If you have installed OpenWrt Backfire on your TP-Link TL-WR1043ND and want to restore the factory firmware than this guide is for you.
|Device:||TP-Link TL-WR1043ND Ver: 1.6|
|Network:||4 + 1 ports (10/100/1000 Mb/s)|
Software on router before
|Version: 10.03.1 (r33081)|
Software on router after
|Version: 3.13.13 Build 130428 Rel.58290n|
Host operation system is Fedora 19 (64 bit).
If you are not using Fedora 19, you should virtualize it:
Installing Fedora 19 (64 bit) in VirtualBox
I presume that you can communicate with your router.
- Go to TP-Link Support site: http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/download/
Click “TL- WR1043ND” (it’s in the 300Mbps Wireless N group)
- Read the warning message and click “If you have read the above notice, please click here to find hardware version.“
- My router is V1 because “Model: TL-WR1043ND Ver: 1.6” written on its back
Click “TL-WR1043ND V1”
- Download the firmware by clicking “TL-WR1043ND_v1_130428”
Warning: Do NOT download an other firmware version because in case of TP-Link there may be different steps to take.
If it doesn’t work here is a copy of it one my site: TL-WR1043ND_v1_130428.zip
- Decompress the firmware
$ unzip TL-WR1043ND_v1_130428.zip
- Check firmware checksum
$ sha1sum wr1043nv1_en_3_13_13_up_boot\(130428\).bin
It should return:
- This firmware version also contains the boot code so we have to strip it first
$ dd if=wr1043nv1_en_3_13_13_up_boot\(130428\).bin of=wr1043nd_v1_correct.bin skip=257 bs=512
- Check the corrected firmware checksum
$ sha1sum wr1043nd_v1_correct.bin
It should return:
- Copy this file in the router
$ scp wr1043nd_v1_correct.bin email@example.com:/tmp/
Note: My router IP address is 192.168.1.2, change it to your router IP address in all commands
- Login to your router
$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter your password.
- Write the firmware to flash
root@OpenWrt:~# mtd -r write /tmp/wr1043nd_v1_correct.bin firmware
- Wait until “Rebooting …” appears
Note: If you have configured your router as an OpenFlow switch before using my guide than you have to pull out the LAN cable from WAN port now and plug into a LAN port (eg. LAN1).
- Go to http://192.168.1.1 in your browser
user: admin password: admin
Congratulation! You have just restored the original firmware.
Thank you! With no additional steps this worked as described under Ubuntu 20.04, even with me having absolutely no skills in this area. I didn’t even went through the checksum because my distro couldn’t find that “shalsum” command, nor I managed to find it for installation anywhere. I tried “md5sum” and the returned strings were so different, that I went with the process anyway. So no regrets there 🙂
I wish you all the best!