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Old 21-12-2019, 06:09 PM   #1
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D-Link DIR-868L Router Migration and Upgrade

Dear forum members,

I am new to this forum.

Recently, i bought D-Link DIR-868L router during Shoppee 11.11 sale for a good price.

I would like share my experience in migrating the router to DD-WRT firmware and Tomato firmware.

Also, I am able to go back to D-Link firmware after i tested DD-WRT and Tomato firmwares.

Flashing other than factory firmware into routers is not an easy thing.

You need patience and clear mind, so that you can see what went wrong and take necessary steps to overcome the problems.

Regards,
Iskandar
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Old 21-12-2019, 06:14 PM   #2
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This guide was developed from various online resources and personal experience on D-Link 868L A1.
Credits are due to all contributions, direct or indirect.
Only applicable to D-Link DIR-868L with HW A1 and FW 1.22SHC.
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Old 21-12-2019, 06:15 PM   #3
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Step 1: Downgrade DIR-868L factory firmware to FW1.00SHC

• Bear in mind that it is not recommended to install third-party firmware such as DD-WRT or Tomato though D-Link normal firmware upgrade. You will encounter all kind of problems. Something that you really want to avoid.
• You need to perform migration at Recovery Mode. Please refer to the steps at Recovery Mode, last section of the document.
• First, you need to downgrade from your existing firmware (e.g. FW1.22SHC) to FW1.00SHC. This is important for successful migration to DD-WRT or Tomato firmware.
• Download FW1.00SHC firmware from D-Link Singapore website https://www.dlink.com.sg/dir-868l/#firmware.
• Unplug all cables (incl. power cable) from the router.
• Connect the router to the PC using one of the 4 switch ports
• Set computer IP address to 192.168.0.2 and use 255.255.255.0 as the Subnet mask.
• Power-on the router while pushing a paperclip to the hidden reset button located at the bottom of the device for a few seconds.
• When the Power LED starts blinking, release the reset button.
• Use Mozilla FireFox browser and navigate to http://192.168.0.1. Other browsers will give you problems.
• You will see a text-based firmware update page where you can select the firmware file you want to upload.
• Upload the FW1.00SHC firmware, when completed the router should report to reboot.
• The router should now be running FW1.00SHC firmware and accessible on the default address. (http://192.168.0.1). Default user is admin and no password i.e. blank
• The router is ready to be migrated to DD-WRT firmware.
• It is important to note that it is necessary to migrate the router to DD-WRT before you migrate to Tomato firmware.
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Old 21-12-2019, 06:17 PM   #4
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Step 2A: Migrate to DD-WRT firmware

• First, you need to download DD-WRT firmware.
• DD-WRT version r25974 was used with great success repeatedly and on three separate units.
• Download the r25974 files here. ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2015/01-20-2015-r25974/
• Download two files factory-to-ddwrt.bin and dir868a-webflash.bin.
• First, flash the factory-to-ddwrt.bin file using the D-Link router’s firmware upgrade page.
• The process will take up a few minutes. Once successfully flashed your router will reboot.
• Next, go to the router page (default is 192.168.1.1)
• Using the D-Link router’s firmware upgrade page, flash second file, dir868-webflash.bin.
• The router will reboot once again.
• You should see DD-WRT and will be asked to enter new user and new password.
• I suggest admin and admin, repectively. You can change them when you complete the whole migration process.
• At this point you have a choice to updrade to newer DD-WRT firmware version (Step 2B) or upgrade to Tomato firmware (Step 2C).
• The following link may help you to decide to choose between DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. https://techstorify.com/dd-wrt-vs-to...uter-firmware/
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Old 21-12-2019, 06:17 PM   #5
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Step 2B: Upgrade to newer DD-WRT firmware

