Bricked my ASUS RT-N16

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SiliconWarrior
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 22:42    Post subject: Bricked my ASUS RT-N16 Reply with quote
So I got this shiny new router for Christmas and couldn't wait to try DD-WRT on it.

I set up my PC with a static IP, connected to only the router and followed the directions in the wiki here: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Asus_RT-N16

I downloaded the dd-wrt.v24-13491_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N16.trx file from the link on the wiki page, did a 30/30/30 reset which didn't seem to do anything on the router, so I went in and reset the defaults from within the ASUS web UI. I then uploaded the file using the ASUS firmware update from their web UI.

When that finished, I let the router sit for 5 minutes before doing another 30/30/30, but I couldn't connect to the web UI or telnet. I was only able to ping for a little while after powering on the router.

I installed the ASUS Firmware Recovery Utility from the CD that came with the router. After a couple of tries, I was able to get it to upload the dd-wrt.v24-13309_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N16.trx file to the router. The router seemed to boot (the wlan light came on after a while, the power light was solid) but I was unable to ping it or connect to the web UI.

So, I decided to try to put the ASUS firmware back. I put the router into recovery mode and ran the recovery utility to upload the ASUS firmware, but it hung at 33% complete and eventually said it could no longer communicate with the router.

Now, I can't seem to get the router into recovery mode any more, only the LAN connection light where I have my PC connected lights up. It doesn't respond to pings or anything else for that matter.

Is there still hope?


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SiliconWarrior
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 15:03    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'd like to at least try to learn from this experience.

Can anyone suggest where I might have screwed this up?

After re-reading the peacock thread, the only mistake I can see for the first upload (via the ASUS web ui) was that I was using Firefox instead of IE. I'm not sure what difference that makes, though.

Using the ASUS recovery utility, I was able to upload the older version of DD-WRT and got the router to boot to the point where the wireless light was on, but still no web interface or telnet access. I reset the router (using the 30/30/30 method) several times, but it didn't help.

Finally, I guess my ultimate mistake was trying to put back the ASUS firmware.
magnetic
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 15:42    Post subject: Reply with quote
It's almost impossible to brick a Asus routers, unless you mess around with it too much.

Just follow the sticky:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=61570


30/30/30 don't work with Asus routers.
gruenesAlien
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 18:27    Post subject: Reply with quote
For my wl-500gP V2 it helps to leave the router without power for some hours. I do not know why, but it does. This might be true for rt-n16, too.
MrAlvin
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 21:51    Post subject: Reply with quote
There should be both serial RS-232 (at TTL level) and JTAG interfaces on the ASUS RT-N16 so it should be very un-brickable - although you may need to get special cables and read-up a bit on how to use those interfaces Wink

I have a handfull of cell-phone (serial TTL <-> USB) cables. PM me if you'd like to get one of these cables.
SiliconWarrior
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 22:29    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the tips.

Somehow I got this one well and truly bricked.

Since it's brand new I'm going to see if I can exchange it before messing with soldering in pins for JTag or serial (I did some googling and the only pictures I saw of the motherboard didn't have the pins in place.)
barryware
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 22:36    Post subject: Reply with quote
jtag is not supported just yet even though the device has the connection(s) for it.. Only serial can be used.
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deboyz1014
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 0:24    Post subject: Reply with quote
Seem I bricked my Asus RT-N16 too

1. reset 30-30-30
2. u/l file 13309_newd-2_k2.6_mini_rt-n16.trx

the u/l went just fine and I was able to get to the change id/pw page of dd-wrt. Did another 30-30-30 reset, changed the id/pw, went to admin page and do a firmware upload there

1. u/l file13491_newd-2.big and got confirmation that everything uploaded just fine, however router didn't go into the id/pw change page automatically so I thought nothing of it. I went ahead and did another 30-30-30 reset and noticed that the router light didn't went dark like its supposed to be but i continued anyhow. After the final 30 reset, the wireless light doesn't come on again and and now I'm unable to access the router via 192.168.1.1. I tried firefox, ie, do another 30-30-30 reset, telnet and can't seem to connect to the dang thing now. Any thoughts on this?
barryware
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 0:36    Post subject: Reply with quote
if you guys can't get if figured out.. I'll fix your router(s).. (Free except return shipping, US only).

I got dinked on my Provontage order so I need to get some "hands on" with this device.. PM if interested..

Or.. I can trade you even-up for a nice wrt54g v5 Razz

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deboyz1014
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:38    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tried to tftp to see if i can recover but still no luck so far.

Win 7 TFTP and tftp2.exe
deboyz1014
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:39    Post subject: Reply with quote
Update, I was able to use tftp2.exe on an xp machine and flashed the 13491.trx file and the router is up. Debating whether I want to risk flashing the big.bin again or just stick with the basic for now.
magnetic
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 13:04    Post subject: Reply with quote
Don't 30-30-30 your Asus routers, just select reset to default setting when upgrade your new firmware.
deboyz1014
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 13:45    Post subject: Reply with quote
Update: Flashed to Std build then from there to big build yesterday with no issue.

Is there a reason for not doing the 30-30-30 on Asus router?
Eko
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 13:51    Post subject: Reply with quote
On this router reset button only brings you to recovery mode. If you wish to restore defaults, use wps button while plugging power in.
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deboyz1014
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 17:30    Post subject: Reply with quote
Awesome, I did not know about that. Thanks for the info.
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