TP-Link C6 Router - Firmware Upgrade

Please note: that this is for the Archer C6 hardware version 2 router.
At the time of publishing, TP Link have not updated their South African website with firmware for the Archer C6 V2. However this router's firmware is usually available from the US site.

IMPORTANT: To prevent upgrade failures, please read the following before proceeding with the upgrade process

  • Please upgrade firmware from the local TP-Link official website of the purchase location for your TP-Link device, otherwise it will be against the warranty. Please click here to change site if necessary.
  • Please verify the hardware version of your device for the firmware version. Wrong firmware upgrade may damage your device and void the warranty. (Normally V1.x=V1)
    How to find the hardware version on a TP-Link device?
  • Do NOT turn off the power during the upgrade process, as it may cause permanent damage to the product.
  • To avoid wireless disconnect issue during firmware upgrade process, it's recommended to upload firmware with wired connection unless there is no LAN/Ethernet port on your TP-Link device.
  • It's recommended that users stop all Internet applications on the computer, or simply disconnect Internet line from the device before the upgrade.
  • Use decompression software such as WinZIP or WinRAR to extract the file you download before the upgrade.

1. It is recommended, when possible, to do a firmware upgrade via a cable connection to the router.

2. Open your web browser and navigate to or; You will be greeted by one of the pages below:

3. Enter the following:

Username: admin
Password: admin or coolideas1

3.1. If you've logged in (or recently reset your router) you will need to create a new password and then click 'Let's get started'. Please then skip to step 5.

4. Click on Login.

5. On the Quick Setup screen click on Advanced.

6. You will then be directed to the status page of your router.

7. In the left hand navigation menu choose the System Tools option.

8. Then choose Firmware Upgrade from the submenu

9. Take note of the firmware version and hardware version of your router.

10. Navigate to the TP-Link website and download the more recent version of your router firmware and ensuring that you are downloading firmware for the correct router model and hardware version.