I am totally confused with an old TP-Link TL-WR1043N/ND v1.8. After I had no space, I set it up new. Everything was fine, Wifi was setup and discovered by a mobile phone. Nothing special.
I used halt with ssh. Could that be a problem?
Then I put it at another floor and the same phone didn't find the wifi-network. I checked the cable to the Fritzbox, everyhting looked fine, but didn't work. So I connected it again to my notebook, which I used for setup of Openwrt. But I cannot connect to the router anymore. The network of the notebook and the router are the same.
So the router seems to be broken, but it is hard to believe
The cable could be broken, but I tried a different one in the other floor
The LEDs show PWR and SYS only, WLAN and Ports are off, That is exactly what I experience.
Do you think the router is broken or was it a mistake to use halt?
Flashing / Recovery using tftp only (without serial console)
If your device doesn't even boot (e.g. due to a bad flash), and your device is recent enough (circa 2011, v1.8+), you can use the device built-in auto tftp recovery process.
Connect the device (one of the LAN ports) to a host computer via an ethernet cable Change the host computer IP address (manual or static) to 192.168.0.66 Install a tftp server. This is host computer OS specific. On Mac OS X, you can start the built-in tftp server with $ sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist Download a desired firmware (openwrt *factory.bin or the original firmware wr1043nv1_*_boot*.bin) and rename the *.bin file to wr1043v1_tp_recovery.bin in the tftpboot directory (if you use Tftpd check log viewer for read request from your router, to make sure your rename is correct). The v4 file needs to be named wr1043ndv4_tp_recovery.bin. On Mac OS X, copy the renamed file to /private/tftpboot/ Use a pin or paper clip to press down the reset button (in the hole besides the power adapter hole) and connect the power, while holding down the reset button for a few seconds The LEDs should flash indicating firmware upload in progress. The device will automatically boot to use the new firmware after flashing.
So can I simply try to flash with tftp? Which file?
This is installed:
Model TP-Link TL-WR1043N/ND v1
Architecture Atheros AR9132 rev 2
Firmware Version OpenWrt 18.06.1 r7258-5eb055306f / LuCI openwrt-18.06 branch (git-18.228.31946-f64b152)
Kernel Version 4.9.120
https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wr1043nd is another link.