WL-WN570HA1 need to revert bootloader

Hello World! and all you openwrt folks...
With some help, I managed to get openwrt bootloader on this Wavlink WL-WN570HA1,
(I am able to watch it load with serial connection and puTTY) and I attempted to load the "snapshot" but without success. Nor can I load anything else.
I can get some of the original firmware images to load but they are very buggy, missing parts of config menus etc.
So, I think I need to revert to old (or another) boot loader... or maybe there is just something I need to configure. Used to feel smart but now easily stumped by lotsa stuff. Hoping for some help, I will sure appreciate it.
Maybe I just need to wait for a better image, than the snapshot. I'm not sure how long that will take..
Thanks in advance Folks

Can you show us the instructions that told you to replace the bootloader?

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Kind of a curve ball question there.
I simply flashed the "snapshot" and now I have openwrt bootloader.
(so where do you get "instructions that told you to replace the bootloader")
The flash never would boot up and get an ip address...
So I couldn't even start to install luci
That's why I wanted to go back.
I do have serial access and can watch it boot up, to a point.

It has been a while, Now I am seeing a different image
"openwrt-ramips-mt76x8-wavlink_wl-wn570ha1-squashfs-sysupgrade"
(that's encouraging cause it says wn570ha1!
Previously, with help from openwrt I was directed to the
"openwrt-ramips-mt76x8-wl-wn575a3-squashfs-sysupgrade"
which is what is flashed to the device now.
I thought it odd that it said wn575a3 but the two devices have somewhat similar hardware, so I thought maybe this was the right thing to do.
Ok later when I have some time,
I'll hookup the serial link again and try the wn570ha1 image...

Not a cure ball question, OpenWrt [on your device] doesn't include a bootloader. Also, you failed to show us the instructions telling you to do so - or any instructions for that matter.

Can you show us the output of what you're referring to?

One thing to understand is that many OEM boot loaders show "OpenWrt" in the U-Boot -- this does not mean that "OpenWrt" installed the boot loader, only that the string was present in the source that the OEM used. For example, from an OEM Linksys EA8300 as delivered, prior to any installation of OpenWrt firmware:

U-Boot 2012.07 [Chaos Calmer 15.05.1,r35193] (Jan 23 2017 - 14:17:23)

CBT U-Boot ver: 1.2.9

smem ram ptable found: ver: 1 len: 3
[...]

OpenWrt didn't support this device's SoC under 15.05 and its SoC wasn't even available in 2012 or even likely until 2016.

This is always an unsafe thing to do. Even with an identical set of chips, they are often "wired" differently and/or have different flash partitioning. In many cases this can brick a device or destroy unrecoverable, device-specific information on the flash.

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Ok, here are two text files:

  1. WavelinkBootUpByPutty-FailedBootre575A3.txt
    made after flashing
    "openwrt-ramips-mt76x8-wl-wn575a3-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin"
    and
  2. WavelinkBootUp__openwrt-ramips-mt76x8-wavlink_wl-wn570ha1-squashfs-sysupgrade
    .txt
    made after flashing
    "openwrt-ramips-mt76x8-wavlink_wl-wn570ha1-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin"

The device (Wavlink WN570HA1) now boots to 192.168.1.1 --- YAY
I am able to bring up the console --- YAY

Now I wish I knew linux and cli !!!
Attempted "opkg update && opkg install luci-ssl-openssl"
and the device trys to download...
(see text file "Attempt To Install luci.txt")

I dont know how to configure the ip address nor set up a wireless connection
from the cli (duh) so im wondering how to enable the download...

All this makes me feel endlessly frustrated and stupid.
I am always wondering what obvious and simple stuff I am missing.
I think I used to be a little smarter.
Nowadays so many things seem like overwhelming hassles to me.
Maybe I should just wait for openwrt to make firmware with luci..

Thanks for reading this and for all the help from openwrt. Sorry Im such a mess.

(Attachment WavelinkBootUpByPutty-FailedBootre575A3.txt is missing)

(Attachment WavelinkBootUp__openwrt-ramips-mt76x8-wavlink_wl-wn570ha1-squashfs-sysupgrade .txt is missing)

(Attachment Attempt To Install luci.txt is missing)

Your attachments are missing.

This is the contents of the openwrt rejection email:

Unfortunately some attachments in your email message to
["mail+reply-8bdfbbb15faa46ed126c6c0c42b304de@forum.openwrt.org"]
(titled Re: [OpenWrt Forum] [Installing and Using OpenWrt] WL-WN570HA1
need to revert bootloader) were rejected.

