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Losing web interface access but still have telnet access

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by astehn, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. astehn

    astehn Addicted to LI Member

    After issuing a reboot command to my WRT54GL running Tomato 1.21, I can no longer access the router via the GUI/web interface. I can ping the router and even access it via telnet, so it seems to be running (well, as far as I can tell from running the "top" command and without really understanding linux). I tried issuing a "reboot" command from telnet, which seemed to work, but it did not restore web access so I'm still stuck.

    This happened to me once before, and the only fix I came up with was to restore factory settings by holding in the reset button for 30 seconds. The trouble is that I don't have keys to the office where the router is (in spite of being the person that manages the connection!), and the office won't be open again until Monday afternoon.

    Is there anything I can do to restore my access? I have a backup configuration file, but I only know how to load it using the GUI. Is there some way to restart the GUI via a telnet command? Or a way to load the backup config via telnet? Perhaps a way to perform the equivalent of the 30-second reset via telnet? Presumably, I could then connect to it via wireless (it defaults to a SSID of "tomato", right?) and upload my backup config via the web interface.

    Any help would be much appreciated. It seems like there should be some way to get back in given that I still have telnet access. I just don't understand Tomato or linux well enough to understand how.

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