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BEAM iSeries – Device Recovery Options


This page is an overview on various recovery options for the BEAM 5i and BEAM 8i devices.

Default Login Information

Using recovery methods resets the device’s configuration to its default state. Therefore, you will need to use the default authentication info in order to login to the device. The default login information for the BEAM 5i and BEAM 8i is provided below:
  • Default Address (LAN IP):
  • Default Username: admin
  • Default Password: admin01

Factory Reset

A factory reset returns the device back to its default factory settings, i.e., it deletes all custom configurations. Below you will find various methods of performing a factory reset on the BEAM 5i and BEAM 8i.

NOTE: SIM PIN on the main SIM card is the only user parameter that is kept after a factory reset.

Reset Button

The reset button is located on the back panel of the device:

The reset button has two functions:

  • Reboot the device. If the reset button is pressed for up to 4 seconds, the device will reboot. Start of the reboot will be indicated by the flashing of all 5 signal strength LEDs together with the green connection status LED.
  • Factory reset. If the reset button is pressed for at least 5 seconds (by default), the device will perform a factory reset and reboot.
    NOTE: the default button hold time value (5 seconds) can be changed in the router’s WebUI, from the System → Administration → General page.

Web UI

You can also perform a factory reset from the BEAM 5i and BEAM 8i WebUI. To do so, login to the router and go to the Administration section found under the System tab (System → Administration → General). In the very bottom of the page there’s a Restore button that performs a factory reset on click:


You can perform a factory reset with the SMS Utilities restore rule. If the rule hasn’t been disabled or changed in any way, all you need to do is send an SMS message to the router containing the text:

<router_password> restore

Note: Replace <router_password> with your actual password.

Command Line

You can perform a factory reset via command line by executing the firstboot command. After this you will be asked to confirm the reset. If you’re sure, type the letter y and press “Enter” or type the letter n if you wish to cancel the reset.

If you agreed to perform a factory reset, next type in reboot and press “Enter”.The router will be reset to it’s factory settings and rebooted. The entire sequence of events should look like this:

root@Beam5i:~# firstboot
This will erase all settings and remove any installed packages. Are you sure? [N/y]
/dev/mtdblock5 is mounted as /overlay, only erasing files
root@Beam5i:~# reboot

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