I need some help over here, i've got an ASUS WL500W unit, it was working until yesterday after a bad attempt to change firmware.
Let me explain.
I was Running
And tryed to update to a Mega Build Generic.
Well, something goes wrong, and IE crashed (using webinterface). So the router stopped working.
Tryed the Reset and nothing ...
After some reads of many topics of bricked routers like mine, tryed hard 30/30/30 and for about 5 ou 7 times i got Ping Response with TTL=100.
After read the Peacock post, i've understand the router is waiting for firmware.
Well, i tryed my best, and after many many reads, i've got the right momment to upload the nvram.trx to recover my router (well Asus Recovery don't worked right on Windows 7, even after firewall disable and UAC turned off).
Well first TFTP worked right.
Then following the some posts, i just continue to fix my router, and running another TFTP with wl500g-recover.trx
Well until this part i was following and everything it's OK, but the router still respond with ping with TTL=100 ( so Peacock say's, waiting for Firmware right ?? )
I've tryed the Original 1.9.7 firmware of ASUS, no chance, the TFTP works right but even after 10 minutes waiting for something, and unplug from wall, and plug it again ... Dead End. Pings shows TTL=100 so didn't work as expected.
I've tryed other's solution like ...
Do everything Again, and Again ... and Flash the Asus Mini Firmware from DD-WRT. Well, again all the TFTP worked right, but no chance to get a single response from router, Ping's TTL=100 and no change.
Router Boots, pings 5 times and timeout timeout timeout.
Well, i've bot myselft very angry, because it was 140 US Dollars from Ebay to Brazil ... Sad don't want to loose my router.
Well, went to sleep for sometime, and another billion of topics and experience share ...
Tryed the Clear Nvram.trx again, the Recover Again ...
And as sugest by google, i've looked for other firmware ( in this case OLEG ).
Well well, quite well done.
I've flashed after the restore the oleg firmware !!!
Well, the router reboot, well now AIR led is UP and running.
Manage to ping router and Well i've got TTL=64, as Peacock says there is something on the router, is this OLEG !?
Well not so good. It's not Oleg and not Original Asus.org, it's a partial bricked DD-WRT.
If i try WebBrowser 192.168.1.1 (just work if i set the ip on LAN no DHCP on any conditions ).
I've got a prompt with my old config, asking for username and password.
But, it does not accept root, root and admin admin, and the root as user and the password i used to have.
Telnet the router works, but instead of showing something i could understand it show the router name as WL-MacAdress of the router itselft
So root/root doest no accept, and other combinations.
I'm still pinging router for now with -t option all response <=1ms with TTL=64
But if i try to TFTP with any DD-WRT firmware (TFTP Can not connect)
TFTP any OLEG firmware same result
TFTP Original asus, the same result
Well, if i reset it comes back to Ping with TTL=100
And i don't known what to do for now !!!
I think it's only partial bricked. But how can i recover !?
I've order from ebay the TTL=RS232 3.3V but i will have to wait for 15 days to have it on Brazil.
I'm Afraid of Short Pin 9 !!! So anyother chance to have it working !?
I'll try to contact asus RMA not sure if they have something on Brazil, but i don't think the will accept an EBAY item, and the Guy on Ebay will not accept it back, since i think it was my fault on something, and the Time to send defective unit just gone 3 weeks ago.
Thanks a lot for your help guys.