Adding OpenWrt support for TL-WA1201 v2

which version did you test?

I flashed it via the OEM interface with openwrt-ath79-generic-tplink_tl-wa1201-v2-squashfs-factory.bin from your advertised link above.

My smartphone does connect to the 5GHz and that seems to work.

But no dice with 2.4GHz. So far neither my smartphone nor my 8 years old laptop (2.4GHz only) can connect or even see the 2.4GHz networks I configured.

Edit: Okay so apparently the 2.4GHz antennas don't like sitting literally next to a table leg made out of a metal tube. Moved the AP ever so slightly and now the 2.4GHz networks show up and work.

Bought one of these recently because of the stock firmware's multi-SID VLAN support. Wasn't thinking about OpenWrt which I'm running on my core + gateway routers.
Is there another tag imminent brought up to 21.02 release? Or do I have to get stuck in sooner rather than later and learn how to build OpenWrt myself using your patches?
Thanks for the sterling work either way, @bluewww. :slight_smile:

Meant to ask. Does your rc1 binary include the Luci interface? If so, I might give it a try as is. Thanks.

Update: Oh I see - it appears that your patc is already in. Thanks.

For anyone else who finds this thread, I've built the binaries from the 21.02 tag and flashed my WA1201. All working swimmingly. I've currently got 4 SSIDs duplicated on both phy radios using 802.11q VLAN trunking to my main (also OpenWrt) router which has the same SSIDs. I've configured 802.11r rapid handoff (PSK mode) and my client devices are jumping from one to the other seamlessly.

My current binary has a few things built-in that shouldn't be as I was still learning the ropes with the Kconfig. I'll post a more sensible one somewhere soonish.

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the patch is in master but not in v21.02. What version did you build?

Hello, Maybe this firmware will work for Comfast CF-EW75. the chips that this article has posted are the same as my AP specs. will this one work? can someone confirm if it can be installed using the web interface of the CF-EW75?


To prevent any confusion: The patch for supporting this device is in the openwrt master branch but not in the v21.02 release (It didn't make it). I'm personally running v21.02 plus the patch from master on my two tl-wa1021v2 since a few weeks now.

The firmware images I posted in the links above are outdated. I can make some builds upon request.

Please could you post some updated builds with patches. I've been trying to return two of these devices to amazon lately with no luck as they just keep dropping connections when more than 30 devices go through them across the 4 SSID's. I've tried every combo of settings and cant get more than a couple of days uptime before they reboot and drop everything. Would love to give them one last ditch attempt before they go in the bin.

does that happen with stock firmware or openwrt?

my devices have an uptime of about 25 days (openwrt) but I never had that many devices connecting to them.

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Try the release he posted from may. My 4 devices have been working with that firmware without problems for the last 81 days.

This happens with the stock firmware.
It's a known fault allegedly as the tplink community forums have a number of posts about similar issues and they have released two or three beta firmwares.
I've tried these also to no avail.

I was about to call it a day and start looking for new hardware but remembered I used openwrt a few years ago for different hardware and googled to see if there was a build for this model.

Will give the older build a try first but recent binarys would be excellent.

Indeed stock firmware crashes for me after roughly after one or two days of usage with less than four devices connected to it. That prompted me to do this OpenWRT port.

The only thing I know that is unstable on OpenWRT is WDS mode (my recommendation: just use mesh networking instead). The ath10k-ct firmware crashes in mysterious ways in that case.

Going to flash your build from May this evening and see how I get on.
Fingers crossed!

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I guess that the "Bug" with "Device is not active" when setting the 5GHz radio to channel 100 stems from it taking a super long time to listen for weather radar activity before actually turning the device on for transmission.
Can't test this theory right now because all my devices are in use, but they should theoretically turn on eventually.

Complete NOOB w/ OpenWrt but not with networking. I'm trying to get a TL-WA1201 to access the corporate WiFi in "Client" mode (need wifi for system that only has ethernet, no ability to install a new adapter). Problem is we use WPA2-EAP and the AP only supports PSK out of the box. I've read a good bit of the docs and many posts on this site but now I have more questions than answers. Can someone here please provide a cookbook on how to acquire and load (or build if need be) a good binary of OpenWrt with the proper packages for this device, and how to configure it? TIA

Go to System->Software and check what version of "wpad" you have installed. It's likely going to be "wpad-basic-wolfssl" or "wpad-mini", which has the basic encryption algorithms most people need but not all of them. If you remove that and install "wpad" (some people refer to it as "wpad-full", but it's actually just called "wpad") instead, you should be able to select WPA2-EAP for the encryption of your wireless network in client mode.

Can you please upload new images? Thanks a lot.

I updated the images. They are customized according to my needs (check config.buildinfo) but that shouldn't be a problem.

Hi all

I made a mistake when trying to revert my device to stock firmware.

Now it's just sitting with the power light on.

I can get it to boot and pull an image from TFTP, but still nothing.

I've tried the stock TP link binary, and the squash-fs factory (renamed to TL-WA1201v2_tp_recovery.bin so the tftp boot picks up the file).

Please can anyone assist in unbricking?

Thanks in advance



What mistake?