Getting Started

MiniPwner Default Settings

User: root   Password: minipwner

Wireless (wlan0):

Wired (eth0)

Basic Pen Test Preparation/Getting Started

  1. Insert the provided USB drive into the 3G port of the TP-Link
  2. Plug the provided network cable into the Ethernet port of both your computer and the MiniPwner
  3. Set a static IP on your computers Ethernet port to
  4. Provide power to the MiniPwner by plugging it into a wall outlet or into an open USB port on your computer
  5. Wait for the MiniPwner to boot (~30 seconds)
  6. Use an SSH client (such as Putty) to access the MiniPwner at on port 22
  7. Login as root, password minipwner

***  I strongly recommend you set a new root password using “passwd”  ***

I’ve run the router off the provided battery for over 5 hours, I’m not sure what the total battery life is before a recharge is needed.


If your MiniPwner gets “bricked” (you can’t login to it anymore because the network configuration is bad or you lost the root password) you can restore it back to factory defaults using the following process:

(If you are leery of reflashing yourself send me an email and we'll work something out. - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 #1 Boot the router in failsafe mode

             Power it off.

             Power it back on.

             Immediately press and hold the reset button with a paperclip for about 5-10 seconds.

 The LED will begin to quickly flash on and off.  This indicates the router is in failsafe mode. 

 It may take a few tries to get it to work.

Telnet to the box at  . No DHCP, so you need to manually configure your PC to the or other IP at that subnet.
Get a "squash-sysupgrade.bin" from the snapshot or the formal backfire in future. Get a nc (netcat) for your PC.
At PC: cat XXX.bin | nc -l 3333     <- 3333 is an arbitrary port, any free port would be fine, something higher than 1000.
(or on windows, nc -p -p 3333 < XXXX.bin )
At the telnet dialog:   nc 3333 > /tmp/703.bin      Copy would be finished within 5 seconds. Too short or long is no good or meaning failure.  Will not quit itself, control-C to break after 5 seconds.
Telnet dialog:
    cd /tmp
    mtd -r write 703.bin firmware

Once it reboots, follow the steps under “Build It/Community Edition” on the website to restore the MiniPwner software and configuration.