[Noisebridge-discuss] Bricked Router

Taylor Alexander tlalexander at gmail.com
Tue Jan 18 19:46:20 UTC 2011

I've unbricked a couple WRT54G routers in my day. I remember that all
I had to do was short two pins together on one of the chips. It was a
reset line, and everything worked after that. I don't recall exactly
what it was, but it was easy. JTAG is a programming interface, but I
don't think I had to mess with that when I did it. Or maybe the two
pins were JTAG related - but I definitely remember that it was pins on
the chip, not pins on a JTAG connector.

Its worth trying. It may not work but its easy enough to try. Just
keep looking for instructions along those lines.


On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM, Robert Fletcher
<lobatifricha at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey All,
> So I was trying to install DD-WRT on our router and managed to brick it.
> This wasn't entirely unexpected as it was pretty much a last resort to try
> and get it working before buying a new one, which I did.  But I thought if
> anybody knew how to unbrick it I would love to learn.  From my cursory
> readings online it apparently requires opening it and doing something
> related to the acronym JTAG, but that's where things start to get fuzzy for
> me.  Does anybody have any experience with this and is willing to teach me?
> It's a Linksys WRT54G.
> Thanks,
> Robert
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