It says here, http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#TP-Link that I need a minimum version of "v.24 sp2 - build 15663 - 20101103" to install DD-WRT on my TP-Link TL-WR740N. The latest stable release available on the web site is about 5000 build numbers, and 2 years out of date. Has DD-WRT become an abandoned project or is there another place to get this build to install on my router?
Thanks pal! I think I need to flash the factory one first, right? It's called factory-to-ddwrt.bin At least that seems to be the sort of thing you need to do on OpenWRT. I have version a TP-Link TL-740N v1.8 so I guess I'll just have a to take a small chance to see if it works ok. I'm going to look at the DD-WRT documentation a bit more.
Since I was having so much trouble with DD-WRT, I decided to look at OpenWRT. Here are some photos of the different versions of hardware. I really like their documentation, it's quite comprehensive. However, they don't specifically list the TP-Link TL-740N. These photos might give others an idea of the expected differences between v1.0 and v2.0. http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wr741nd#hardware
It said that I should check the Peacock thread here, http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=51486 This thread says it's for Broadcom SoC only. The router I want to install this on is an Atheros AR7240 CPU chip with an Atheros 9285 wireless NIC. I'm not sure what SoC is. So, because I'm not using a Broadcom chipset, I'm assuming it should be smooth sailing, is that right?
It appears I was correct in my previous post in that I should flash with the factory image first. So I guess the factory image is what you guys call the "killer" image, right?
Next on the installation wiki, it tells me to go to the hardware specific page to look for specific details about installation. http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Hardware-specific However, I do not find my router there, or any routers by TP-Link. Should there be something here, or is it just a case that there are only notes here if there are known problems with installation?
Other than that, my assumption is that I can just simply flash the factory image or "killer" image from my router's firmware upgrade page, and then DD-WRT is installed. Sounds quite simple. I just want to make sure that's what I have to do before I do anything that I can't undo.
Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:33 Post subject: My first DD-WRT flash
I just decided to go ahead with it and flash my TP-Link TL-WR740N router, and it went beautifully and very smoothly.
I downloaded the image from here. http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database I installed DD-WRT V24 PreSP2 beta build 15778. Listed as "TP-Link WR740N v1.0 Firmware: Special image for initial flashing factory-to-ddwrt.bin 2010-12-13 3,75 MB" It seems great so far. I just used the TP-Link web GUI and it was all done in a few minutes.
The hardware version and firmware version listed on my TP-Link firmware upgrade page were as follows.:
Why are there no newer versions for download ?
http://svn.dd-wrt.com:8000/timeline here i see that the development is making progress.
But the latest downloadable compiled version is from 24.12.2010
I miss my monthly re-flash session...
I guess you got angry with my post not necessary - I have received help I requested and hmm... I am not really interested in reading ALL forum guidelines you have provided me I assume than that it is not easy to release a version which would be presented on the main page (dd-wrt.com) - on the other hand it would be good from PR point of view - if not, a noob like me can assume that project is dead