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

Ufo ufo at rund.freifunk.net
Thu Feb 23 02:29:25 PST 2017

On 22.02.2017 18:37, Dennis Schneck wrote:
> Thanks, the image work on my  TP-Link TL-WA854RE v1
if you want to use newer or self-compiled firmwares on that device you 
can use/flash the 850v1-Image. (same hardware)
with sysupgrade you might once need option "-F" to force it, and after 
that the device will "think" that it is a 850v1.
as already mentioned: take care of your firmware network settings 
when/before flashing!
> is it possible that you contact the lede project to integrade you modifcations
> that i included in the next version ?
contact is difficult, devil is in the detail :-o see my text below ("for 
standard new-device-support")

> thanks
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 22. Februar 2017 um 01:43 Uhr
> Von: Ufo <ufo at rund.freifunk.net>
> An: Lede-dev at lists.infradead.org
> Betreff: Re: [LEDE-DEV] Is there a Image for TP-Link TL-WA854RE (WiFi Range Extender) ?
>> On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 06:32:53PM +0100, Dennis Schneck wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> is there a Image for TP-Link TL-WA854RE ?
> Am 18.02.17 um 19:40 schrieb Daniel Golle:
>> As a hack or temporary work-around, this is easy to achieve though.
> 854v1:
> http://gadow.freifunk.net:8004/srv2/lede/tplink854/lede-wa854re-v1-squashfs-factory.bin
> 854v2:
> http://gadow.freifunk.net:8004/srv2/lede/tplink854/lede-wa854re-v2-squashfs-factory.bin[http://gadow.freifunk.net:8004/srv2/lede/tplink854/lede-wa854re-v2-squashfs-factory.bin][http://gadow.freifunk.net:8004/srv2/lede/tplink854/lede-wa854re-v2-squashfs-factory.bin[http://gadow.freifunk.net:8004/srv2/lede/tplink854/lede-wa854re-v2-squashfs-factory.bin]]
> Am 18.02.17 um 19:40 schrieb Daniel Golle:
>> Due to the lack of an Ethernet port the device is currently very hard
>> to support properly.
> but its not too hard for our cases: freifunk communities..
> you literally know that we are using the imagebuilder (via webui
> "meshkit") for building pre-configured (blame ipv4) openwrt/lede images
> for our devices. so devices are being flashed, and coming up with
> enabled free wifi and mesh-protocols (olsr + 2x batman-adv).
> see my 854v1 firmware version, its done with that!
> btw: the "libremesh" firmware also comes up with that (even there is not
> so much ipv4 this firmware is ipv6-autoconfig-style, so you can flash
> many devices with same firmware instantly). also for freifunk "gluon"
> firmware there is a "skip config"-mode, same behaviour..
> so, i think there is no need for major changes for these ethernet-less
> devices. openwrt/lede have to support these devices, such as other devices.
> users and usergroups may now take care of the ethernet-less
> restrictions. some of them are well-prepared and have to take really no
> adjustments :-)
> Alberto wrote:
>> With the settings written by that script you only need to enable the
>> wifi and everything will work.
> yes, so i did it for my mentioned 854v2 firmware. i was using piotr's
> newest (thanks for 850v2!) stuff, modifying the hardware-ids
> see
> https://github.com/lede-project/source/compare/master...FreifunkUFO:master[https://github.com/lede-project/source/compare/master...FreifunkUFO:master][https://github.com/lede-project/source/compare/master...FreifunkUFO:master[https://github.com/lede-project/source/compare/master...FreifunkUFO:master]]
> mathias committed:
>> wifi disabled by default but you can enable it with the wps button.
> that sounds nice!
> Piotr wrote:
>> I don't think there is any
>> good/secure enough approach which everybody would
>> agree to implement by default in LEDE
> at least we could make a configuration for that:
> on "make menuconfig" i found "preconfigure image" to change at least
> IPv4 adress. there could be a flag "enable wifi". (some minutes
> programming later there also could be settings for SSID and wpa2 key).
> so enabling wifi would be easier for all people who are compiling the
> firmware ( and who dont want to use the imagebuilder :-o )
> Piotr wrote:
>> Wi-Fi inside failsafe mode would be the only way.
> above 854 firmwares are preconfigured with enabled wifi. reset-button
> works. so if network contact is lost due to new, wrong network settings
> you may press reset and will get that preconfigured, wifi-enabled device
> as before :-)
> for standard new-device-support:
> n3ph and me are struggling, if we should devide support for v1 and v2
> version of tplink-854 and who could commit that properly.
> at the moment we have these changes for development, but never tested
> yet: ethernet is disabled (why only for v2?), wifi is enabled (has to be
> deleted further)
> https://github.com/lede-project/source/compare/master...freifunk-leipzig:master[https://github.com/lede-project/source/compare/master...freifunk-leipzig:master][https://github.com/lede-project/source/compare/master...freifunk-leipzig:master[https://github.com/lede-project/source/compare/master...freifunk-leipzig:master]]
> for the future: as you might read at openwrt wiki or tplink site: 850
> will appear as v3 or v4 eventually.. and there is a nice-looking new
> device tplink-855.
> ---
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