Hello all. I'm making a last-ditch attempt to make use of my Google OnHub before it gets tossed into the bin. As far as I know, the device hardware should be in good working order. I brought it offline about 2 years prior when I learned about its deprecation. However, it would have come in handy today as a way to extend the reach of home WiFi.
I learned that there is OpenWRT support, so I decided to try it out. Unfortunately, it's not going well, and I'd appreciate some help.
My understanding is that it is no longer possible to configure the device using the factory software, as support has been withdrawn. So I'm trying OpenWRT.
I read a few of the preexisting topics on this very forum about the installation. Unfortunately none of the topics seem to treat my situation:
- OnHub (TPLink) OpenWrt Install - Connection Refused
- Onhub TP-LINK TGR1900 future support?
- Support for Asus SRT-AC1900 (OnHub)? - #9 by bnorris
I was following the instructions from:
I followed the steps and all was well until step 11. I'm not sure if the device booted as expected. I do get to see a multi-colored ring, but I could not call it 'rainbow'. Rather, it alternates orange and red only. You can see a video here:
I could not find any topics that clearly explain (1) whether anyone else saw this color combo; nor (2) what exactly are the color combos that one should expect. So without access to a serial console, I can not be sure if what I'm seeing is expected or not
Furthermore, the ethernet ports never get turned on. I compared the OpenWRT boot with the factory boot (which happens if I remove the USB stick and power-cycle the device): with a factory boot, the device will turn on the Ethernet ports, and this will be seen on the far end on the hub as a green LED.
With the USB stick, and following the reboot protocol described in the instructions, I get the orange-red rainbow circle and the Ethernet ports never turn on.
I haven't yet attached to the device serial port so I don't know what is actually going on, but perhaps this may be familiar to someone who can advise.
I think I went about the installation correctly as far as I can tell:
- Tried with a 4G and a 32G USB stick with same results.
- Tried with various Ethernet cables. All are tested and known to work. None show any activity on the any of the ethernet ports.
Since the ports are not activated, I am not expecting to see anything at
192.168.1.1 and indeed I do not.
What to do?