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WE826 | WG3526 | WE3926 | WE1326 | WE1026 - Firmware Recovery Mode

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:38 am
by JimHelms
To access the WE/WG's boot loader menu:

1. Connect an Ethernet cable from the router LAN port to your PC.

2. Change your PC's IP address on the network card to 192.168.1.5 and reboot your PC.


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3. Open your web browser to 192.168.1.1

4. Clear the cache in your web browser (i.e., press Ctrl and F5 at same time, may vary by web browser being used).

5. Remove the power from the router.

6. Press and hold the reset button on the rear of the router (and don’t let go) and plug the power back in.

7. Keep holding the reset button for several seconds until the restore user interface loads into the web browser. It should take less than a minute.

8. If the restore interface failed to load in the web browser, repeat the process, only this time watch the LED lights on the router.

9. When the LED’s light up across the router, and then settles down (2 to 5 seconds) to only one or two LED's, release the reset button and the Menu should appear. You may have to refresh you web browser.

NOTE: This can be an aggravating process and may take several tries to succeed. As one member remarked, its all about timing (i.e., knowing when to release the reset button) that, after succeeding a few times, develops a sort of touch to the timing. In short, be patient. The method will work.

In the event your boot loader screen comes up in Chinese, see this TOPIC

FIRMWARE:

WiFiX custom GoldenOrb firmware

All GoldenOrb firmware builds

WE826 | WG3526 | WE1326 | WE1026-5G OEM OpenWRT firmware

Re: WE826 | WG3526 | WE3926 | WE1326 | WE1026 - Firmware Recovery Mode

Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 8:32 am
by chrisb
This really helped me out. I purchased a ZBT WE826-T2 from AliExpress and it had an OEM firmware that wouldn’t let me connect to AT&T or T-Mobile. I followed the “default” steps here, on GoldenOrb and OpenWRT and kept getting a chinese error message that said the firmware was invalid. This little post got me right up and running! Thank you so much! My only wish is that this was linked at the bottom of the “Installation” instructions as many devices coming from China are shipped with a custom firmware that doesn’t seem to play well with others.

Thanks again!
Chris

Re: WE826 | WG3526 | WE3926 | WE1326 | WE1026 - Firmware Recovery Mode

Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 9:39 am
by JimHelms
chrisb wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 8:32 am
This really helped me out. I purchased a ZBT WE826-T2 from AliExpress and it had an OEM firmware that wouldn’t let me connect to AT&T or T-Mobile. I followed the “default” steps here, on GoldenOrb and OpenWRT and kept getting a chinese error message that said the firmware was invalid. This little post got me right up and running! Thank you so much! My only wish is that this was linked at the bottom of the “Installation” instructions as many devices coming from China are shipped with a custom firmware that doesn’t seem to play well with others.

Thanks again!
Chris
That is true. We special order our WiFiX version with a standard build of OpenWRT to avoid these issues.

Re: WE826 | WG3526 | WE3926 | WE1326 | WE1026 - Firmware Recovery Mode

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 6:04 pm
by chrisb
I sure wish I'd found this site before I bought this batch of routers. I found ltehacks trying to figure out all the problems with my AliExpress units and the ones in the shop here are actually cheaper, have the right modems, the right antennas and high amperage power supplies so we don't drop connections... you don't have to fuss with any of it.

Re: WE826 | WG3526 | WE3926 | WE1326 | WE1026 - Firmware Recovery Mode

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:29 am
by MrEdLu
I find running a continuous ping against 192.168.1.1 is a good way to know when to release the reset button in step 7. Release as soon as there is a ping response from 192.168.1.1.

Re: WE826 | WG3526 | WE3926 | WE1326 | WE1026 - Firmware Recovery Mode

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:15 am
by gedster314
Just curious what is different about the Custom Golden Orb and the regular Golden Orb?

Re: WE826 | WG3526 | WE3926 | WE1326 | WE1026 - Firmware Recovery Mode

Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:43 pm
by LateParrot
Something not mentioned here is that the bootloader runs on http and not https. Most cases luci-ssl is enabled and neither chrome or firefox will switch between them automagically.

If you're getting pings from the router but can't access luci or the bootloader check the address bar and make sure you aren't trying to use ssl.