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Hacking the SamKnows Whitebox

The SamKnows Whitebox is a free router (TP-Link TL-WDR3600) provided by SamKnows to gather internet speed statistics. Ok that's great, but any person with a small amount of hacker's spirit will want to hack it to install some custom firmware to take advantage of the two gigantic antennas on the back, the USB ports and everything else.

Step 1 : Debug mode

Root access can be obtained via a "debug mode" on the router giving you a direct root shell via telnet, amazingly simple.

  • Disconnect the Whitebox from the internet.
  • Connect your computer directly to the Whitebox via Ethernet to one of the four ethernet ports on the Whitebox.
  • Configure your computer's IP settings to "Manual" setting the computer's IP address to 192.168.1.2, the Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0 and the Gateway to 192.168.1.1.
  • Turn off the Whitebox.