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Long Reset Fon Routers

Long Reset for Linksys and Buffalo routers:

1) Unplug only the fon router’s power cord.
2) Push in the reset button.
3) Plug the power cord back in without releasing the reset button.
4) Continue to hold the reset button in for 30 seconds, the router may reboot several times.

It is generally finished when the DMZ light stays off.

If it is a GL model and it has also aquired an internet connection, the amber Cisco light stays on.
5) You may need to reboot your laptop now and reassociate with the router’s default SSID.

Long Reset for La Fonera routers:

1) Leave your modem on and ethernet cable connected.
2) Unplug the La Fonera’s power plug from the wall.
3) Use a nonconducting object like a toothpick to hold down the reset button on the bottom of the router (be gentle, it’s just a bare bubble switch).
4) Plug the power cord back in – don’t release the reset button.
5) Wait 30 seconds, release the reset button.
6) Walk away for 2-24 hours. The router’s probably going to keep downloading updates and reboot itself for a while.

If you’ve made any custom changes in your “User Zone” router remote administration page, you may have to log back in there again and click the [Update] buttons for features you’ve previously adjusted. Wait a few minutes afterwards, and then ”powercycle” your router manually (or wait 2-24 hours for it to work automatically) by unplugging the power cord a moment, then reinserting it (Don’t press the reset button to “reboot”!).

Click below for Freddy’s advanced La Fonera reset methods:

These methods are provided by Fonero “freddy”. Some of them require SSH shell access to the router in advance. Freddy is someone who sure knows what he’s doing. He’s even created an alternate Fon-compatible firmware for Linksys routers. Visit his website first to see if he’s updated the instructions: How To Recover A La Fonera, else read below if his website is not available:

Some people asked me how to recover a fonera, here are some methods:

methode 1:

  1. Press the reset button for > 15 seconds
  2. This requires a working Fonera
  3. Sometimes it didn’t work for me.

methode 2:

  1. Run “rm -R /jffs/*” and pull the plug
  2. It should result in a reseted fonera

methode 3:

If everything fails and you killed your shell on the serial console:

  1. As soon as you see “Please press Enter to activate this console.” press Enter
  2. Now you have to hurry up!
  3. Paste “cat /proc/mtd” and press Enter (even if you don’t see your pasted line)

You should see this list:

dev: size erasesize name
mtd0: 00030000 00010000 “RedBoot”
mtd1: 006f0000 00010000 “rootfs”
mtd2: 00560000 00010000 “rootfs1″
mtd3: 00010000 00010000 “config”
mtd4: 000b0000 00010000 “vmlinux.bin.l7″
mtd5: 0000f000 00010000 “FIS directory”
mtd6: 00001000 00010000 “RedBoot config”
mtd7: 00010000 00010000 “board_config”

  1. Search for the “rootfs1″ line and take the number of the beginning of the line (mtdX)
  2. Now you have to reboot again
  3. Press Enter again but now paste this line:
    echo -ne ‘xdexadxc0xde’ > “/dev/mtdblock/2″
    Make sure you’re using “/dev/mtdblock/X” (the mtdX number)
  4. Now reset it again and you should receive this message:

Please press Enter to activate this console. jffs2_scan_eraseblock(): End of file system marker found at 0×0
jffs2_build_filesystem(): unlocking the mtd device… done.
jffs2_build_filesystem(): erasing all blocks after the end marker…

This takes some time but you should have a fresh fonera again.

If this doesn’t work you probably have to use a JTAG cable.

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