Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 19:58 Post subject: TL-WR1043ND V1.0 - how to switch FW? [SOLVED]
I have working (non bricked) rather old TP-Link TL-WR1043ND V1.0 (Atheros AR9132 rev 2 (0xb9), 32 MB RAM), with DD-WRT v3.0-r39290 std (03/26/19).
Everything works, but I am locked to this firmware and can't flash original or another DD-WRT version.
I tried the "tftp trick" (set my laptop IP to 192.168.0.66, tried also 192.168.1.66), and booted while holding reset button pressed with paper clip.
I can't see any tftp request (ran wireshark on ethernet interface). Any tftp server that I tried didn't show anything as well.
To be on the safe side - tried it when connected directly (laptop to LAN port), or via 1G desktop switch.
Doesn't matter what - router boots to the DD-WRT.
If I try to flash "revert to original" or any other DD-WRT image via its web interface, I get the message that flashing was successful, then it boots back to DD-WRT.
I can telnet to the router, I can connect USB stick to it, I have original firmware, and I can prepare strip version from it according to OpenWrt manual, if it helps - but if router doesn't reach out to pick it, or without instructions how to write it manually from telnet - I am stuck.
Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 21:51 Post subject: 1043ND v1
I used to have a 1043ND v1. Least stable router ever. It would randomly reboot almost every day. If you want a budget router go get a Archer C7. If you can't afford that go find a D-Link DIR-615 C1, E3/E4, I1. Those are slow has molasses but reliable as hell. Only flash the dlink via command line though.
Re unstability - I used it for about 10 years as Access Point, guest network, local DNS and DHCP - and it survived so far. Actually, it still works as kind of "dumb" access point on the attic, where I don't have a good WiFi coverage from main mesh system.
I wanted to convert it to the "test router" to replace the unit that my provider gave me, as it is too dumb, but apparently I'll build it myself based on PI4.
Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:23 Post subject: Test router
If you want a real test router with the best performance. DD-WRT on x86 or x86_64 with a couple of wifi cards is best. This is what tatsuya46 on here uses. I don't remember off hand which cards he uses though. _________________ Before asking a question on the forums, update dd-wrt: Where do I download firmware? I suggest reading it all.
QCA Best WiFi Settings
Some dd-wrt wiki pages are up to date, others are not. PM me if you find an old one.
Netgear R7800 - WDS AP, gateway, QoS
TP-Link Archer C7 v2 x2 - WDS Station
TP-Link TL-WDR3600 v1 - WDS Station
TP-Link 841nd v8 - WDS Station
D-Link 615 C1/E3/I1 x 7 - some gateway
D-Link 825 B1 - WDS Station
D-Link 862L A1 x2 - WDS Station
Netgear WNDR3700v2 - not used
UBNT loco M2 x2 - airOS
Linksys EA6400 - Gateway, QoS
Asus N66U - AP
Linksys 160N v3 x2 - not used
Netgear WNDR3700v3 - not used
UBNT EdgeRouter X - switch
Obviously I could buy / build a very strong enterprise grade set from purposely-purchased hardware. I was looking for a way to reuse something that I already have.
If this 1043 is not salvable, then the next-best approach is to use old PC (I have something laying around, and have enough NICs to put into it), but if experiment works - I wouldn't be able to fit it into "production environment" - my "communication closet", it just physically won't fit there
So, apparently, I will have to go PI4 way.
You should be able to flash via CLI over telnet/ssh per the Installation wiki. The version of firmware in the OP is newer than 33375. The 39290 build may have been during the issue of webflash via the webUI being broken (I don't have my crystal ball handy).
It works using the steps in the later edit.
Actually you have to wait until W/E stops and later reboot and I insist on rebooting.
My W/E sequence was kind of short and together with the error(Unlocking fullflash ...
flash : Could not unlock MTD device: fullflash)
made me think the flash failed.
But after reboot sent from putty client ... I am on latest version available. Also previous settings survived.