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How to install DD-WRT on D-Link DIR-882

How to install DD-WRT on D-Link DIR-882

How to install DD-WRT on D-Link DIR-882

DD-WRT provides plethora of options that a normal firmware provided from the factory will not give. It basically will allow you to access advanced capabilities that the router company restricts in their stock firmware. VPN right on the router is one example. I wanted to play around with my D-Link DIR-882 AC-2600 router and see if I can make it any more better than it already was. In comes DD-WRT. Not all routers are supported by DD-WRT, so be sure to check their compatible routers page before you buy a router to install DD-WRT.

Know that D-Link does not allow or support any firmware other than the one provided by them, so you are definitely voiding your warranty. In most cases you can always reflash it to stock firmware by D-Link in case you need to send it for warranty purposes. So know it's risky and things could go wrong during installation.

Steps

  1. Go to http://dd-wrt.com and click Router Database. Search for "D-Link DIR-882".

  2. You need to download two files. First download the "factory-to-ddwrt.bin" file and the dlink-dir882-a1-webflash.bin file. The file version changes, so download the latest file. My date for the file shows 2018-10-10.

  3. Now for the fun part. It's not easy as press upload on the router GUI and flashing DD-WRT firmware on the router, so you need to put your router in crash recovery mode to install the new firmware.

  4. To do this, press and hold the reset button on the router. While keeping that pressed, pull the power cable out and insert it back after 5-10 seconds.
    Now let go of the reset button. Wait for bout a minute or two and you will see the LEDs blinking red.

  5. Assign your computer an IP address of 192.168.0.2. You have to do this by going in the network settings and setting it as ‘manual’.

  6. Now open Chrome, Safari, Firefox or any browser. IE usually works better on older computers, especially Windows machines. Then goto http://192.168.0.1. The D-Link recovery page should display now. In case you don’t see it, then the recovery mode failed and you will have to repeat the above steps again.

  7. Browse to ddwrt.bin file and click Upload. Usually takes about 5-10mins.

  8. Once the process finishes uploading, remove the manual address on your computer, set it to DHCP or your regular method to obtain IP address to connect to the network.

  9. Try 192.168.1.1. and DD-WRT will open up. Create a username and password to login.

  10. Now goto Administration > Firmware Upgrade and browse to the "webflash.bin" file. You will have access to pretty awesome settings offered by DD-WRT.


Sushant S. Bhosale

Sushant S. Bhosale

Evil genius in Boston, loves Mumbai, 📷, 🐔burritos, ✈ and ☕️. Web developer in the day, caped hero by night. Exploring enthusiast

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