Thursday, 26 July 2012 23:12

Openwrt on TP-Link TL-WR1043ND Router

TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Wireless Router TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Wireless Router
OpenWrt is a highly extensible GNU/Linux distribution for embedded devices. After upgrade your router to OpenWRT, your router will become much more powerful (more features) than before.

Flashing wrong version firmware will brick the router.


Bootloader Date 

OpenWrt Version Supported 

Model Specific Notes



Backfire 10.03.1

Similar, German WebUI



Backfire 10.03.1

Similar to WR941ND.



Attitude Adjustment 12.09-beta2

German WebUI, V1.1 in S/N sticker



Backfire 10.03.1

Same v1 board as v1.1



Backfire 10.03.1

Same v1 board as v1.1



Backfire 10.03.1




Backfire 10.03.1




Backfire 10.03.1


2012-02-02, 2012-03-31 and later

Attitude Adjustment 12.09-rc1

Tested OK with Backfire 10.03.1 but require bootloader downgrade. Suspect of hardware bug that bring down WiFi after a while.




Tested OK with Backfire 10.03.1 but require bootloader downgrade.



Attitude Adjustment 12.09-rc1

Similar v1.1 board. Backfire 10.03.1 = BRICK.



Attitude Adjustment 12.09

Backfire 10.03.1 = BRICK



Attitude Adjustment 12.09-rc1

Backfire 10.03.1 = BRICK


TP-Link WR-1043ND hardware info.

CPU: Atheros [email protected]
Flash: 8MB
Network: 4 x Gigabit
USB: 1x USB 2.0 

Uppgrade firmware to Openwrt
  • Open up a browser and navigate to (this is the default router IP)
  • Enter admin for both username & password
Status screen should appear as shown in figure below
 TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Status Screen
Select System Tools and Firmware upgrade as shown in figure below
 TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Upgrade Screen
  • Click on Browse button and select the Openwrt file that you downloaded
  • Click on upgrade button in order to start upgrade firmware
  • Restart router once the upgrade process finish


Configure Openwrt 

TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Openwrt Login

  • Open up the browser and navigate to
  • Click on Login button without password
  • Click on Go to password configuration in order to change the password, SSH will enabled automatically.
  • Your router is ready. You can add and remove packages based on your requirement.
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