Partially bricked a TP-Link TL-WA1201 v2 with OpenWrt SNAPSHOT r23610-844bb4bfad

Hello out there,

a few minutes ago I installed OpenWRT on a TP-Link TL-WA1201 v2. I did a reset in the stock firmware and flashed the OpenWrt SNAPSHOT r23610-844bb4bfad via the web interface as described on the device page (

Now the AP starts, but I can't open LUCI on The page can't be found. I have access over SSH.

What is the best way to bring the AP up and running with LUCI from here?

Thank you all.

Snapshot images do not contain LuCI. Just install it via opkg. As an alternative, use the image builder to generate an image with LuCI included.

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thanks a lot.

Can I flash a complete image over the snapshot by SSH?

Thank you.

Sure, just transfer the image via scp and then run sysupgrade as usual.

scp /media/ramdisk/openwrt-22.03.5-ath79-generic-tplink_tl-wa1201-v2-squashfs-factory.bin root@

...leads to:

ash: /usr/libexec/sftp-server: not found
scp: Connection closed


...leads to:

Downloading ''
Failed to send request: Operation not permitted

Wrong question

check your network config

if you're upgrading/flashing while already running Openwrt, use the sysupgrade image.

Thanks. You're right. Don't have internet access.

Is there another way to copy a bin file to OpenWRT?

Question should be, why doesn't it have internet access ?

I'm directly connected to a computer's lan port.

Think I got it. Sorry. It's late. Thanks to all.

You need the -O option to copy via SCP instead of SFTP:

scp -O /media/ramdisk/openwrt-22.03.5-ath79-generic-tplink_tl-wa1201-v2-squashfs-factory.bin root@

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I had the same exact problem as OP but after putting the factory snapshot with SCP to the AP and issuing a sysupdate I have waited for 2hours and now I cannot access it even through SSH. Do You have any advice for me?

Thanks for the warning. I'll wait until I know more...

On the same device?

The factory images are only for first-time installation. You should have transferred a sysupgrade image instead.

You can always restore using the TFTP method, assuming that you are using the exact same device as the OP. If you have a different device, please create a new thread.

Or maybe it was an update one now when You mention this. This is irrelevant now I guess
Can You explain how to do this using TFTP? I have read through the manuals but I am not sure even when to start.

Please tell us first if you are using the exact same device, i.e. a TL-WA1201v2, or a different device.

Yes, the same of course

See the link in the OP's first message:

I can't tell you more than what's in the Wiki, I'm not familiar with this device. There might be another way to trigger a TFTP recovery to restore the OEM firmware - that would save you the trouble of disassembly and attaching serial console. Some TP-Link devices have such a restore feature, some don't.

There is some information in the porting thread here.

That said: The Wiki page is outdated, there is a stable OpenWrt 22.03 build, so no need for snapshot unless you have good reason to:

That's a shame, because the page tells that even for TFTP there need's to be a soldered connection to establish terminal connection. Now, I am not a soldering novice but I was unsuccessful in soldering those pins.
I tried connecting through webbrowser, Putty, and WinSCP. Nothing works at the moment. Only power LED is on for the whole time. Not even a single blink so I cannot enter failsafe mode.
Any clues?