Unable to install packages on Xiaomi Router HD (R3D) stock

I own an R3D and I've successfully got SSH access to it. The trick turned out to be to add https:// to every address I was redirected to; without manually adding the protocol, all pages would time out eventually; with https the timeouts were much less frequent.

It is my understanding that Xiaomi Router HD (R3D) is not supported by mainline OpenWRT. There is a topic about it here: Support request for Xiaomi MiWifi HD R3D
Instead Xiaomi Router HD (R3D) appears to be running on a custom firmware based on OpenWRT 12.09.

My attempts to install any packages on this router failed miserably. The package repository is returning 404s during opkg update:

Downloading http://downloads.openwrt.org/attitude_adjustment/12.09-rc1/ipq806x/MiWiFi/packages/Packages.gz.
wget: server returned error: HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
Collected errors:
 * opkg_download: Failed to download http://downloads.openwrt.org/attitude_adjustment/12.09-rc1/ipq806x/MiWiFi/packages/Packages.gz, wget returned 1.

The default opkg config from factory was as follows:

# cat /etc/opkg.conf 
src/gz standard http://downloads.openwrt.org/attitude_adjustment/12.09-rc1/ipq806x/MiWiFi/packages
dest root /data
dest ram /tmp
lists_dir ext /data/var/opkg-lists
option overlay_root /data

I looked around on archive.openwrt.org and I couldn't find 12.09 packages for ipq806x target. There are some packages for this target under https://archive.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/ipq806x/ but I can't install those either as these appear to be made for a more recent OpenWRT release and they all fail with the following error:

Configuring transmission-web.
/data//usr/lib/opkg/info/transmission-web.postinst: line 4: default_postinst: not found

Can anyone help me find packages for ipq806x that are installable on OpenWRT 12.09? I understand that this is a very old version of OpenWRT and I wish I could upgrade to the latest instead. But since this router is not supported by the mainline, I would be satisfied by simply not having to use Google Translate in Luci (the router firmware is only available in Chinese).

There are none, what you see isn't even OpenWrt at all, but QCA's proprietary QSDK. ipq806x didn't even exist before LEDE 2017.01.0 (and the packages aren't compatible).

This is unfortunate. I hope there will be more activity related to Support request for Xiaomi MiWifi HD R3D

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