Ok so I've given it my all on this router.
It's giving no effort to connect to a TFTP server.
Tried a few different lappys, a couple different bits of software, one that I know works because I flashed a wr841 not too long ago.
I've inspected it in wireshark, absolutely nothing coming from it, it just boots like normal.
I'm doing the only methods I've found, just hold reset and plug it in. Some say release after the light comes on, some after 5 sec, some say just hold it until the TFTP software says it transferred one.
None of these are doing anything.
SO naturally I tore it open and hooked on my usb uart based on a PL-2303 chip. I just probed before the empty pads most bridge with solder because I don't have any solder kit at work. And nothing at all here either, no serial output. I'm using the normal tplink settings, 115200, 8n1, no parity, no flow.
Getting desperate, I found a ddwrt bin I could flash from the tplink webgui. That went successfully so I then tried flashing openwrt from the ddwrt webgui, and nothing. I then tried flashing factory, also didn't work, just rebooted ddwrt.
What is wrong with this stupid router, nothing works.