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Gargoyle Firmware upgrade for : Asus RT-N16

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Hi there,

I just upgraded my Asus RT-N16 with the Gargoyle Broadcom firmware upgrade:
gargoyle_1.2.5-brcm-2.4-squashfs.trx

I originally had DD-WRT installed on the router, so I upgraded directly from the firmware U.I.

Once upgrade complete and router rebooted, DHCP does not work and even if I setup the PC's IP address manually, I still can't talk to the router.

I then installed the ASUS utility and was able to install the Gargoyle firmware by using the Firmware Restoration utility.  However, I still can't talk to it.

I need to install the Gargoyle firmware utility to my Asus RT-N16 and be able to talk to it.

Thanks for your help,
Rene

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You may have bricked your router. DD-WRT has a great source for how to recover a bricked router

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Recover_from_a_Bad_Flash

You will have to download the TFTP client. Usually what you do is use this to set the router into a Safe Mode where you can then reload your firmware to the router. When doing this, i'd recommend getting the ASUS firmware for you router (pay attention to version numbers on the router, as this may lead to bricking) and then restore it to the ASUS firmware, so that you're starting at safe point. Also check Gargoyle to see if it supports your router and more specifically the version of the router.

It sounds scary to brick your router, but follow the DD-WRT guide and be patient. The most nerve wracking part is getting the TFTP to take, but once you see the Safe Mode screen, you should be good.
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sdern,

I found that my Asus RT-N16 may not be compatible with the Gargoyle Broadcom firmware upgrade.

So indeed, it could have become bricked.

FYI, the ASUS router has a recovery mode where we can un-brick it by using a utility provided by ASUS and installing another firmware.

Thanks for your contribution and cheers,
Rene
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