TP-Link stripped firmware

Intro

If you want to revert back to stock TP-link firmware from custom firmware, most of the time you can not flash the TP-Link firmware directly from the official TP-Link website.
The reason for this is that most of the downloadable firmware from the TP-Link website contains a so called bootloader section in front of the actual firmware.

Normally when upgrading the official (not the custom) firmware this is fine of course, the official software on the router provided by TP-link takes the bootloader into account
and handles or uses it properly so that your device keeps working.

However the custom firmware, like OpenWrt Gargoyle and DD-wrt (and probably others) only suspect an firmware image that doesn't contain a bootloader
and try to flash this extra data in the place of the spot in the memory where the firmware goes. That simply doesn't fit, resulting in a router that does not want to start up anymore

Because it is sometimes hard to find out how to remove the correct section of the firmware or to find and execute those instructions at all, I decided to create an unofficial
TP-link firmware download page that has no boot loader part anymmore. This means that the image can be flashed without worrying if there is still a bootloader within the image or not.

On most custom firmware variations out there the image downloaded from here can be flashed trough the webinterface, however some versions (like DD-wrt) need some extra steps that
are explained on the DD-wrt website.

Downloading & Unpacking

Find the correct router model and version, simply click on the link to download the zip archive. After you have downloaded it you have to open the zip archive and extract it's contents.
Inside the archive you find 3 files:

The readme.txt includes a short description and what portion has been removed.
The md5sum.txt includes the md5sum of the image file, you can test if the firmware image has been damaged or not while downloading (optional)
And the firmware image, this image you can use to restore the official TP-link software on the router.

Latest firmware

On a regular bases I check if there are new firmware images that can be added from the official TP-link website, also when I do that I also check if there are newer versions of already
listed firmware images. If that is the case I replace the existing ones with the newer ones, so that this list has the latest firmware and new devices.

Updated on

01:27 AM (GMT) - 28 May 2017

Model V1 V2 V3 V4 V5 V6 V7 V8 V9 V10 V1.20 V1.5
Archer-C5                     Archer-C5-V1.20-stripped.zip  
Archer-C7 Archer-C7-V1-stripped.zip Archer-C7-V2-stripped.zip                    
Archer-D5 Archer-D5-V1-stripped.zip                      
Archer-D7 Archer-D7-V1-stripped.zip                      
Archer-D7b Archer-D7b-V1-stripped.zip                      
Archer-D9 Archer-D9-V1-stripped.zip                      
M5250 M5250-V1-stripped.zip                      
M5350 M5350-V1-stripped.zip M5350-V2-stripped.zip                    
M5360 M5360-V1-stripped.zip M5360-V2-stripped.zip                    
RE200 RE200-V1-stripped.zip                      
RE210 RE210-V1-stripped.zip                      
TD-W8950N TD-W8950N-V1.zip                      
TD-W8960N       TD-W8960N-V4.zip TD-W8960N-V5.zip              
TD-W8968     TD-W8968-V3.zip                  
TL-MR3020 TL-MR3020-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-MR3040 TL-MR3040-V1-stripped.zip TL-MR3040-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-MR3220 TL-MR3220-V1.zip TL-MR3220-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-MR3420 TL-MR3420-V1.zip TL-MR3420-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-R600VPN TL-R600VPN-V1.zip TL-R600VPN-V2.zip                    
TL-WA701ND TL-WA701ND-V1.zip TL-WA701ND-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-WA7210N TL-WA7210N-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WA730RE TL-WA730RE-V1.zip TL-WA730RE-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-WA750RE TL-WA750RE-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WA7510N TL-WA7510N-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WA801ND TL-WA801ND-V1.zip TL-WA801ND-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-WA830RE TL-WA830RE-V1.zip TL-WA830RE-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-WA850RE TL-WA850RE-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WA854RE TL-WA854RE-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WA860RE TL-WA860RE-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WA890EA TL-WA890EA-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WA901ND TL-WA901ND-V1-stripped.zip TL-WA901ND-V2.zip TL-WA901ND-V3-stripped.zip                  
TL-WDR3500 TL-WDR3500-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WDR3600 TL-WDR3600-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WDR4300 TL-WDR4300-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WDR4900 TL-WDR4900-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WR1042ND TL-WR1042ND-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WR1043ND TL-WR1043ND-V1-stripped.zip TL-WR1043ND-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-WR710N TL-WR710N-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WR740N TL-WR740N-V1.zip TL-WR740N-V2.zip TL-WR740N-V3.zip TL-WR740N-V4-stripped.zip TL-WR740N-V5-stripped.zip              
TL-WR741ND TL-WR741ND-V1.zip TL-WR741ND-V2.zip TL-WR741ND-V3.zip TL-WR741ND-V4-stripped.zip TL-WR741ND-V5-stripped.zip              
TL-WR743ND TL-WR743ND-V1-stripped.zip TL-WR743ND-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-WR840N TL-WR840N-V1.zip                      
TL-WR841HP TL-WR841HP-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WR841N TL-WR841N-V1.zip       TL-WR841N-V5.zip   TL-WR841N-V7.zip TL-WR841N-V8-stripped.zip TL-WR841N-V9-stripped.zip TL-WR841N-V10-stripped.zip   TL-WR841N-V1.5.zip
TL-WR841ND     TL-WR841ND-V3-stripped.zip   TL-WR841ND-V5.zip   TL-WR841ND-V7.zip TL-WR841ND-V8-stripped.zip TL-WR841ND-V9-stripped.zip TL-WR841ND-V10-stripped.zip    
TL-WR842ND TL-WR842ND-V1-stripped.zip TL-WR842ND-V2-stripped.zip                    
TL-WR843ND TL-WR843ND-V1-stripped.zip                      
TL-WR940N TL-WR940N-V1.zip TL-WR940N-V2-stripped.zip TL-WR940N-V3-stripped.zip                  
TL-WR941ND   TL-WR941ND-V2.zip TL-WR941ND-V3.zip TL-WR941ND-V4.zip TL-WR941ND-V5-stripped.zip TL-WR941ND-V6-stripped.zip