Hi guys, I have a question. I wanted to reset a router type TL-WR1043ND v1 from OPENwrt to factory new. Unfortunately I bricked it, so now WAN+Lan ports are glowing/lighting green. I can't get a LAN connection to it anymore. When I connect a router with a lan cable to pc, the lanadapter shows "unplugged" with a red X instead of identify network. I would like to use the TFTP method to flash it again.
The 8 - 10 reset isnt working too.
Hi, Jeff, thanks for your quick answer. What I don't quite understand about the TFTP method is that it works even though it is displayed in the Lan connection: Unplugged Cable? I already tried to assign an IP manually, but the adapter still shows unplugged :-(. Normally it should come: Unidentfied network or?
Ignore it; or use a Linux LiveCD so you are not distracted!
I understand the statements regarding the Windows notification icon; please ignore that icon! That message is not based on anything available during the TFTP process. You need to get an Auto MDI-X connection (Layer 2) to the interface, that's all. The "Unidentified network" icon is based on Layer 3 tests.
Also, your picture is of WiFi, it needs to be a wired connection.
Try the WAN port for TFTP if the LAN ports don't work.
If you configure your computer with a static/fixed IP of 192.168.0.66/24 (assuming that is the address that the TP-Link will look for) and plug it into a LAN port of your router, it hopefully will just "magically" work. Yes, Windows will complain that you can't reach the Internet, but that's expected.
What should happen is
The TP-Link modem starts to boot and "sees" that you're pressing the reset button
It switches to firmware-download mode and sets its LAN port to 192.168.0.68/24 (or something like that)
It "asks" if there is a host on the network with the address 192.168.0.66
Your computer says, "yes, here I am with 192.168.0.66
The tftp client in the router connects to your tftp server
It asks to download the firmware by its special filename
Your tftp server starts sending the file (hopefully you don't need to do anything with buttons or commands with your tftp server)
It checks the file it received, flashes it to itself, then reboots itself
Once you've done it once, it becomes a lot clearer and less "scary".
and your device is recent enough (circa 2011, v1.8+)
might be something to check if it doesn't.
If you've got challenges, installing wireshark may help. Windows installers are available. We can give more guidance if you've tried it a few times without success to try to figure out why not.