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Last Edited by The Debater March 20, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Update to latest stock firmware if not planning to use a 3rd party firmware (OpenWrt, DD-WRT). The latest stock version includes several important stability fixes:
http://www.tp-link.us/support/dow...version=V1

Note: flashing to a 3rd party firmware will void your warranty. Proceed with caution. If you follow the directions carefully, you will be fine.


Note also (unsupported 3rd party feature): 3rd party firmware does not currently support the hardware NAT feature of this router and probably will not any time soon. Flashing back to stock will restore this functionality.



This router is the cheapest router to get OpenWRT's newest branch, Attitude adjustment which implements CoDEL a new parameterless bufferbloat solution.

Bufferbloat = latency lag when network approaches full usage.

Example: VoIP, VidChat, gaming, latency sensitive apps start stuttering once that other dude in your house starts his NetFlix streaming. You cry and stop doing what you were doing until he's done. OR you can buy this and setup codel and be happy. ^^

Installing OpenWRT isn't necessarily quite as easy but it's straightforward. If you've installed dd-wrt or Tomato, I have confidence in you that you can install OpenWRT Wink
If you know someone who would probably struggle putting dd-wrt/tomato on a router... don't have them install this. They might mess it up.

Got mine and got OpenWRT installed, so far so good....

Here's what I did (Disclaimer, if you are technically challenged I do not suggest doing this or find the beta builds of DDWRT or Gargoyle):

Original link stopped working here's a new link, if it no longer works see below.
http://downloads.openwrt.org/atti...actory.bin

If that still doesn't work here's the path from the openwrt downloads page.
Attitude adjustment...
12.09-rc1...
Ar71xx...
Generic...
Openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tl-wdr3600-v1-squashfs-factory.bin

1.) Connect an ethernet cable to the LAN side of the router, navigate to 192.168.1.1 (It may be 192.168.0.1). Username is "admin" password is "admin".
2.) Rename your OpenWRT image to "factory.bin". Navigate to the firmware upgrade page and update the firmware with your OpenWRT image.
3.) Once upgrade is done, manually set your computer's IP to 192.168.1.X (whatever you want on 1.X subnet). this step wasn't necessary for me, I got an IP via DHCP right after flashing just fine
4.) Use Putty or some other program to telnet into 192.168.1.1. Type "passwd" at command prompt and set a root password. Type "exit" and get out of the telnet session.
5.) Connect an ethernet cable from your modem to the WAN (Internet) side of the router. The blue port. The router needs internet access for the next step.
5.) Reopen Putty and do an SSH session to the same IP, login as root with your new password. Type "opkg update" and return. Type "opkg install luci" and return. To enable Luci to start on boot, type "/etc/init.d/uhttpd enable" and return and then type "/etc/init.d/uhttpd start" and return. I would also install the Luci qos module, type "opkg install luci-app-qos" and return.
6.) You can now login to Luci via an HTTP interface at 192.168.1.1. Good luck with the rest, just make sure you enable your wifi interfaces and configure them.

NOTE: It has been widely reported that LuCi is already installed and running after the install of OpenWRT. After you do the initial upgrade try navigating to 192.168.1.1 to see if the LuCI interface is up and running. If it is not then you should run through the steps listed above.

7.) Optionally, you may change to a more user friendly interface by installing the bootstrap theme (now available from the software installation function built into the web interface).
Info about bootstrap theme: http://nut-bolt.nl/2012/openwrt-b...-for-luci/
To install: System --> Software --> search for bootstrap in available package --> click install
To activate theme go to: System ---> Language and Style ---> Design ---> Bootstrap Smilie

More info, including instructions for setting up Codel on OpenWrt: https://gist.github.com/petedoyle/4129668. (he does it in a bit more complicated way than necessary, if anyone has easier instructions, please update).
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Gargoyle install: (i.e. the easy way)
If you want the simple method and are ok with a simplified interface then download the gargoyle image here http://www.gargoyle-router.com/do...actory.bin and do the upgrade with that. It already has the GUI installed and running so you can go directly to 192.168.1.1.

