (Channel 149 + UU) whereas now I am getting only 17Mbps speed on my new Archer C7 v5 (Build r37961)
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