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TP-Link TL-WR1043ND

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The TP-Link TL-WR1043ND is becoming a very popular Gargoyle router due price and hardware feature set. There are many ways of flashing this device but the easiest method is using “Firmware upgrade” tool.

Note: Firmware is still listed as experimental and not all features may work as expected.


Download firmware

Select the correct firmware for this device.

Upgrading existing router (Gargoyle or OpenWRT) firmware


Installing new firmware



Open the original TP-Link configuration.

Select “System Tools” » “Firmware Upgrade”



file then click “upgrade”

If you get the error message please choose a file to upgrade, it's because the firmware filename is too long. Rename the firemware filename to gargoyle.bin and upload it again.

Wait about 5 minutes then you should be able to connect to

Do not unplug the power supply during upgrade.

If after 5 minutes is unresponsive first reboot your PC and try again. If after 20 minutes is unresponsive you may reboot both PC and router.

Revert Back Original Firmware

The hardest part to reverting back to the original firmware is finding a suitable file. You can not use the firmware from TP-Link without a file modification.

Luckily somebody has done the work for us

tp-link_tl-wr1043nd.txt · Last modified: 2015/04/26 23:59 by nworbnhoj