I’m assuming that you found this article because you are in search of a way to fix your bricked Linksys E3000 router. So here’s good news for you. This should be the last stop that you will need because we have the step-by-step guide that will unbrick your router and save you money from buying new router in the process. That is in case you have all the requirements needed to do this method.
And speaking of requirements, this might be a little off your list considering that it’s already decades since the Windows XP operating system has been swiped off Microsoft’s group of OSes. If you do not have that OS then pray tell that the other methods should work for you. So here’s how to fix bricked Linksys E3000 router.
Fix a Bricked Linksys E3000 Router
- You must first download the bin file here. Then rename it to routerfix.bin. This means that you first need a working internet connection to do this. So do yourself a favor and do that before we continue with this method.
- When you are done with the download move the routerfix.bin to your desktop.
- Now you must set your IP to manual setup. That means you will need to edit the IPv4 on your network connection. To do this, right-click on the Ethernet icon on your taskbar’s right side. Click on the Open Network and Sharing Center.
- Now click on the Change Adapter Settings.
- Once in, double-click on your LAN icon and click Properties.
- Now, on the Ethernet Properties window, scroll down to IPv4 and hit Properties again.
- Tick Use the following IP address to edit the IP address manually.
- Now type in the IP address 192.168.1.10 and 255.255.255.0 for the Subnet mask. The Default Gateway should be https://192.168.1.1 then press OK and exit.
- Now connect your Linksys router to your Windows XP machine LAN port.
- This time on your Windows desktop, press Win+R. In case you are not familiar with that, it’s Windows button near the space bar on your keyboard and the letter R.
- The Run window will appear. Type in CMD and press ENTER. Do this twice so you will have two command windows open.
- On the first command window, type in cd desktop and press ENTER
- Next, type PING -t 192.168.1.1 but DO NOT PRESS enter yet. You need to do something first.
- Now go to the other command window. Also, type in the cd desktop and press ENTER again.
- This time type tftp -i 192.168.1.1 PUT routerfix.bin but DO NOT PRESS ENTER yet.
- Go to the first command window and press ENTER and shift to the other command window and press enter as well.
- This will upload the firmware to your Linksys E3000 router.
Note: This method should be done within seconds so you will most likely to fail in the first tries. That means you will have to do a lot of tries until you finally succeeded.
This method is much easier and not so much of a promising one. But it is worth the try in case the first method just does not work out for you. So cross your fingers and hope for the best.
- Turn on the Linksys E3000 router.
- Once it is fully booted up, press the reset button for 30 seconds. Yes, that’s full 30 seconds without letting go.
- After that 30 seconds, unplug the router while you are STILL pressing on to that reset button for another 30 seconds.
- Now plug in back the router. Still, you must be holding on to that reset button for another 30 seconds. Then after that third 30 seconds, you may now let go of the button.
- Now that should do something good to your router. If not then the router must be busted and not bricked.
Note: This is a wild shot on the moon but is there any chance that your LAN cable is the one that is acting out? If there is that slight little chance, try to get another LAN cord. And this time, try it again. If it connects you to the internet then I guess it’s fixed.
By the way, do this method especially the first one at your own risk. We are not responsible for anything worse that could happen to your already bricked Linksys E3000 router.
And as far as we have tested these methods, none of them have caused any explosions, viral infection, earthquake, or end of the world crisis. So if these cataclysmic events occurred to you, those are not our doing. I promise.
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