[Librecmc-users] TP-Link TL-WR1043N flash failure

Robert Call bob at librecmc.org
Thu Mar 28 17:26:46 EDT 2019

On Thu, 2019-03-28 at 10:23 -0400, Kete wrote:
> Hello fellow freedom lovers,
> As I posted on the OpenWRT forum, I've hit a wall with this router,
> the TP-Link TL-WR1043N. I haven't set up the router, and I reset it
> to factory defaults. From https://openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wr1043nd
> , I've followed these instructions:
> Rename OpenWRT or original firmware to WR1043v5_tp_recovery.bin
> Set static IP of your PC to

Are you trying to flash libreCMC? The project does not provide support
for issues with OpenWrt. Also, OpenWrt does not provide support for

> But this didn't happen:
>     Router will obtain IP for a few seconds while
> loading, when reset button pressed at power On.
> What happened was the webapp flashed back to the login, and when I
> try to flash again, it says, "This operation is not allowed for
> remote management." After another factory reset, it only says the
> "operation is not allowed...."
> Am I supposed to reset? This is my first time trying to flash, so I
> might have missed the basics. I can also meet on Freenode. I see
> Minifree has started selling a libreCMC router/service, but I read
> that their shipping is expensive; it is overseas.

This router is supported by libreCMC, but it requires using beta images
[1] or waiting a few days for v1.4.7 images to become available. 

Other things to note:

* Double check that you actually have revision 5 of this router.

* Make sure that you use a factory image for the initial flash.

* The image must be named WR1043v5_tp_recovery.bin (or something
similar, check tftp error logs)

* The tftp server machine must have an IP of

* The tftp server must be connected directly to one of the LAN ports
with nothing connected to the WAN port.

* Make sure that the firewall on the tftp machine will allow tftp

* libreCMC's default LAN IP address is

* As with any flashing, there is always the risk that it could end with
a brick, so flash at your own risk.


Robert Call (Bob)
bob at librecmc.org

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