Someone by the moniker of Blend3r contacted me with a new method of rooting both the NVG510 and NVG589 modems. It does require downgrading the firmware, but it looks easy enough to execute. He provides a Java app, or a write up on how to do it manually. I did a cursory check through the Java code while writing this, but he can of course change it at anytime. I trust him enough to link to him, but if you're security paranoid it is best to do the DIY method instead of using his app.
Anyway, his website is http://nvg589.tk/
Do not contact me about problems with his tool/method unless you think it's a virus or something like that (so I can unlink it). I looked through it and it makes sense to me, but I by no means support any of these. Don't ask me for help on how to do it, etc etc.
(the rest is left here for archival/historical purposes)
App was pulled from Google Play. The app violated Google's ToS out right, so there's nothing I can really do to appeal it and get it listed again. So, I'm making it free for everyone to download and side-load on their android device.
Download the latest binary release here: http://earlz.net/static/com.earlz.nvg510fixer.v2.2.apk
Also, this application is now open source! (albeit very dirty source code) You can find the source code on github.
I was selling it for $3 on Google Play, so if this app helps you, consider donating. My paypal address is earlz -at- earlz dot net. My Bitcoin address is
178DgR2aZcHeYHhXZwtvcJ5RD13Y6YMQBf, or my Dogecoin address is
About NVG510 Fixer
I get a lot of people coming to this site every day for fixing problems with the AT&T U-Verse NVG510 modem. I found the information to fix the common problems and root it. However, the procedure for fixing this is a bit technical. So, I made the Android application NVG510 Fixer. An Android application makes it a lot easier for you, but I also get to make a tiny bit of money along the way (have I mentioned there is a baby on the way!?)
First off, make sure the IP address of your modem is correct. If you don't know what an "IP Address" is, don't worry about it. This should only be different if you explicitly set it differently (which there is no reason to do)
Second, you'll need to enter in the password to the device. This should be written on a sticker on the modem labeled "Device Access Code". It should be a 10 digit number. Type that in.
What these buttons do
Now, you have a few different options:
- Enable Telnet -- If you know what this is, you may be interested in it (It'll be on port 23)
- Disable Telnet -- Everything here will enable telnet. It shouldn't be terribly dangerous to turn on since it's password protected, but if you're paranoid about security, you can disable it afterwards
- Fix Redirect -- This is the infamous "Potential Connection Issue" or
/cgi-bin/redirect.ha problem that hijacks other websites and is extremely annoying. Click this button and you'll never see that page again(note: you may have to restart your computer/browser if you are currently seeing it)
- Enable UPnP -- If you're a gamer, this option is useful to you. This enables Universal Plug And Play, which is a long way of saying that you can have an Open NAT type without having to do anything else
- Reboot -- Finally, you can restart the modem remotely if you're feeling lazy
There are a few different issues that could happen with this. I'll try to point you in the right direction
- I keep getting "login appears to have been unsuccessful" -- Make sure you're using the "device access code", not the "wireless network key". Also, make sure that when you go to http://192.168.1.254 in your browser that you get the AT&T modem page.
- I get "no route to host" -- Make sure your devices's wifi is connected to your NVG510 access point
- I get "operation timed out" -- You might have to try pushing that button once more
- I get "connection refused" -- sometimes it takes a few seconds to enable telnet(which every other button relies on). Wait a few seconds and try again
- Your application force closes! -- That's not good :( Send me an email at earlz -at- (this website name) or post below in the comments and I'll try and fix it
After Factory Reset
If you (or AT&T) does a factory reset of your modem, you will have to do this again. However, if your modem loses power and resets, you shouldn't have to run this again
It didn't work!
If you were seeing the "potential connection issue" page, and afterwards your browser gives an error like "server timed out" or "host not reachable", then you may actually not have internet. In that case, call AT&T and hope for the best :) This application will not solve issues with your phone line!
If it didn't do what you wanted, request a refund!
Where is a free version?
I know it's a bit tacky to charge for such a simple application, but I think it's justified in this case. I've spent plenty of time getting to know the NVG510 and helping other people with it, as well as preparing all of the information for publication here. So, I think it's fair. If you don't like it, I will always provide the slightly more technical version for free. See this blog post for details on how to do that.
I'm not sure. I want to add DNS server fixing, but I don't think I'll be able to fit it in. I'm using Xamarin Android Starter Edition. As such, I have limitations on how complex and big I can make my application. If you want to donate $300 for me to obtain a full license, I'd love you forever :)
This will completely reset your modem as if AT&T just shipped it to you. It will undo all configuration settings
Check the other published info (stub)