SSH + Root Access on Xiaomi Mi Router Nano / Lite / Youth

July 11, 2016

Obtaining ssh access along with root is as simple as flashing the Developer ROM and setting the root password via a POST request. However, the Developer ROM is completely in Chinese. Thus, it is advisable to have a copy of Google Chrome installed for automatic translation. Let’s get started.

  1. Download the Official Developer ROM
  2. Visit http://192.168.31.1, login and manually upgrade to the Official Developer ROM. Ignore any warning regarding downgrading.
  3. Wait for 5-7 minutes. After the router is back on again, you need to set a root password to be able to log in. Login to the router and copy the “stok” but from the address bar. Open up a shell and,
curl -d "oldPwd=your_admin_pass&newPwd=desired_root_pass" \
"http://192.168.31.1/cgi-bin/luci/;stok=<stok from browser url>/api/xqsystem/set_name_password"
  1. Now a response should indicate a code. If the code is set to 0, you have successfully set your password. Otherwise if you receive a text in chinese, translate that to figure out what is wrong.
  2. Happy Hacking!
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