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Getting DD-WRT loaded on DIR-8xxL Series routers FAQ
« on: November 27, 2017, 02:32:22 PM »

So this FAQ is for users that have upgraded to D-Links Security patch v1.20x or beyond. I found this is the safest method to to get DD-WRT loaded on a D-Link router.  :)

Requirements
Windows with IE11 or Mac with Safari 11 [DO NOT USE CHROME!!!]
Previous version of D-Links Official Released FW file:
For DIR-880L v1.07
For DIR-890L v1.11 (Verified Working)
For DIR-895L v1.13
These files can be found here:
http://support.dlink.com/index.aspx

PC directly LAN cable wired to the router. [DO NOT USE WIRELESS OR YOU'LL BRICK THE ROUTER!!!]
Disable any PC security software or browser add-ons temporarily.

3rd Party Firmware
These files can be downloaded here: DD-WRT
https://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/other-downloads
Navigate to the following folder path:
Downloads › betas › 2017
Choose and select from the most current Dated build folder, i.e. 11-16-2017-r33772 (Verified Working on DIR-890L)
Navigate the build folder down to the desired Manufacturer and Router model and select it, i.e. dlink-dir890l
Download both factory-to-ddwrt.bin and dir8##-webflash.bin files to your PC.

Downgrade from D-Link v1.20x FW
Download the the router  to previous D-Links Official Released FW version build file for your model router from D-Links support site. Unpack the zip file.
Follow the Router Recovery process to prepare the PC and Router and send the previous version FW build file to the router using the recovery process:
Link> Emergency Recovery Mode
The router should apply the previous version and come to the main log in screen. Verify that the older version of FW is now loaded.
Change the networking configuration that you did in the FW recovery process back from Static to Automatic on your PC.
[DO NOT USE THE RECOVERY MODE TO APPLY 3rd party FW!!!] Or you risk bricking the router or damaging the recovery portion of the router.

Migrate to DD-WRT Firmware from D-Link Firmware
Windows use IE 11 Browser for this process. Mac Safari browser process, change Safari's User Agent from default to use IE11 with in the Developer menu for Safari.
Open D-Links router web page at 192.168.0.1 in the browser.
Navigate to the Firmware Update page.
Browse and navigate to where you downloaded the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file. Select this file first. [DO NOT SELECT THE webflash.bin!!!]  Or you risk bricking the router or damaging the recovery portion of the router.
Select OK to upload the  factory-to-ddwrt.bin file. The router web page should display a firmware upgrade progress window.
After about 4-5 minutes, the WHITE Power LED on the router will change to ORANGE and should blink then stop blinking. If you still have the router plugged in to the ISP modem or service, the Internet globe should blink and go to a solid WHITE LED. IF you don't have the Internet connected to the router, thats find. The Internet globe will be solid ORANGE.

Close the browser. At this stage, the router should be and will be converted to WRT and the default 192.168.0.1 IP address will be changed to 192.168.1.1. Check your PCs networking setting to be sure it's set for Automatic Obtain IP address.
Re-open the browser and type in 192.168.1.1 and the new DD-WRT router web page should be displayed.
Set a new router password if asked. Make it simple here for now.
Navigate to the following location: Administration/Firmware Upgrade.
Navigate to the Browse and navigate to where you downloaded the dir8##-webflash.bin file.
Select After flashing, reset to "Reset to Defaults"
Select the Upgrade button. Wait for the file to be sent and process. 5 minutes approx. After about 4-5 minutes, the WHITE Power LED on the router will change to ORANGE and remain ORANGE and should blink then stop blinking. If you still have the router plugged in to the ISP modem or service, the Internet globe should blink and go to a solid WHITE LED. IF you don't have the Internet connected to the router, thats find. The Internet globe will be solid ORANGE.

Log into the DD-WRT web page at 192.168.1.1. Give a new router password here, can be more complex this time.
The Status tab should look like this and is verfied using the above process:


Configure DD-WRT router for your needs. You can even change the default DD-WRT router IP address to 192.168.0.1 if you like.

Any newer DD-WRT builds that are released on there site, just apply the dir8##-webflash.bin file over the older build to update there firmware. The FactoryToWRT file is only needed once to covert from D-Link OEM firmware to DD-WRT firmware.

NOTE:
All additional DD-WRT information, help, forums and support, please refer to there sites:
https://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support
D-Link does not offer support for 3rd party FW loaded on there routers!!!

If users want to migrate back to D-Link firmware from 3rd party firmware, please follow this process:
Emergency Recovery Mode
Have the same prior official released version of firmware at the ready when you revert back to D-Link firmware.

Enjoy.  :D



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Re: Getting DD-WRT loaded on DIR-8xxL Series routers FAQ
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2017, 02:30:05 PM »

For DIR-868L:
I found that most current WRT build release doesn't work to migrate from D-Link to WRT. I found that going back to the initial release files date 7-24-2013 gets the conversion process done. After than then you can upgrade to the latest using the webupgrade files.

These files can be downloaded here: DD-WRT
https://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/other-downloads
Navigate to the following folder path:
Downloads › betas › 2013
Navigate the build folder down to the desired Manufacturer and Router model and select it, i.e. dlink-dir868l
Copy both Factory2WRT and *-webupgrade files to your pc.

Heres what I did to get my DIR-868L Rev A loaded:
1. Clean D-Link FW installed already.
2. Loaded Factory2WRT from 7-24-2013 in D-Link UI.
3. Loaded WebUpgrade from 7-24-2013 in WRT UI.
4. Loaded "Quarkysg" v33772 WebUpgrade file with factory reset. (11-16-2017) (Verified Working)
https://app.box.com/s/b4v1s342ef2dpd52j02lqtuzi1oiipco
*Future updates will appear so keep an eye on updates as needed. Quarkysg builds custom DD-WRT versions for the DIR-868L and 880L model routers.


Key note is to use IE11 browser or FF. IE11 seems to work the best. Be sure your LAN cable connected with the router.
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