[Cerowrt-devel] archer c7v2 gets third party unupgradable firmware

Rich Brown richb.hanover at gmail.com
Sun Feb 14 19:46:23 EST 2016

Hi Dave,

Since I appear to be one of the owners of the Archer C7 wiki page, can you give me more info about the version number/package labelling/etc. so that we can provide the info for people to identify that it's a bad one? 



> On Feb 14, 2016, at 1:26 PM, Dave Täht <dave at taht.net> wrote:
> A pithy note on
> https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer-c5-c7-wdr7500 - it contains
> a bitter "thank you" to the FCC - you can't upgrade the firmware to a
> third party anymore.
> I can confirm this - the archer c7v2 I got off of amazon last week has
> firmware 3.14.3, and will not take a web upload of openwrt no matter
> what I tried. I also failed to get a tftp upload to work (but did not
> try hard enough).
> So this rules out the netgear wndr 4300, and tp-link archer c7v2 for
> future development efforts by the bufferbloat effort.
> It's too bad - the cake qdisc is back at a "nearly ready" state and
> could use some performance testing and optimization on these lower end
> platforms, and I'd like to get make-wifi-fast off the ground.
> I guess it would be good to collect a list of those companies that are
> engaging in whole router firmware lockdown instead of just lockdown on
> the radio, so we can avoid them in the future.
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