1 (edited by otlabs 2013-07-28 04:17:41)

Topic: Mercury MW4530R

Yesterday I realized that one of forum members told me about Mercury MW4530R Wi-Fi router and I have not paid due attention to this device.


Mercury MW4530R is a cheap clone of well-known TP-Link TL-WDR4310 router, so the device has double band wi-fi, giga ethernet switch and 1 USB port (big brother has 2 of them), 128MiB RAM and 8MiB flash (hope someone can mod it for bigger capacity). Looks like it is the most powerful and equipped device on Atheros platform so far.

Manufacturer's website: http://mercurycom.com.cn/Product/detail?pd=89 (Google's translation: http://translate.google.com/translate?s … %3Fpd%3D89).

I checked the prices for this router on AliExpress and you can get it for about 60USD shipping included (http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?SearchText=Mercury+MW4530R). It is about US $20 cheaper than TL-WDR4310. I think it has very attractive price.

In Patchwork you can find a proposed patch which brings full support for this device in trunk (http://patchwork.openwrt.org/patch/3856/), so I expect we can get it working very soon.

I am placing my order for this unit right now.

I have created a stub article for this device in wiki (http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/mercury/mw4530r), please contribute with your knowledge and experience.

I was thinking to use this Mercury as torrent server and/or Tor website server. Please, comment if you have any experience on subject. Thank you!

Re: Mercury MW4530R

MW4530R is very popular in China.You can download OP firmware (based on attitude adjustment) on (http://pan.baidu.com/share/link?shareid … 4530R%208M)
If you upgrade your router to 16MiB,you can use http://pan.baidu.com/share/link?(sharei … 30R%2016M)
Sorry for my poor English:)

Re: Mercury MW4530R

Oh, it's a bunch of different firmware files! I see one with webcam built-in support! Thank you @zy900114!

Could you please check your second link as I am unable to open it? I assume it should be http://pan.baidu.com/share/link?shareid … 530R%2016M , am I right?

Re: Mercury MW4530R


5 (edited by otlabs 2013-07-28 15:49:57)

Re: Mercury MW4530R

Series of patches introduced today add support for Mercury MW4530R in trunk:


Re: Mercury MW4530R

There's a long thread about MW4530r on a Chinese WIFI forum


all builds are moded  by haxc.

In fact,Chinese openwrter has done most things except official support.

Re: Mercury MW4530R

it has a hardware NAT. If this version support it?

Re: Mercury MW4530R

this patchs is working: https://github.com/gzf/openwrt-local/blob/master/patches/mw4530r-support

support RESET BUTTON,my mod firmware is with the patchs

thx the ptachs for Zhifeng Gu

Re: Mercury MW4530R

Any ideas if current trunk releases support this guy or will be supporting it soon? 

Its a little hard to figure out what is the best and most current firmware on the chinese pages.


Re: Mercury MW4530R

trunk already has support for this model

Re: Mercury MW4530R

Took some pictures of the box and the unit:


Re: Mercury MW4530R

This is my blog
I use that mw4530r
Provides mw4530r Gargoyle firmware (multi-lingual)

Google translate addresses
http://translate.google.com/translate?s … 1orjy.html

13 (edited by mosheas 2014-02-15 16:54:21)

Re: Mercury MW4530R

Hello friends
My router MW4530r is bricked sad so I need copy of"art" partition sent to me , it's  MTD4
can you help Me ?
on SSH please command :
dd if=/dev/mtd4 of=/tmp/art.backup
Then copy this "art backup" to your PC via WinSCP or some other way 


Re: Mercury MW4530R

I thought that "art" partition is individual for each router and not interchangeable (but I can be wrong).

Re: Mercury MW4530R

What would I need to do in order to get a JFFS2 firmware loaded onto these?  We do a lot of writing and JFFS2 works better for us.  I see in this patch:


looks like it is only sending for squashfs.  Any ideas?