My GL-iNet 6416A is DEAD and needs a revival

Hi there,

I’ve bricked my GL-iNet smart router (model 6416A with 16MB flash) that i bought 2014.
It was running that standard GLI firmware. I tried to flash the firmware to the TOR-firmware (without TOR over LAN.),
but while flashing the power went off, it happens often while running to many devices at the same power network.
When i power it on only the green LED flashes one time and stays on.

While turning it on (without any other port than the microusb port connected):
Green LED flashes 1 time, very fast -> Green LED stays on.

While holding the “Reset” button and turning it on (without any other port than the microusb port connected):
Green LED flashes 1 time, very fast -> Green LED flashes 5 times -> Green and red LEDs flash 2 times -> Green LED flashes 2 times -> Red LED stays on and the green LED flashes 2 times -> Both LED stay on.

When i connect it while normally turning it on (using the LAN port, with a static IP set to 192.168.1.2 and with a subnetmask of: 255.255.255.0): - Windows (8.1) says that is an "Unidentified Network", it has "Limited" access, and does not show a "Default gateway". - 192.168.1.1 does not respond to ICMP-message's (pings.) - 192.168.1.1 is not being loaded in my browser (i've cleared my cache.) - 192.168.1.1 is not being found by SSH (i am using PuTTY.) - In my networks bar in windows 8.1 is names the connection as: "Unidentified Network".

When i connect it while normally turning it on while holding the “Reset” button (using the LAN port, with a static IP set to 192.168.1.2 and with a subnetmask of: 255.255.255.0):

  • Windows (8.1) says that is an “Unidentified Network”, it has “Limited” access, and does not show a “Default gateway”.
  • 192.168.1.1 does not respond to ICMP-message’s (pings.)
  • 192.168.1.1 is not being loaded in my browser (i’ve cleared my cache.)
  • 192.168.1.1 is not being found by SSH (i am using PuTTY.)
  • In my networks bar in windows 8.1 is names the connection as: “Ethernet”.

I hooked it up to my main network and scanned for devices, this is my output:

  • It is not being found on my main under both modes.

I’ve tried to connect it using a USB2UART adapter i bought from DealExtreme (this one: http://www.dx.com/p/usb-to-uart-5-pin-cp2102-module-serial-converter-81872 , the same site i bought my GlI from.)
I installed the VCP driver from Silicon Labs and found out is was running on COM3.
While downloading PuTTy i found out that my GLI was running on a speed of “115200” (source: https://wiki.laglab.org/Gl.inet .)
PuTTy connected successfully with the COM3 port while the device was on (if it was off PuTTy would throw an error) but,
while the TX LED was flashing there did not apppear any text in PuTTy it self.

Could you please help me recover my little white GLI.
I’ve never used TTL before and a feedback would be great.
If needed i can record the LEDs while starting.

Thanks in advance :D,

Goldkigt2

P.S: I really loved the sticker on the side of the packaging with: If you like it … Please write a review. Thanks a million!
But i still haven’t made a review. This is going the be a task of top priority.

Method 1:
While holding the “Reset” button and turning it on (without any other port than the microusb port connected):
Green LED flashes 1 time, very fast → Green LED flashes 5 times ->(release your finger here) Green and red LEDs flash 2 times → Green LED flashes 2 times → Red LED stays on and the green LED flashes 2 times → Both LED stay on.

First connect a cable to the WAN port, then release your finger when your see GREEN LED flashes 5 times, you will have the webpage from uboot to reflash your firmware. This is the same as you reflash the Tor firmware.

Method 2:

when using serial, seems your device is working ok. Next is to make sure you didn’t connect the wrong wire. check here: http://www.gl-inet.com/docs/smartrouter/?diy_serial.html , TX of your USB device should connect to RX of the router.

What kind of bootstrap options are configured in Uboot at the 6416?

If there is an option to load firmware from USB that could be a life saver. IF it is configured in Uboot

There is no “load firmware from USB”. But I know some uboot does have this functions.