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Bought a Netgear WNR3500L, already locked out :/

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by kopf, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. kopf

    kopf Networkin' Nut Member

    So I bought a Netgear WNR3500L with a view to installing Tomato on it. Here are the steps I followed:

    - 30/30/30 reset
    - upgraded firmware from factory firmware to dd-wrt.v24-14929_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-WNR3500L.chk
    - 30/30/30 reset
    - Opened up router in IE, it complained about my password being a default one, so i set it to admin / password (still the same as the default). This is where I think I might've made a mistake...
    - Uploaded the firmware tomato-K26USB-1.28.9054MIPSR2-beta-vpn3.6.trx
    - 30/30/30 reset

    And now, when I go to the router in a browser, it accepts no password I give it (admin/password, root/password, admin/[nothing], root/[nothing], etc)...

    I found this entry on the tomato faq - http://www.polarcloud.com/tomatofaq#why_doesnt_my_password_work - and I think that's where I went wrong. I hadn't seen this step in any guides I was reading, and didn't telnet in and check what it had actually saved my password as, before uploading the tomato firmware. However, a nice guy on #tomato on freenode put my password into his router running dd-wrt mini and checked it, saying it might be $1$EjG1uw/8$nHej1B.LdaFPWc0L4vXuZ0 but that doesn't seem to work either.

    I'm going out of my mind here as to what I can do... The router isn't bricked, it's still in perfect working condition from what I can tell, and brand new... I'm just locked out, is all.

    Can anyone help?!
  2. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    do 30/30/30 reset and if still does not work reflash then reset
  3. Sharp Rock

    Sharp Rock Addicted to LI Member

    Do a reset. Default login for Tomato after a reset is username root, password is admin. Try that.
  4. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

    Try to use WPS button while plugging power and hold in ~15sek that should factory reset router
  5. kopf

    kopf Networkin' Nut Member

    Yea, I'd been doing plenty of 30/30/30 resets.... or at least I thought I was :) In the end it turned out that the pen I was using was too big for the reset hole, and wasn't actually resetting the router :) Got it all fixed later on. Thanks!
  6. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    When I went from DD-WRT to Tomato on an old router many years ago I ran into the same issue, missed that password step. What I did was reflash back to DD-WRT, used telnet to get the password and then flash Tomato again. Worked like a charm. Good Luck.

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