Installing OpenWrt on TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND


 

Router TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND TP-Link TL-WR1043

I had to buy another router so I decided to get the TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND model, which comes with a USB port to be able to share a 3G modem. I bought it also because I knew I could install OpenWrt on it, so immediately after it was connected I proceeded to install it.

Why to install OpenWrt?

The TP-LINK TL-WR841N comes with a lot of functions with its original firmware, which can be controlled from the web interface, but you can’t extend it beyond that functions. With OpenWrt you will count with the same functions your router had and you will be able to install extra software that extends those functions. As an example you can install a web proxy like Squid on the router, or set up a VPN.

I leave here the needed steps for installing OpenWrt on TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND routers, just in case you are interested in:

    1. Download TL-1043ND (Backfire 10.03.1-r6) router image. Note: I suggest to check out  what router model you have and download the OpenWrt image that suits it.
    2. Got to the router’ s web interface and find System Tools > Firmware Upgrade section:

TPLINK - TL-WR1043N - Firmware upgrade

  1. Choose the downloaded image and wait until the process finishes.

Once it had finished the router will reboot and start to work with the default settings. I mean, you can use the web interface from address http://192.168.1.1 or even use a terminal through ssh.

OpenWrt - TL-WR1043N

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  1. #1 by Luis Gallardo on 02/02/2014 - 11:57 pm

    @Toni revisa a documentación de OpenWrt e instala sola las versiones que dicen que se puede para tu router. Te dejo el enlace donde puedes verificarlo http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/start

  2. #2 by Toni on 02/02/2014 - 7:44 am

    Hola Luis quiero actualizar mi router TP-Link con openwrt, ya que veo que con dd-wrt no se puede o no encuentro información. En un foro en el que pregunte, no me enterado mucho la ultima respuesta me indica que tiene unes firmwares modificados por un usuario, no entiendo como se debe instalar lo puedo hacer por la interficie web?

    https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=42380

    Necesito que me eches una mano. Muchas gracias

  3. #3 by Luis Gallardo on 26/03/2013 - 12:59 pm

    @Christian la verdad desconozco si se puede. De todas formas puedes revisar en la documentación de OpenWrt. Gracias por tus comentarios. Saludos!

  4. #4 by christian on 25/03/2013 - 6:16 pm

    Estimado luis,

    Tengo el siguiente problema con este router y quiesera saber si puedes ayudarme, necesito hacerlo repetidor de una wifi, pero el router al que yo lo quiero conectar no posee la función de WDS y por ende no puedo extender la wifi.

    Sabes si el firmware de openwrt puede hacer de reptidor sin WDS ?

    Me prestaron un router chino marca kanji que soportaba ambas normas WDS y otra norma que con solo poner el nombre de la wifi ya se linkeaba.

    MIl gracias! El blog es genial
    Christian

  5. #5 by wladimir sequea on 08/05/2012 - 8:18 am

    Manuel Perez :
    Hola Luis saludos, sabes ya solucione el problema, realize una conexion ttl al router y repare la firmware

    Manuel por favor puedes explicar como hiciste la conexion ttl al router

  6. #6 by Luis Gallardo on 20/03/2012 - 9:33 pm

    @samad quizás si lo configuras como AP. Mira la documentación de OpenWrt. No me tomo la molestia de responder por correo porque justo para eso está esta sección. Saludos!

  7. #7 by samad on 20/03/2012 - 7:22 pm

    hola tengo uno = que este router mi pregunta es si con este puedo cojer señales wifi y compartirlas me explico este router cojera la señal de otro y la compratira en toda la casa ?? respondeme porfa a mi email gracias

  8. #8 by Luis Gallardo on 19/02/2012 - 9:14 pm

    @Lorenzo tienes que ver si los drivers están soportados en la imagen oficial de OpenWrt, y si no lo están instalarlos o compilarlos. Saludos!

  9. #9 by Lorenzo Serrano on 19/02/2012 - 6:23 pm

    Luis, necesito me ayudes a configurar mi red wifi con un router TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND y un modem HAWEI e173 de movistar. TENGO UN PAR DE DIAS TRATANDO Y NO LO LOGRO…

    GRACIAS!

  10. #10 by Luis Gallardo on 30/01/2012 - 3:04 pm

    @Ricardo you MUST check your router version and install the firmware recommended by OpenWrt accordingly. This table summarizes all TP-Link 1043ND models and OpenWrt firmwares for them. Best regards!

  11. #11 by Ricardo on 30/01/2012 - 2:53 pm

    Luis Gallardo :
    @Ricardo RC6 it’s the latest release candidate, but you MUST check your router version and install the firmware recommended by OpenWrt accordingly. This table summarizes all TP-Link 1043ND models and OpenWrt firmwares for them. Best regards!

    my version is 1.8. Which one is better for my router?

  12. #12 by Luis Gallardo on 30/01/2012 - 2:51 pm

    @Ricardo RC6 it’s the latest release candidate, but you MUST check your router version and install the firmware recommended by OpenWrt accordingly. This table summarizes all TP-Link 1043ND models and OpenWrt firmwares for them. Best regards!

  13. #13 by Ricardo on 30/01/2012 - 2:27 pm

    Luis Gallardo :
    @Ricardo thanks for the notification. Link updated. Cheers!

