Half-dead router

Hey guys. I really need those patch for a router TL-WR1043ND v4 but couldnt find a good one. After a while I have found your site and a version to use for my router.

I downloaded lede-ar71xx-generic-tl-wr1043nd-v4-squashfs-factory.bin а installed it through version update. After reboot I cant access at all. BUT! But! Router actually works!

SSID now is LEDE and there is no password. The original hardware was complete garbage, router lagged like every 2 minutes(that is freking new router).

Any idea how can I revert all I have done wrong.. Gosh, this router was pretty expensive :frowning:

First try to connect to your router's IP ( by default) via ssh (root, empty/ no password), only if that doesn't work you can try firstboot. If nothing helps at all, you might hjave a chance to recover via tftp, but that shouldn't be required and holds additionally risks.

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Wow, I thought it is already dead. Thank you for your reply very much.

Im in, whats next? I guess this guide (https://lede-project.org/docs/user-guide/failsafe_and_factory_reset)?

Also, if there is any ability to finnish installation through SSH right now that would be awesome!

Why I need this firmware is because of constant lags on the official one.. That was so annoying that i made this brave and stupid move. I guess this firmware could fix those lag spikes.

ONE MORE TIME: I am really glad that you have answered me.

That page indeed describes the firstboot/ factory reset method.

However, I really don't think you'll need it. The way you describe your situation, I rather think that you installed a development snapshot (which are built without luci, the webinterface, being preinstalled), that means your only method of access to the router is via ssh and the terminal. This is a completely normal mode of operation and not in need of recovering, as you can either install luci by hand or flash the release firmware (which comes with luci preinstalled) normally - or forgo the webinterface completely and configure everything via the cli. Don't take the big hammer prematurely, when a chisel would do.

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Oh I see. I was that angry on myself that didnt even understood what I have done. (that was a snapshot files)

So Luci is like GUI? I guess I need here those graphic interface, elseway that would take me like eternity to use it later. Couldn't find any Luci installation guide here.

Try running the following commands via SSH:

opkg update
opkg install luci
/etc/init.d/uhttpd start
/etc/init.d/uhttpd enable

Then in your browser go to

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Man... You're a GOD. Both of you. Thank you very much.

Now I will find another way to break it once more :slight_smile:

Why not use the stable 17.01 release? That has the LuCI web interface included by default.

You can use sysupgrade (don't keep settings) with this image from your present trunk firmware.

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Thx for reply! There more to install? But whats new will bring that update? Like is there any reason to update?

And how to update here? I need to place your link into "Download and install package" field in software?

It's a stable release; so it's not a moving target. Say you'd like to install packages next week, you won't get any errors because e.g. kernel modules are not matching the installed kernel anymore, and stuff like that.

To update your firmware, you need to log in through SSH (on Windows with e.g. PuTTY):

ssh root@
cd /tmp/
wget https://downloads.lede-project.org/releases/17.01.0/targets/ar71xx/generic/lede-17.01.0-r3205-59508e3-ar71xx-generic-tl-wr1043nd-v4-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin
sysupgrade lede-17.01.0-r3205-59508e3-ar71xx-generic-tl-wr1043nd-v4-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin

Back up your settings before you flash (the backups are just tarballs you can unpack with e.g. 7zip). Since trunk and stable haven't diverged a lot yet, you should be able to keep your settings, but if your router starts acting weird, it might be a good idea to reset and configure from scratch, with your backup as a reference.

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Oook... So.. This is kind of safe version and there is no need to care about it anymore in future untill I want those new features or smth.

There was no need to use SSH once more. There is very useful tab called "Flash operations" where you can backup and update firmware. Thank you for your advice very much @Borromini ! This forum is full of smart and kind people, I respect this and the product you support.