Where is the imagebuilder for TP-Link Archer C7 v5?


Question 1

Where is the imagebuilder for TP-Link Archer C7 v5, which I need for building custom image version?

Is it

I am inclined to use the former because (a) it says 23.05.2 right there and also because (b) last time, in 2021, I used the latter got a custom image version 19.x.x (you can see me floundering then in this old post: The right image builder for TP-Link C7).

Question 2

If the first bullet is the right one, what is the second bullet for? (Or maybe the other way around.)


You don't have to read what follows to answer the questions.

I am only going to talk about why I could not follow general guidance and had to post.

  1. https://openwrt.org/docs/guide-developer/toolchain/beginners-build-guide

That was totally opaque to me. The relevant portion starts with:

Do a web search for wikidevi. For instance, if you have an Asus RT-N56U then search for RT-N56U wikidevi. This would give https://wikidevi.com/wiki/ASUS_RT-N56U as the first response on most search engines. Find CPU on the page. In the case of RT-N56U it says Ralink RT3662F. If you type / in the builder you can search for RT-N56U. This will give a bunch of hits, which among other things says Symbol: TARGET_DEVICE_PACKAGES_ramips_rt3883_DEVICE_rt-n56u. Notice the ramips part. Now select Target System. In the list you will find “Mediatek Ralink ARM” and “Mediatek Ralink MIPS”. Given the information we have you can probably guess that the correct choice is “Mediatek Ralink MIPS”.

For starters, the link did not even open (which I wanted to see so as to follow the rest of the paragraph in context). But I got to the wikidevi page for my actual model: https://deviwiki.com/wiki/TP-LINK_Archer_C7_v5.x There I tried to apply the next few steps. For example, "If you type / in the builder." But what is "builder" in this context? Yes, I can be as dense as the next guy.

  1. https://openwrt.org/docs/guide-user/additional-software/imagebuilder#obtaining_the_image_builder

It says:

You can download an archive that contains the Image Builder, it is usually located in the same download page where you find the firmware image for your device.

Where would be the "same download page"?

Candidate 1. The very next paragraph says:

For example, this is the page where you can download all firmware images for ath79/generic devices: https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/targets/ath79/generic/

But that's where I got my imagebuilder in 2021 and end up with a version 19.x.x image.

Candidate 2. https://openwrt.org/toh/hwdata/tp-link/tp-link_archer_c7_v5

Firmware images are there, but not the imagebuilder.

Candidate 3. https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/archer_c7

Again,firmware images are there, but not the imagebuilder.

both will get you an image, but snapshots are betas ...

crash course in image building, in addition to the link you posted yourself
Requesting build gives CORS error - #6 by frollic.

Thank you! That means I'm going with 23.05.2.

Do you have any guess how one could have used a snapshot/beta in 2021 and got a version 19.x.x image? @slh shot down my theory: outdated Linux version (When development stops for a router model, does its repository eventually get pulled down? - #4 by slh). It's not a practical issue anymore, but kind of bugging me.

what's the date of the files within the old 19.x.x snapshot dir ?
obviously the static files, not the ones generated or DLed during the build process.

I'm very sorry. I went through my archives from 2021, and there sits coyly, this file:

So I didn't used the beta. I managed to dig up a fossil and totally disregard the date stamped on it.

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