Broken Belkin N600 Router Rescue (Access point locked)

December 8, 2013 at 21:46:58
Specs: Windows 8, 2.60/6
I've been chasing a fix for a while now and could use some help. Here are the details:


ISP: Pirelli DRG A115 V3 (Board ID Pirelli_6332_4P)
LAN: Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router (F9K1102)
Laptop: Acer V3-471


Windows 8.1 SL
Wireshark 1.10.3
Firefox 25.0.1 / Chrome 31.0.1650.63 m

Previous considerations:

I DO get wired internet directly from ISP.
I DO get wired internet thru Belkin.
I DO get wireless internet from Belkin.

Default gateway:

Its been a while since I set the Belkin as an access point (AP). Now I was planning to configure security for my LAN but cant access Belkin management screen. The obvious solution would be factory reset, as seen on multipple forums. But here is the thing: THE RESET BUTTON IS BROKEN! Ive tried removing it and soldering a new one in without luck. So, option discarded.

Ive noticed with Wireshark, the 3rd capture gets TCP packet from source (laptop) to destination (supposedly Belkin AP). But when I try ant browser it wont display content for that IPv4.

Any ideas on how I can access Belkin management again? Any ideas on how to force factory reset on devices with 3rd party software? Or even physically directly on the devices electronic board?

Any help very much appreciated.

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December 9, 2013 at 03:57:22
Replace the router - what's the use in struggling with a broken one?

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December 9, 2013 at 09:21:18
Yeah, I have to agree with phil22 on this one, just replace the unit. The cost on these SOHO routers is low and it's likely the best option you have at this point.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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December 16, 2013 at 22:51:53
Sure! My car broke, buy a new one.

Wrong place to look for solutions.

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December 18, 2013 at 11:00:17
There is a lot of difference between the price of a new car and the price of a router.

There are times when the hassle is not worth the price and that even applies to a clapped out motor car.


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December 18, 2013 at 13:20:43

Used to be if my car broke, I fixed it myself because I could strip and rebuilt a V8 and make it run. But that was a car with a carburetor and no microchips in it. Today if my engine with the EFI/electronics/microchips breaks, I'm forced to take it to a shop because I can no longer fix it myself.

My point.......if you're not qualified, or capable, of soldering a new reset button on your router, then you're either going to have to take it in to someone who is, or replace the unit.

We recommended replacement because you can buy a good SOHO router for under $100.00 If you take that unit in to someone to have it repaired you're going to be billed for the part and labor. I would expect no less than 2 hours labor. Figured at around $100 per hour..........well, I'm sure you can do that math quite well yourself.

Since you're not qualified, or capable (if you were, you'd have just ordered the part and repaired it already without coming here to ask for help) you're stuck with the two choices I've mentioned.

As for your smarmy response...I'm sorry you weren't bright enough to figure this out for yourself but feel free to ask on several other forums............and when you finally find yourself buying a new router remember this...."We told you so"

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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