Although very functional, Gargoyle is kind of ugly by default, so if you care about that sort of thing, install a theme Smilie

NOTE: Gargoyle does not have all the options that LuCi does, it was designed this way. It has QOS and Codel installed by default. If you don't know why you want all the options available in Luci, then you probably don't need them.
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Here are some other helpful links that I used: bimologist
DDNS Client: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto...using.luci
OpenVPN Setup: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/vpn.openvpn
Guest WLan: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/recipes/guest-wlan (non Luci) (I could not get the Luci directions to work)
Guest WLAN via Luci (does not work for some): https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=34092

Instructions for setting up QoS and CoDel for OpenWRT peeps:

Pulled from OpenWRT forums:
Quote :
First of all, the values to enter in the qos configuration are your maximal net bandwidth minus some headroom that qos needs to be effective (I hink this is no longer true for the post-backfire codel-based qos). Especially the upload value needs to be lower than the maximum you observed empirically.
I have a "up to" 16Mbit / 1Mbit line. The observed actual net rates are for me about 12Mbit and 950 kbit respectively. I hence entered this in the qos config
option download 12000
option upload 800
Since you cannot control downstream in a meaningful manner I left it at 12000, but upstream needs the headroom and through testing with simultaneous saturating upload traffic and pings I settled on 800.

I also have this stanza
onfig classify
option target "Express"
option ports "22,5190,5060,5222,19295,19301-19310
where the 19xxx ports are for Google voice and video chats, 5060 is supposed to be VoIP, but I have a hunch that this is only the port for negotiation not payload data. 5222 is XMPP instant messaging.
I'm not sure you can successfully prioritize Skype because Skype hides on port 80 and port 433, which are the usual HTTP(S) ports.
Also see, https://gist.github.com/petedoyle/4129668

To add a USB flash-drive to expand the capacity of your router, follow: http://klseet.com/index.php/tl-mr...ap-extroot

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#31
Quote from CoBrA2168 View Post :
Hmm..I'm fairly technical, but have never dabbled into OpenWRT. How do I know which build to use?
It's all explained in the OpenWrt or Gargoyle wiki. The OpenWrt wiki has information specifically on this router. The build will say tl-wdr3600 in the filename. Instructions are also in the other SD threads on these routers.

Just to note again, wireless (and usually the web interface) are disabled by default in OpenWrt.
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Got a Netgear WNDR4300 a while back for this price. Not sure which is better. Maybe I can use this as a repeater?
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Thanks OP. Just bought one.
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I go to the router gui and go to the software section. The have a couple of pages list that is in alpahbetical order. You can search it also. Then you choose download or install option and then in a few minutes it's on your router. As for security I am using WPA2 AES on both bands. I gave each band it's own SSID so I know which I am hooked up to.
It is shockingly easy to add software packages. Actually, almost too easy to the point that you may go crazy with it and bog down your router! OpenWrt is very lean to start, which is part of what keeps it so reliable and fast. Add the packages you need. If you want something really easy to use with QOS and even bandwidth limits already included, go Gargoyle (with a skin).

Gargoyle should have access to the same packages as OpenWrt (with the exception of the GUI) since the underlying firmware is the same.

Quote from slicksder View Post :
Got a Netgear WNDR4300 a while back for this price. Not sure which is better. Maybe I can use this as a repeater?
Same chipset in the Netgear WNDR4300 but OpenWrt/DD-WRT aren't there just yet. Netgear firmware is probably better than TP-Link if you're staying stock. Great price for that router though!
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Last edited by drawz February 19, 2013 at 08:33 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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Quote from yazyazoo View Post :
I go to the router gui and go to the software section. The have a couple of pages list that is in alpahbetical order. You can search it also. Then you choose download or install option and then in a few minutes it's on your router. As for security I am using WPA2 AES on both bands. I gave each band it's own SSID so I know which I am hooked up to.
Quote from drawz View Post :
It's all explained in the OpenWrt or Gargoyle wiki. The OpenWrt wiki has information specifically on this router. The build will say tl-wdr3600 in the filename. Instructions are also in the other SD threads on these routers.

Just to note again, wireless (and usually the web interface) are disabled by default in OpenWrt.
Awesome information guys, I think I'm going to try the latest "attitude adjustment" build of OpenWRT and see how it goes.

