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UnBrick your Linksys router – WRT54GS v7

 

Why my router got brick?

Alot. Usually it because of power-surge that cause the chip to corrupt your router’s boot-loader. Some people make use of this method to Unbrick the router by shorten the 16 pin of the chip. I personally dont like the trouble of opening my router, so I dont recommend this method.

Some other reason that lead your router to BRICK is… of course firmware upgrade. I have re-written and merge Part 1 and Part 2 of my tutorial to this page. Anyway let get started.

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Read what others are saying: useful info for troubleshot.

 

Notes:
Please bear in mind that this tutorial is specifically for Linksys WRT54GS version7. If you got question that is not for “how to unbrick your Linksys router – WRT54GS v7” then the chances are your question will never be answer, ever.

Let me emphasize:
For your router to get brick, the chances are you have an itchy hand to flash the firmware or at least you know how to play around with command prompt. If you don’t know anything about command prompt, the chances are you might not survive by the end of this tutorial and your question might not be answer. 😛

What to expect:
I’m going to show you guys how to UN-Brick brick router. For your info, the router is Linksys Wireless Router with SpeedBooster WRT54GS v7, running Broadcom chip. What inside this tutorial:
– Prerequisite
– Prepare your test computer
– Before Un-bricking begins
– Let the UN-Brick begins

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How to use secure remote desktop

Imagine this: After reading our blog about how to get the latest TV Series, you’re having one minor problem. The show you want only available at 9am during office hour, but you want to download it immediately so that you can watch it when you go back home. How?

You need remote desktop. You can enable port-forwarding and enable your remote desktop on your machine. But the best way is using tunneling, because its my way 🙂 and its secure…

Things you need:

The steps are:
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  1. Enable your Remote Desktop on your host machine (at home)
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    Explanation:
    By enabling this you can access your computer remotely.
     
  2. Run Putty on remote machine (any machine, this case machine in my office).
    – Host Name: your router ip
    – Port: 443
    – Protocol: SSH
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    Explanation:
    We use SSH for better and secure connection, and we use port 443 for SSL support.
     
  3. Go to Connection > SSH > Tunnels
    – Source port: 3390
    – Destination: host computer internal IP :3389
    – Click Add
    – Click Open
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    Explanation:
    The function of this task is to connect your connection to your home machine remote desktop service (port 3389). Then provide this connection to your office machine to use (port 3390)
     
  4. You will be connected to your router
    – Login as: root
    – Password: your router admin password
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    Explanation:
    When you telnet to your router, username is always root even if you have your own customize username when you login to web console.
     
  5. This is the screen after you successfullly login to your router.
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    Explanation:
    From here you can ping your host (remote pc) with its internal IP address, this is to check whether or not you machine indeed is turn on and accessible.
  6. On your remote machine (office machine) go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Communication > Remote Desktop Connection
    – Computer: localhost:3390
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    Explanation:
    Remember step 3? Well, since the service is provided already once we connect through Putty; we can use localhost (our current office machine) with the provided port which is 3390.
     
  7. Voila… you should be connected to your home machine, just login as per you are there.
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