• Download the latest DD-WRT firmware ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/
• Choose 2019 folder.
• Latest is r41686 ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2019/12-1...-dir868l-reva/
• Download the dir868a-webflash.bin file.
• Go to Administration -> Firmware Upgrade and browse to select the file.
• Then flash the dir868a-webflash.bin file with Reset to Default Settings.
• As usual the process could take up to 3 minutes.
• Once complete, the new DD-WRT firmware should boot up.
• Right after this, go to Administration -> Configuration ->Restore Default Configuration and choose Erase all data in NVRAM memory (thorough) option.
• Click OK button.
• This will take a few more minutes. Once done, you are all set!
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Old 21-12-2019, 06:18 PM   #6
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Step 2C: Migrate to Tomato firmware

• Download the latest Tomato by Shibby firmware.
• Latest is version is 140. http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26ARM/140-MultiWAN/
• Unzip the file.
• Go to Administration -> Firmware Upgrade and browse to select the file.
• Then flash the tomato-DIR868L-ARM--140-special.trx file with Reset to Default Settings.
• As usual the process could take up to 3 minutes.
• Once complete, the new Tomato firmware should boot up.
• Right after this, go to Administration -> Configuration ->Restore Default Configuration and choose Erase all data in NVRAM memory (thorough) option.
• Click OK button.
• This will take a few more minutes. Once done, you are all set!
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Old 21-12-2019, 06:19 PM   #7
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Step 2D: Optional upgrade to Advanced Tomato firmware

• This is an optional step.
• Advanced Tomato present a more pleasant GUI that some of us would appreciate.
• Download the latest Advanced Tomato firmware.
• Latest is version is 3.5-140. https://advancedtomato.com/downloads/router/dir868l
• Unzip the file.
• Go to Administration -> Firmware Upgrade and browse to select the file.
• Then flash the tomato-DIR868L-AT-ARM-3.5-140-special.trx file with Reset to Default Settings.
• As usual the process could take up to 3 minutes.
• Once complete, the new Tomato firmware should boot up.
• Right after this, go to Administration -> Configuration ->Restore Default Configuration and choose Erase all data in NVRAM memory (thorough) option.
• Click OK button.
• This will take a few more minutes. Once done, you are all set!
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Old 21-12-2019, 06:23 PM   #8
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Recovery Mode:
D-Link DIR-868L provides an easy way to recover using Recovery Mode (Also a useful and a recommended way to install third-party firmware)
• When the Power LED keeps blinking on boot, the router has entered the recovery mode.
• This usually happens when flashing a firmware went wrong, or the configuration has been corrupted.
• It is also possible to (force) boot into recovery mode to restore a soft-bricked router or flashing back to the factory firmware.
• Download the latest available firmware on the official D-Link website of the router revision. https://www.dlink.com.sg/dir-868l/#firmware
• Unplug all cables (incl. power cable) from the router
• Connect the router to the PC using one of the 4 switch ports
• Set the PC TCP/IPv4 address to 192.168.0.2 and use 255.255.255.0 as the Subnet mask
• Power-on the router while pushing a paperclip to the hidden reset button located at the bottom of the device for a few seconds.
• When the Power LED starts blinking, release the reset button
• Use Mozilla FireFox browser and navigate to http://192.168.0.1. Other browser will give you problems.
• Upload the D-Link firmware, when completed the router should report to reboot.
• The router should now be running stock D-Link firmware and accessible on the default address. (http://192.168.0.1).
• Please note that if you encounter problems going back to the latest stock D-Link firmware, it is suggested to start with an early firmware e.g. FW1.03 and work your way up until the latest.
• Each time you need to reset to factory defaults to clear the NVRAM memory of the router, before you upgrade to a newer firmware.
• The last step seems to be necessary when you are upgrading from FW110 to FW122, if you encounter a warning that size of the firmware is too big.
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Old 21-12-2019, 06:24 PM   #9
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Well. I hope this guide help individuals wanted to migrate their DIR-868L to DD-WRT or Tomato firmware with minimal problems.
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