Hello everyone, have a nice and chill day.
First, I am not a native English speaker. I suppose it will work though.
In the beginning of January 2018, I bought 2 TP-Link WR1043N v5 when they were acutely cheap. One would remain as a backup. My plan was using the other one as a simple router for cable-based Internet access (normally 1 PC, up to 3 PCs) and sometimes a tap of WLAN (1 laptop, 1 smartphone), both via DSL below 16 MBit/s (ADSL2+) – nothing thrilling, that is for sure.
The center of attention for selecting that device was (expected) support for Open-Source firmware, ergo long-time IT security and support, if ever necessary. Other than safe, reliable and stable Internet access as well as a short manufacturer blacklist, there are no requirements. Maybe I will upgrade to 16 MBit/s in the next years.
Until switching to the new v5, I was using a very old All-in-one solution – ADSL2+ modem with router including telephony (basics) – from a popular producer of my country. The last (i. e. latest AND final) firmware release was years ago (!!!). Usually, their hardware does get constant firmware updates for quite a long time after release, while their customer support is regarded very varying. But their products are expensive, I distrust and dislike market leaders. Even more, they field modems et al. from my blacklist. Open-Source firmware seems not to be an option there, too.
So I thought I would just turn that old thing into modem-only mode (no security problem?), connect the WR1043N v5 with LEDE/OpenWrt inside, configuration, done. But unfortunately, my housemates insist on having a traditional in-house telephone.
I have tiny knowledge about telephony. Because of the local situation, that phone has to work with the router. The Internet (and thus telephoning) provider only allows VoIP with login credentials consisting of
- (selecting the Internet telephony provider)
- full international telephone nummer,
- "registrar" (domain name registrar, I guess) and
- a non-changeable password.
This is the way the ancient All-in-one's interface looks (not in English; disguised): http://fs1.directupload.net/images/180809/swzkstnn.jpg
My network hardware assortment comprises of
- two TL-WR1043N v5
- the ancient modem+router with telephony AiO, able to function as a pure modem
- an Asus DSL-AC68U modem+router – a VoIP model did not exist back then, does today [wail]
- (another ancient AiO with telephony basics, but without modem-only mode, I think).
If it helps, I am ready to
- buying a new telephone – the current being an ancient analog telephone with a RJ-11 connector
- buying cables
- buying adapters.
Now the TL-WR1043N v5 seems not to support any telephony with stock firmware. I could not find a way to enter my 3 (or 4) login credentials. On top of that, it does not offer a RJ-11 or "phone" port. I hoped installing LEDE/OpenWrt would fix the whole issue by somewhat magical means: Perhaps I could plug the telephone via RJ-45 cable(s) or adapter(s) and type in my strings into some 500 KB telephony extension or whatever...
After flashing a LEDE or OpenWrt file (openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tl-wr1043n-v5-squashfs-factory_4.bin, I suppose), learning the basic SSH command to mount LuCI and putting at least stun-client_0.96-7_ar71xx.ipk on it, I did not advance anywhere. As a result of my lack of knowledge (and skills?), I could not find a solution to my problems.
Due to the huge setback, I put the WR1043N v5 literally back on shelf. The ancient modem+router device continued its service in the meantime. It bugs me enormously, especially as I am security-oriented. Out of fear no one can help me – even on OpenWrt forums! – I did not do much since then.
Now here I am. 7 months have passed since purchase alone, not to speak of my long-standing planning. Please prove my sorrows wrong.
I would be pleased to deliver more information, like the exact OpenWrt build on the shelved v5. For now, I believe it is enough to judge the situation.