Note that Recovery mode does not appear to work with all USB drives (for example, some newer USB 3.0 flash drives). If the device appears not to be accepting your USB drive, try swapping for a different one.
I do not have the device, but sure bet, the USB stick is not accepted, if the LED won’t turn off. Try a different stick.
I ran through all this for several hours last night. Couple problems.
When going through the recovery on the wifi point it never reboots and pulses blue. I get a solid blue for an hour or two and eventually I'll unplug power and boot it up myself. Then I get pulsing blue and the device is factory reset. Is that ok?
When loading openwrt onto a flash drive is there any steps to prep the drive or just dump the .bin file onto the drive? I'm not seeing any steps in the installation instructions and folks have mentioned running dd here but the instructions aren't there now. When I reboot after hitting sw7 it doesn't seem to boot up with the new firmware. I'm never able to ping the device and eventually it reboots flashing purple again.
Think all I need is to confirm why it's not booting the openwrt file. Then I'll be grand.
I've tried 2 separate hubs. 1 apple hub that came with my MacBook and another generic one I've had laying around. Says it's a Dadocool model DC30 USB-C to 3 Port USB 3.0 Hub. I had to try 5 different USB flash drives before I could find one that seemed to work with the recovery image. Both hubs worked for me.
The simple and natural answer would always be, because that's the only version the original porter had available…
If you want support for new/ different devices, 'someone' will have to do the necessary leg-work - if in doubt, that 'someone' will end to be you, yourself, because you're the only one with a) the hardware and b) the motivation to get it supported.
I also wanna step in and say it doesn't seem like he's the only one. At least I have already 3 devices running one of them is an AC-1304 and 2 NLS1304. All worked with the wiki procedure, but I needed a USB splitter. No luck with hubs so far.
Unfortunately now I got another ac-1304, but can't get it to load factory image. In my case the same stick worked already on 3 devices. So I guess there has to be something else wrong.
@MightyCraic You need to burn the openwrt.bin to a stick, that means you need to extract it. I used the image writer of Ubuntu and it worked to get openwrt running.
I also ordered now a USB-c breakout board to build an own debug cable that is described.
But I would need help to step up. I guess there is a newer version of Google software installed that prevents the old factory reset...
Would appreciate if there is still development ongoing