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

Post by JimHelms » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:38 am

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 until the restore user interface loads into the web browser. It should not take over 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 start settling down (10 to 15 seconds) release the reset button and give it a few minutes for the Menu to appear.

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

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WiFiX custom GoldenOrb firmware

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

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

Post by chrisb » 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

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

Post by JimHelms » Wed May 08, 2019 9:39 am

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.

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

Post by chrisb » Thu May 09, 2019 6:04 pm

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.

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

Post by MrEdLu » Wed May 15, 2019 8:29 am

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.

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

Post by gedster314 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:15 am

Just curious what is different about the Custom Golden Orb and the regular Golden Orb?

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