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Poking TL-WR1043ND v1 back to life

Achievement unlocked.

I've purchased a used TP-Link TL-WR1043ND v1.10 for about 6 EUR recently. Although, the price was suspiciously low, I was hoping that the seller might not had enough experience with hardware. He had neither included a model number, nor any usable photos in his ad. You could not see any antenna or connector either, and the thumbnails looked indifferent from the ubiquitous 54Mb/s devices also on sale. Fortunately, I could zoom in just enough on one of them to decode the very long phrase "Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router" from the handful of pixels visible and so I closed the deal quickly. You generally do not want to ask questions in such cases.

Unfortunately, the device did not show any signs of life other than the power LED and the hardware switched LAN. Neither buttons did anything and I could not see any activity over the ethernet ports either, so it was clear that I had to commence debricking. Both opening up and assembling the device involved…