RT-N66U not entering recovery mode. Am I bricked?

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by kavorka19, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. kavorka19

    kavorka19 n00b

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    I just bought an N66U and started the process of flashing dd-wrt onto it via Asus' web GUI. I followed the steps on their wiki and it said 'complete!' I went to do another hard reset, as per the instructions, and no dice. I fear I may have bricked it :( :(

    The next apparent step to me was to get it into recovery mode and either restore the asus fw or continue down that path with the ddwrt stuff, but I can't get it into restore mode :(

    The documentation says the power LED is supposed to blink 'slowly' after holding the reset button + insert power adapter. I can't get to this stage.

    Also, whenever I plug it in, the LED's on ports 2, 1, and WAN are solid for a few seconds. I don't know if it did this before, but I thought it could be an error code of some sort. ::shrug::

    Help please!?
     
  2. marley1

    marley1 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Why bother with dd wrt on it. Such a good router
     
  3. Lost-Benji

    Lost-Benji Limp Gawd

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    Guess who hasn't used A/M firmwares....

    The reason is because the available A/M firmwares when done correctly can yield massive gains in performance and features.

    OP, I would suggest reading and posting on the DD-WRT forums as this issue is done-to-death and also known for bricking potential.
    http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Asus_RT-N66U
    Maybe also look at alternates to the now ancient and always was bloated DD-WRT (same version for past several years).
    https://gist.github.com/joshenders/3941269
    (Guide in restoring in there as well)
     
  4. Meeho

    Meeho [H]ardness Supreme

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  5. kavorka19

    kavorka19 n00b

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    I was able to get it into restore mode and rescue it :p

    According to Asus, entering restore mode is as easy as holding the reset switch while plugging it in. What I had to do was hold the WPS button while adding power, then after all the lights blinked, quickly release the WPS and hold the reset

    I took your advice and went with the TomatoUSB route. That article couldn't have been easier, so kudos to you! :)


    Case CLOSED!
     
  6. Lost-Benji

    Lost-Benji Limp Gawd

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  7. Meeho

    Meeho [H]ardness Supreme

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    I'm into repeating, so I need repeating. DD-WRT is the only one I've found to support this.