Bricked my ASUS-WL520GU and can't unbrick it :(

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by LarsMarkelson, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Anything I can do?

    I accidently installed Tomato regular instead of Tomato ND. ND is the version for the WL520GU. Now all the lights work and it looks like it is working, but I cannot connect to it.

    I've tried to restore the firmware using the ASUS utility, putting into recovery mode with the blinking light, then manually setting my PC to and connected to LAN1 to my PC... and it didn't work. It said Searching IP addresses forever.

    I don't know what to do now. I read up on things for the 9 pin trick but they're not for the 520GU. Not sure if I should try it.

    Please help me
  2. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I have no direct experience with this hardware, but have you tried forcing it into recovery mode as described here? Sounds like it, but not sue, again forgive my ignorance relative to this hardware. If that didn't do the trick, might have to try recovering it by accessing the serial port as described here (a bit down the page) or maybe search ebay for a kit that might make it easier.

    If you're going to try tftp and can't ping it, might be worth using the arp command to -try- manually mapping the router MAC to the expected IP address. I googled and found that process described here and here. Basically you plug into the router, either use arp to discover a MAC or get it off the router label, then use arp -s to create an arp entry. I've used this process to get into avocent console devices for initial configuration and have read of having to use it on routers although I've never had to myself.
  3. ImGeo

    ImGeo Addicted to LI Member

    I'm almost 100% sure that all Asus routers have a recovery mode where when it fails, it will go into recovery mode where the only function is to ask for new firmware. If you look around and still can't find it, PM me. Make sure that you refresh your browser very often (as it may cache the old recovery web interface).
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