[LEDE-DEV] Is there a Image for TP-Link TL-WA854RE (WiFi Range Extender) ?

Daniel Golle daniel at makrotopia.org
Sat Feb 18 10:40:23 PST 2017

Hi Dennis,

On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 06:32:53PM +0100, Dennis Schneck wrote:
> Hello,
> is there a Image for TP-Link TL-WA854RE ?

Due to the lack of an Ethernet port the device is currently very hard
to support properly. It's also known to have a very hard to access
UART, so it's easy to brick and hard to revive... I just wouldn't
recommend anyone to buy such a thing, chances are high that you'll
end up with an unusable device sooner or later.

Anyway, for proper support we'd need either:
 * adding wireless interface being enabled as AP
 * mimic WPS button functionality of stock firmware

Both are not trivial in the current framework and would require
changing the way wireless configuration is initially being generated.
While this is generally an area which is being worked on, I'm not aware
of any other devices having wireless enabled after being flashed
As a hack or temporary work-around, this is easy to achieve though.
Ufo (CC'ed) put some work into adding board support for this device,
maybe he can point you to his current work-in-progress patch.



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