    No problem ; )
    This new link is rc6 and the other one was rc4. Are they different versions? Im really afraid because some people says after 3 months the router get brincked. I’d like to install the most trustable and stable one.
    Do I need to do that in my internet or I can prepare the router in another place I use at home?

    Thank you so much!

  14. #14 by Luis Gallardo on 30/01/2012 - 2:13 pm

    @Ricardo thanks for the notification. Link updated. Cheers!

  15. #15 by Ricardo on 30/01/2012 - 10:43 am

    Ok. I will try that. Let me know if you have another link to download the “imagen”. The one you posted ( megaupload) was banned.

    Regards
    Ricardo

  16. #16 by Luis Gallardo on 28/01/2012 - 11:20 pm

    @Ricardo it works as a charm. Cheers!

  17. #17 by Ricardo on 27/01/2012 - 11:44 pm

    Luis Gallardo :
    @Ricardo I’ve never used dd-wrt. OpenWrt is supported on this router (in fact, is the router I have at the moment and I’m using OpenWrt). Check the OpenWrt’S compatibility list in case of any doubt. Cheers!

    Cool. Let me know how your router is working. Is your connection stable or it drops down all the time? I mean, some people are asking how to turn the router again for the original firmware..etc.. not sure if they didn’t like the OpenWrt. Do you have any bad thing to say about that? Is there a step by step about how to install that and also to upgrade the router firmware? What would I do? I just received my router today.
    Thanks!

  18. #18 by Luis Gallardo on 27/01/2012 - 11:05 pm

    @Ricardo I’ve never used dd-wrt. OpenWrt is supported on this router (in fact, is the router I have at the moment and I’m using OpenWrt). Check the OpenWrt’S compatibility list in case of any doubt. Cheers!

  19. #19 by Ricardo on 27/01/2012 - 8:44 pm

    Hi there. The guy who sold me the TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND told me he could install only the DD-WRT. The OpenWrt was not safety to be installed . Let me know which one is better and if I can have some problem installing the OpenWrt. Which one is better for fast and stable internet conection?

    Regards
    Ricardo

  20. #20 by Luis Gallardo on 26/01/2012 - 6:49 pm

    @julez check the WAN interface settings. Cheers!

  21. #21 by julez on 26/01/2012 - 1:34 pm

    I flashed my wr1043nd and I was able to telnet in and update the root password. Now I notice something odd. All my computers on this router get to the router but not out through the internet. What is strange is I have one notebook for work that I have to use an ATT client to get into the office and the client is able to get out and make a vpn connection to my office. Can figure out how it does it but it works. If I disconnect the software, it quits getting out to the internet on it too. Any ideas?

  22. #22 by Luis Gallardo on 13/01/2012 - 11:14 am

    @Bill the package for OpenVPN is available, the problem for this router in the limited flash ROM. You won’t be able to install OpenVPN and its need files. Cheers!

  23. #23 by Bill Ang on 13/01/2012 - 2:37 am

    Hi there, saw your blog.
    I was wondering if you could do this on the WR841N

    openWRT ( basic ) + openVPN

    I would be happy to work with you so that this is possible rather than to brick the router

  24. #24 by Luis Gallardo on 08/01/2012 - 5:05 pm

    @Toni mira los comentarios anteriores y la referencia de la página de OpenWrt. Saludos!

  25. #25 by Toni on 08/01/2012 - 4:36 pm

    No puedo acceder via web, ya puse una IP estatica y nada, para hacerlo via SSh como puedo hacerlo, he intentado con Putty pero no funciona. Si habo el comando arp -a me detecte la direccion mac a la 192.168.1.1. Hay otra forma de acceder, o de flachear el firmware.

  26. #26 by Luis Gallardo on 08/01/2012 - 4:32 pm

    @Toni recuerda pedir una ip al conectar tu pc al router, luego intenta acceder a la interfaz web o ssh. Saludos!

  27. #27 by Luis Gallardo on 08/01/2012 - 1:53 am

    @hugo en los comentarios anteriores hay un enlace al hardware soportado por OpenWrt. Saludos!

  28. #28 by hugo on 07/01/2012 - 4:41 pm

    hola opernwrt funciona para TP-LINK WR841N v5? si es asi cual de todos los que aparece en la pag debo descargar?

    saludos

  29. #29 by Toni on 07/01/2012 - 9:31 am

    Hola, tengo un TP-Link TL-WA901ND he intentado instalar el OpenWRT, parecia que se habia instalado correctamente, pero luego no puedo acceder a la interficie web. Si hago el comando arp -a puedo ver la mac y la ip que me coge el router. He intentado tambien acceder via SSH con putty pero no puedo, no pongo ninguna contraseña porque de serie no tiene, que puedo hacer? Puedo volver al antiguo firmware, se puede manipular fisicamente quitando la carcasa?

  30. #30 by Luis Gallardo on 16/12/2011 - 7:49 am

    @Manuel no, wds no lo he probado con OpenWrt. Saludos!

  31. #31 by Manuel Perez on 15/12/2011 - 6:27 pm

    Hermano usted por casualidad pudo poner a funcionar el wds, por que yo no he podido

  32. #32 by Luis Gallardo on 15/12/2011 - 3:52 pm

    @Manuel gracias por compartir la información. Squid está en los repositorios de OpenWrt. En la interfaz web del router, en el apartado de software debería estar listado. La configuración creo que si la debes hacer tú a partir de la documentación del proyecto Squid, ya que no lo veo en las recetas o tutoriales de OpenWrt. Saludos!

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