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Peter Andersson
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I've already got a female to worry about. Her name is the Enterprise.
-- Kirk, "The Corbomite Maneuver", stardate 1514.0

Background

After struggeling with my Linksys WRT-160NL to get OpenWRT stable I finally gave up. It ended upp with DD-WRT instead. Unfortunatly DD-WRT do not have the functionality I want like:

-rndis device so I could use my Android phone to connect to Internet

-1-wire device support

-Nagios agent

The solution was to buy another device where OpenWRT support is working better with USB and Gigabit interfaces. After some research I found TP-Link TL-WR1043ND for approx 50€.

 

Unpacking

The TL-WR1043ND package is good looking and has a printed GPL license included, that is impressive.

The basic installation with TP-LINK installed firware was easy and stright forward with all information you need in a simple "Quick installation Guide". No need for installing software on a windows machine to be able to access you new device. I think Cisco/Linksys has something to learn.

 

Installing OpenWRT

Find the Firmware upgrade menu and upload this firmware. It worked perfectly well and seems very stable. A positive suprise is that the WLAN seems to reach longer then the WRT 160NL.

 

Conclusion

The TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND seems to be a good Wlan router that has a good support for OpenWRT, with USB, Gigabit ethernetinterfaces and good Wlan range.

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2 Responses to “Installing OpenWRT on TP-Link TL-WR1043ND”

  1. Jan Kammerath Says:

    Hi there, I wrote installation instructions for non-technical bloody OpenWrt beginners in my blog in German as tons of people kept asking me for it: http://www.kammerath.net/openwrt-tp-link-wr1043nd-installieren.html … I’m sure it’s quite useless for you, but maybe someone looking for it here finds it helpful.

    Thanks,

    Jan

  2. jhon Says:

    It's good information. Thanks!

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