Factory Reset and Recovery
To restore your WiFi Pineapple back to a factory state, or to recover from a bad configuration, you can perform a Firmware Recovery.
The factory recovery method consists of using the device bootloader to flash the recovery firmware, and in turn, the final firmware.
Once downloaded, verify the SHA256 sum of the downloaded file, and make sure your WiFi Pineapple is unplugged.
To start the process, hold down the reset button while applying power to the WiFi Pineapple.
The WiFi Pineapple status LED will flash RED.
After approximately three flashes of the LED, let go of the reset button and continue to the next step.
The LED should blink RED rapidly, and then remain SOLID RED. If the status LED changes to BLUE, disconnect the power and repeat the process. Make sure the button is held in firmly, and release the button after approximately three flashes of the RED LED.
Be sure to navigate to http://172.16.42.1 with no port. To flash the recovery image you need to access the webserver on the default port - trying to connect to the WiFi Pineapple UI on port 1471 will not work!
If you have trouble reaching the WiFi Pinapple recovery page, make sure that:
- 1.The WiFi Pineapple LED is solid red. If it is not, disconnect the power to the WiFi Pineapple and try the reset switch again.
- 2.You have a static IP assigned to the network interface created when you plug in the WiFi Pineapple.
If you are still having trouble, try opening an Incognito or Private window in your browser, then navigating to http://172.16.42.1 . Sometimes the browser will cache previous results and obscure the page.
Select Choose file and then select the downloaded recovery file from earlier. After clicking Update firmware, the device will begin flashing. Do not attempt to flash a normal WiFi Pineapple firmware now - it won't work! You'll be able to flash the full firmware during the setup process once recovery is complete!
Do not unplug the device. Doing so will potentially damage your device. It will automatically reboot once complete.
Once the device has finished flashing, you will need to navigate to http://172.16.42.1:1471 to complete the setup process, same as the first time you configured it!