Please select a model and download HotspotOS.
You have to match the exact AP / WiFi router version to prevent issues.




Please reset the router to factory settings to avoid problems with some previous configuration.

Connect your computer by network cable to the LAN port.
Please log in to the D-link web interface at
When the Windows Security window appears, type admin as the username in the top field and type admin as the password in the bottom field.


Be sure and untick Keep settings option before HotspotOS installation.

After you have downloaded the HotspotOS for your router model, click Browse to locate it on your hard drive.
Click Upload to complete the HotspotOS installation.


During this process, you will see information about the processing.

Do not power off the router during the HotspotOS installation, as it can cause the device to crash or become unusable.

Reconnect LAN cable or Disable/Enable NIC card in order to get new valid IP address in 10.200.0.x range from router.

Configuring parameters

Start your browser and in URL field type to login to HotspotOS.

Username: admin
Password: admin

Press the Login button to access to Status tab.

On the HotSpotOS Status page, you can check AP MAC address, Public IP, device Uptime, Radius and Cloud status, and a number of users connected to AP.

The MAC address of your AP will be used in the SignUp process.

During SignUp, after typing HotSpot name, select as HotSpot model HotspotOS, and add your MAC address from the Status tab.

From the Setup page configure your AP.

The Hotspot is started and the Autostart and Inactivity Logout options are active by default.

Inactivity Logout is set to 900 sec. Inactivity period defines how long will the device stay logged-in without activity. This prevents repeated logins if connection temporarily breaks.

https redirect defines if https websites will be redirected to the splash page. Default and recommended is disabled, to prevent https browser certificate errors.

DNS Web Filtering – disabled
DNS Web Filter IP –
Auto Update – enabled

By default as Network WAN Connection is set DHCP, but you can choose network protocol based on your needs. Our recommendation is to use DHCP Network Protocol.

WiFi channels – Eleven channels are designated in the 2 GHz range, spaced 5 MHz apart from each other. Those eleven channels in the spectrum are allowed anywhere in the world.

DNS – Custom
IP –

Please note, if the DNS IP address isn’t the whitelist will have no effect.

Save changes.

From the SSID tab, you can Enable SSID 1 and 2.
Configure the SSID name and enable it.
Secondary SSID 2 is mostly used for staff WiFi with WPA2 password but you can also enable Hotspot on it.

If you want to use Social network login feature or Paypal as payment gateway, enable it on the Whitelist tab and Save changes.

You can also whitelist websites based on URL, IP, or MAC.

From the System tab, you can flash HotspotOS image and change Admin password.

When you finish setup, restart the AP / WiFi router to apply changes.

Download HotspotOS

Flash instructions

HotspotOS factory firmware can be installed through TFTP:

1 In the D-link interface under administration: enable ssh (or telnet)
2 Install and run an TFTP server on your host, make HotspotOS firmware file available on this TFTP server
3 Connect to DAP-2695 from that same host using putty (or any other ssh client)
4 In the DAP-2695 command line interface type (replace the name of firmware and host ip-address, respectively):
tftp getfirmware dap2553-firmware-v100-r0018.bin
5 After successful download, type:

HotspotOS is now installed and running.

Download HotspotOS

Download HotspotOS

Download HotspotOS

Flash instructions

Flashing HotspotOS over factory firmware

Later versions of this router with Rev. B1 and F/W 2.03b02 don’t have an open bootloader and there is also no factory image for this router.

In order to build one, the correct signature needs to be appended to the end of the sysupgrade file with a tool found in the GPL toolchain download from D-Link.

These are the necessary steps:

Download SDK from https://tsd.dlink.com.tw/GPL.asp that corresponds to your hardware version. The firmware version shouldn’t matter as the tool should be the same for all versions.
Extract the tarball in the source subdirectory.
Fnd the tool ncc_att_hwid (should be in source/user/wolf/cameo/ncc/hostTools)
Download the sysupgrade image for the DIR-810L
Modify it like so: ./ncc_att_hwid -f /tmp/hotspotos-ramips-mt7620-dir-810l-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin -m DIR-810L -H B1 -r WW -c 1.0 -F 2.03b02 -a
Recovery mode wouldn’t accept it but the normal factory web interface does.

Download HotspotOS
Download HotspotOS Sysupgrade

Flash instructions

1. Upgrade the factory.bin through the factory web interface or the u-boot
failsafe interface. The firmware will boot up correctly for the first time.
Do not power off the device after HotspotOS has booted. Otherwise the u-boot
will enter failsafe mode as the checksum of the firmware has been changed.
2. Upgrade the sysupgrade.bin in HotspotOS.
After upgrading completes the u-boot won’t complain about the firmware
checksum and it’s OK to use now.
3. If you powered off the device before upgrading the sysupgrade.bin, just
upgrade the factory.bin through the u-boot failsafe interface and then go to
step 2.

Download HotspotOS

Download HotspotOS

Flash instructions

Firmware upgrade via normal firmware upgrade page. Rename image to something short (dl869.bin, e.g.)

Download HotspotOS

Download HotspotOS

Download HotspotOS

Download HotspotOS

Download HotspotOS

Download HotspotOS


If you need help with configuration, please go to starthotspot.com and contact our tech support. We’ll be glad to help you.

Updated on July 30, 2021

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