One last question - do you guys know if there are any specific steps I have to take if I want to revert back to stock firmware? With DD-WRT, there is a special "revert" firmware that you simply have to load to go back to stock.
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What type of connection are the antennas? I'd like to connect a cable for an outdoor mounted antenna. Anyone have experience with this routers antennas and connection type?
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Quote from CoBrA2168 View Post :
Awesome information guys, I think I'm going to try the latest "attitude adjustment" build of OpenWRT and see how it goes.

One last question - do you guys know if there are any specific steps I have to take if I want to revert back to stock firmware? With DD-WRT, there is a special "revert" firmware that you simply have to load to go back to stock.
There are some special steps - all in the OpenWrt wiki Smilie
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#38
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What type of connection are the antennas? I'd like to connect a cable for an outdoor mounted antenna. Anyone have experience with this routers antennas and connection type?
well... you'll need 2 antennas if you want to take full advantage of the wireless speeds.
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There are some special steps - all in the OpenWrt wiki Smilie
Are you talking about this page?
http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wdr3600

There doesn't seem to be a lot of information here...and it's linking to a fairly old firmware. The old Slickdeals wiki suggests using the latest attitude adjustment build.
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Are you talking about this page?
http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wdr3600

There doesn't seem to be a lot of information here...and it's linking to a fairly old firmware. The old Slickdeals wiki suggests using the latest attitude adjustment build.
Oops, check the WDR4300 wiki page. It's the same router, but with 3 antennas. Instructions are conceptually the same, but obviously you want the firmware with wdr3600 in the name!

Updated the wiki here with instructions from the last wdr3600 deal.
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Hmm...interesting. I might have to mess around with this and see what I can do.

How do you know what packages are available, and which ones will I need? All I really want is a router which can reliably do Ethernet and WiFi (both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz). Wireless security is a must.
Follow the wiki here:
https://slickdeals.net/permadeal/87924/newegg-tplink-tlwdr3600-n600-wireless-n-dual-band-gigabit-router-w-2x-usb-ports


I used similar instructions on the TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 N750 i bought from amazon about two weeks ago. I never tried the stock firmware, but this is my first experience with OpenWRT and it has been running solid. Zero reboots, slowdowns (other than ISP caused ones.. but that's an ongoing issue -_-) The only packages i installed were the ones in the wki and the QoS package.

https://gist.github.com/petedoyle/4129668 has some good info, too.
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Yes, you can disable a band or just not use it, but you're wrong about 5 Ghz being "sucky." Yes, the range is lower with the higher frequency band (can't beat physics here), but there is much less congestion and interference on 5 GHz as compared to 2.4 GHz, so the speed tends to be much faster. This will vary depending on whether you live in an apartment or a house, in the city or in a more rural area. Don't forget there are also cordless phones, bluetooth, and good old fashioned microwaves in the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

If you don't have a dual band wireless adapter in your laptop (or whatever), then you only have 2.4 GHz available and the choice is simple.
Well I meant the 5Ghz sucks in its current form (wireless N) due to the short range and other issues. It will be MUCH better implimented with the coming AC format/routers. I'm still tempted to get this router and once they thoroughly improve on the AC format, I will jump on that and abandon wireless N routers all together.
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well... you'll need 2 antennas if you want to take full advantage of the wireless speeds.
And the connection type is??????
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Looks like a good deal
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Last edited by danmanca February 19, 2013 at 08:41 AM.
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Quote from drawz View Post :
Oops, check the WDR4300 wiki page. It's the same router, but with 3 antennas. Instructions are conceptually the same, but obviously you want the firmware with wdr3600 in the name!

Updated the wiki here with instructions from the last wdr3600 deal.
Thanks for all the info!

One last thing - it says in the wiki:
NOTE: It has been widely reported that LuCi is already installed and running after the install of OpenWRT. After you do the initial upgrade try navigating to 192.168.1.1 to see if the LuCI interface is up and running. If it is not then you should run through the steps listed above.

Can anyone confirm if the latest Attitude Adjustment firmware needs the LuCi install via Putty?
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