I remember how I bricked it, so if that helps ..
I downloaded the factory images for my TP-Link 1043N V5 and tried to use the sysupgrade command with it. When I got errors, I did this -
# cd /tmp /tmp # mtd -r openwrt-18.06.1-ar71xx-generic-tl-wr1043n-v5-squashfs-factory.bin firmware
Right now, I'm only getting a light on the power LED and nothing else. If I reboot the router, the power LED blinks only once and then stays on without blinking. I'm not seeing any other light on any other LED.
I wasn't able to enter the failsafe mode and I tried using the reset button but that isn't helping either. Pressing the reset button at boot just switches on the last LED (with two arrows on either direction) for a few seconds and then the power LED is the only LED that is on.
Can this router be saved without opening it?