Nanopi R1 SD/512 MB no connection over lan

Ive prepared an SDcard using balena etcher with squash as below

  • openwrt-22.03.2-sunxi-cortexa7-friendlyarm_nanopi-r1-squashfs-sdcard.img.gz

when i boot the nanopi using the sdcard I'm not getting an IP adress using the Lan port to my linuxlaptop

I tried rewriting the image multiple times with the same result.
the system led on the nanopi is flashing red.
the laptop ethernet port works fine with another router.

What could be wrong ?