Details:
WavelinkBootUpByPutty-FailedBootre575A3.txt: Sorry, the file you are
trying to upload is not authorized (authorized extensions: jpg, jpeg,
png, gif).
WavelinkBootUp__openwrt-ramips-mt76x8-wavlink_wl-wn570ha1-squashfs-sysupgrade
.txt: Sorry, the file you are trying to upload is not authorized
(authorized extensions: jpg, jpeg, png, gif).
Attempt To Install luci.txt: Sorry, the file you are trying to upload
is not authorized (authorized extensions: jpg, jpeg, png, gif).

If you believe this is an error, contact a staff member.

Ok now OpenWRT is sending a message: attachments rejected

So, the problem is with openwrt website does not allow attaching text file.
I suppose ther is some good reason, I guess.

Just one more (stupid?) hurdle for me. Seems excessively complicated,
I dont get it!

contents of WavelinkBootUpByPutty-FailedBootre575A3.txt

U-Boot 1.1.3 (Jun 24 2016 - 10:18:38)

Board: Ralink APSoC DRAM: 64 MB
relocate_code Pointer at: 83fb8000
flash manufacture id: c8, device id 40 17
find flash: GD25Q64B
*** Warning - bad CRC, using default environment

The logs aren't that important if you have a normal boot and can ssh into OpenWrt. To post logs on this forum copy and paste them into a code block (the </> button at the top of the editor box).

If it's a standard 4+1 port router, it should get online if you plug an Ethernet cable from a DHCP network that leads to the Internet into the WAN port.

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content of Attempt To Install luci.txt

BusyBox v1.30.1 () built-in shell (ash)


I dont want to disagree with you, but the files ARE attached to the
original gmail.
I went to another computer, looked at them, they are there.
Could it be gmail? or something with your email?

Anyway, Here they are again

(Attachment WavelinkBootUpByPutty-FailedBootre575A3.txt is missing)

(Attachment WavelinkBootUp__openwrt-ramips-mt76x8-wavlink_wl-wn570ha1-squashfs-sysupgrade .txt is missing)

(Attachment Attempt To Install luci.txt is missing)

Try posting using a browser.

I dont want to disagree with you, but the files ARE attached to the
original gmail.
I went to another computer, looked at them, they are there.
Could it be gmail? or something with your email?

Anyway, Here they are again

(Attachment WavelinkBootUpByPutty-FailedBootre575A3.txt is missing)

content of
WavelinkBootUp__openwrt-ramips-mt76x8-wavlink_wl-wn570ha1-squashfs-sysupgrade
.txt

U-Boot 1.1.3 (Jun 24 2016 - 10:18:38)

Board: Ralink APSoC DRAM: 64 MB
relocate_code Pointer at: 83fb8000
flash manufacture id: c8, device id 40 17
find flash: GD25Q64B

Ok the attachment is rejected by openwrt forum.
What a complicated hassle this is for me.

I dont want to disagree with you, but the files ARE attached to the
original gmail.
I went to another computer, looked at them, they are there.
Could it be gmail? or something with your email?

Anyway, Here they are again

(Attachment Attempt To Install luci.txt is missing)

Of course it is. If something like that was possible on a forum, someone could DDoS a web server's hard drive merely by sending emails. This is normal behavior - no problem.

Wait....are you trying to attach documents when you email reply to forum postings???

You can't do that. Use Pastebin, another similar service or simply visit here and paste them in your reply - being sure to use the </> icon to place the output in codeboxes.

Please use one post per reply.
BTW, that is the default shell for OpenWrt.

OK...please stop trying to attach files to a forum by attaching files in the reply emails...or at least stop insisting you don't know why it's failing - since others have told you what to do.

Can you just show us by pasting the content using the </> icon?
Thanks.

You've taken quite a few postings to claim there's a problem with your Gmail and the forum.

OpenWrt does make firmware with LuCI. BTW, you'll still need the CLI to easily upgrade when your device's firmware is released.

If you have a normal router with 1+4 ports, you should be able to connect it to WAN - and should have Internet by default.


BTW, your topic seems to have ventured into installing LuCI on the device. You may wish to create a new thread.

Does any know where I can find the latest stock firmware for WL-WN570HA1. I was unable to locate it on wavlinks website. I mistakenly flashed my WL-WN570HA1 with the snapshot not knowing what I was getting into and didn't have a firmware backup. I was able to find an older version of the firmware Version:RPT70HA1.V4300.171128 and got it working again. I use to have Version:RPT70HA1.V4300.190220 that I was unable to find.

I was able to to do this with the following

https://openwrt.org/toh/hwdata/wavlink/wavlink_wl-wn570ha1

RPT70HA1.V4300.171128