Unbrick Belkin F9K1115 v2 Wireless Router | The Recreational Writer | RecreationalWriter.com

So, you opted to try an open source firmware on your Belkin F9K1115 v2 Wireless AC 1700 router? Or perhaps you were attempting a stock firmware for it. But something went wrong, and now your F9K1115 v2 is making a decent paperweight. What happened to me was trying to restore the factory firmware using SSH. Everything looked to work great, until the Belkin Wireless AC 1700 router said on in the SSH utility (PuTTY), that the router was restarting.

For me, it never came back.

Oh the wireless router did try. But, alas, it was stuck in a continuous reboot. I could not SSH back to it, as it would not stay up long enough. The only real signs of life for it was the one small blue LED directly above the WPS button.

Fortunately, I discovered that it was still possible to restore the device. And I was successfully able to do so. However . . .

Please note that the steps outlined herein worked for me. It is no guarantee, inferred nor implied, that the steps will work for you. All technology is different. All environments are different. This could completely brick your device to the point of no return. Regardless of consequences, by attempting any and or all of these methods, you are agreeing that no one related to this website, or post, will in any way be held responsible for the outcome. Please use at your own risk.

The following methods worked for me to get my Belkin F9K1115 v2 back online, fully operational and back to factory specs.

Step 1: Disconnect any ethernet cables that are plugged into the Belkin AC 1700 Wireless Router.

Step 2: Press and hold the reset button on the back of the Belkin F9K1115 v2 AC 1700 Wireless Router for at least 5 seconds, or until an amber LED light begins blinking on the front of the Belkin router.

Step 3: Connect a standard ethernet cable into your computer or laptop, and then into the Belkin AC 1700 F9K1115 v2 router’s LAN 1 port. The configuration may vary, but the connection that I used was the LAN port directly adjacent to the WAN (yellow) port on the back of the Belkin router.

Step 4: At this point, you will need to statically assign an IP address for your desktop or laptop to be able to access the recovery of the Belkin router. Open a command prompt as Administrator (right-click, run as administrator) and enter the following: set address “Wired Ethernet Connection” static 192.168.2.3 255.255.255.0 (this statically assigns the IP address of 192.168.2.3 with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 to the “Wired Ethernet Adapter” on your computer – since the router will not have internet connectivity, we are not setting the default gateway) where “Wired Ethernet Connection” is the name of the wired connection on your specific device. Mine was simply “ethernet”. You can find this information by going to Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections on your device.

Step 5: In your browser, enter the following in the address bar: http://192.168.2.1 and press enter. You should get to a “load bootstrap” or similar page. At this point, browse to where you saved the firmware (either OEM or other.) Once complete, the Belkin AC router should restart. Once it has, plug it back into your modem via the WAN port, and configure as if it is out of the box.

Step 6: Go back to your elevated command prompt on your computer and enter the following: set address “Wired Ethernet Connection” dhcp and press enter.

If all has gone well, you should now have your Belkin F9K1115 v2 AC Wireless Router back operational and online. If you have found this article helpful, please share it.


About the author: Bruce is a CompTIA A+ certified Systems Administrator with experience in all things Windows (including workstations and server), some things Linux, a few things routers.

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