I'm running OpenSUSE Linux on my Thinkpad, with the router connected to the built-in wired Ethernet port. I'm running Wireshark on the port to see what happens.
To reset, I've followed the Mikrotik Help page on the router and the Mikrotik Wiki manual on resetting. I've tried this about 100 times, in the beginning the behaviour was different, but now it is reproducibly as follows:
- If I switch it on, the PWR and AP/cAP LEDs go on, the ETH LED blinks a few times, the link indicator LED on my laptop goes up and the ETH LED goes dark. Wireshark shows nothing happening on the wired interface.
- If I switch it on with the button pressed, one of the following happens:
- The PWR LED goes on, the other LEDs stay dark, nothing happens.
- The PWR, AP/cAP and ETH LEDs go on, nothing happens.
- The PWR, AP/cAP and ETH LEDs go on. After a few seconds the AP/cAP light starts blinking. I release the button. The wireless LED comes up, the ETH LED goes on and goes dark again, the wireless LED stays on. Nothing happens.
- The PWR, AP/cAP and ETH LEDs go on. After a few seconds the AP/cAP light starts blinking. I keep holding the button, it blinks for a while, the wireless LED blinks briefly, the ETH LED stays on, and after a while the wireless and ETH LEDs go off. Nothing happens. This is what I would expect the device to do if it did a factory reset, but I don't see any network SSID broadcast by the device.
- If during the previous procedure I release the button early, the AP/cAP light blinks very quickly for about a second, then only the PWR and AP/cAP LEDs stay on. Nothing happens.
I've tried netinstall (downloaded the Linux version for ROS 6.49.2 from the website). I've disabled the firewall (using sudo systemctl stop firewalld.service) and configured the wired interface of my laptop to IP 192.168.88.2, subnet mask 255.255.255.0 and gateway 192.168.88.1. I run netinstall as follows:
Nothing happens. Wireshark on the wired interface only sees my laptop sending ARP and mDNS requests, I never see anything from the router and the router isn't sending BOOTP requests either, so I guess it never enters Etherboot mode?
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> sudo ./netinstall -a 192.168.88.3 ./routeros-mipsbe-6.49.2.npk Using server IP: 192.168.88.2 Starting PXE server Waiting for RouterBOARD...
What can I do? Is the mAP lite a brick?
On a side note, I really want to like the concept of the mAP lite, but the fact that you can configure it only over wireless because the Ethernet port is treated as WAN by default (and accepts no Winbox connections) feels like a major error.