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insanity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:12 AM
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I just gave life back to a dead router
I thought my router was bricked for months, but now it is routing with ease!

All I had to do was tftp it new firmware
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Tyrone Slothrop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:14 AM
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1. How exactly does one do that?
My router seemingly bricked itself just the other day...
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insanity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:24 AM
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2. I take no credit for this, but it works great
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 11:25 AM by insanity
First, make sure it isn't a problem that can't be fixed by a simply holding reset for like 20 seconds.
If not:

1. Download the firmware for your router- should be a .bin file (or, if you prefer, download the correct firmware DD-WRT for free) Save it in the C: drive with a name like firmware

2. Plug your Ethernet jack into the router, but leave it unplugged from the wall

3. open up two command prompts (start--->run 'cmd')

4. in the first type ping 192.168.1.1 -t (or whatever the default address is) hit enter, it should show that it is refused

5. in the second make sure you're at destination c: and then type tftp -i 192.168.1.1 PUT firmware.bin DO NOT HIT ENTER yet

6. Plug your router in and watch the ping window, when it first shows a connection hit enter in the tftp window.

7. Wait for the new firmware to flash, your router should appear to not ping for a bit, then once it starts pinging again, your router should be flashed.
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Tyrone Slothrop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 12:25 PM
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3. Thanks!
I'll have to try this when I get home from work.

(Sounds a lot cheaper than buying a new router!)
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