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WE826 | WG3526 | WE3926 | WE1326 | WE1026 - Flashing the Firmware

Post by JimHelms » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:14 pm

This tutorial will demonstrate the process of flashing the firmware on the WE826-T router. The procedure is the same for other WE | WG LTE routers with the only difference is selecting the correct firmware for the router.

The WE|WG series of routers are loaded with OpenWRT firmware. Some users may find the OEM firmware adequate. Others may prefer a different build of firmware to accommodate special requirements. Still others may simply want to explore different firmware builds.

On of the more popular firmware builds for this router is GoldenOrb. It has been perfected over time and is compatible with a multitude of 3G|4G|LTE USB modems as well as the line of Sierra Wireless mini PCI-e modem cards and USB 4G dongles. It is by far the best firmware we have seen to date, and its forum based support group is second to none.

UPDATE 03-17-2019: The latest version of WiFiX and GoldenOrb for the WE826-T2 appears to have random WiFi and thru-put issues. Until these are resolved, it recommended to use this earlier build of GoldenOrb

As always when upgrading a router's firmware, be certain to UNCHECK the box to Save Settings.

The 2019 edition of GoldenOrb for all routers are also available. You can download this version of GoldenOrb firmware for the router you are wanting to flash.

Place the downloaded firmware in a folder that is easily accessible--for instance, your PC desktop.

1. Open a web browser and type the routers default IP address of and hit Enter on your keyboard

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When the OpenWRT LuCI (web interface) opens:

2. Type the WE826 OpenWRT default Username “root”

3. Type the WE826 OpenWRT default Password “admin”

4. Click the “Login” button

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Once logged in to the OpenWRT LuCI:

5. Select the “System” tab on top of the toolbar

6. Select the “Backup/Flash Firmware” from the drop-down menu

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When the “Flash operations” page opens:

7. Remove the check mark from the “Keep settings” box

8. Click on the “Choose File” button and direct the window to the WE826 file folder on the desktop containing the GoldenOrb firmware

9. Select the lede-we826-G02017-xx-xx.bin firmware. It should now appear in the File name window

10. Click the “Open” button

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11. Once again, make sure the “Keep Settings” box is unchecked

12. Check that the firmware image you selected is the correct

13. Click on the “Flash image” button

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14. When the “Flash Firmware—Verify” page opens, you have the option to “Checksum” and compare its number to that of the original file number. The Checksum numbers are SHA256 and may be verified at the Github site.

15. Click the “Proceed” button to begin flashing the firmware

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16. The “System—Flashing” page will now appear. Play careful attention to the information. Allow several minutes for the flashing process. Leave your web browser open and, once flashed, GoldenOrb LuCI should open automatically

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You are now ready to login and configure WiFiX/GoldenOrb using this TUTORIAL.

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