In order to start off from a clean sheet or to use OverTheBox on a new configuration, you can reset OverTheBox

This guide contains several methods, each one achieves the same result.

Manual reset

  • quickly[b/] press the on/off button 5 times in a row (for at least two seconds)
  • Wait fifteen minutes for OverTheBox to start working again
Your OverTheBox has now been reset, you can reinstall it following the procedure in this guide: My first 10 minutes with OverTheBox

Reset in the OverTheBox interface

Then, in the Flash new firmware image section:
  • Click "Browse"
  • Choose the image file that you have just downloaded
  • Untick the "Keep settings" box (to make sure you are doing a real reset)
  • Click on "Flash image"
  • Wait fifteen minutes for OverTheBox to start working again
Your OverTheBox has now been reset, you can reinstall it following the procedure in this guide: My first 10 minutes with OverTheBox

Reset using the command line (via SSH or a screen plugged into OverTheBox)

  • Connect to your OverTheBox via SSH (ssh root@overthebox.ovh) and plug a screen directly into OverTheBox in VGA and then plug a keyboard in via USB
  • Type the following command:
  • cd /recovery/ && sysupgrade -n openwrt-x86-64-combined-ext4.img.gz
    - Wait fifteen minutes for OverTheBox to start working again
Your OverTheBox has now been reset, you can reinstall it following the procedure in this guide: My first 10 minutes with OverTheBox

Reset with a USB key

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Creating a bootable key in Windows (Win32 Disk Imager software)

This image turns your USB key into a bootable disk drive for OverTheBox
  • Use software such as winrar to decompress the image and retrieve the .img file
  • Plug your USB into the computer
  • Download the Win32 Disk Imager software and open it.
  • Click "Browse" to find the .img file
  • Select the USB key in the Device field
  • Click "write"
  • Once the task has finished, click "Exit"
The USB key is now ready to be used for OverTheBox
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Creating a bootable key - Mac OS

You need to use the command line for every action, so make sure to open a Terminal

  • Download the "Rescue" image using the following command
  • curl -C - -O http://downloads.overthebox.ovh/trunk/x86/64/openwrt-x86-64-rescue-ext4.img.gz
    This file enables your USB key to become a bootable disk drive for OverTheBox
You then have to find out which file is designating partitions for your USB key, to do this:
  • Type the following command just after plugging in the USB key:
  • diskutil list
    You will get several /dev/diskX results (where X is replaced with a number)
Your key's file will be the last one and it will look like this: /dev/diskX (external, physical).
You can make sure by checking that your key's name is displayed as it is in the following image
Now that you know the location of your USB key
  • Type the following command (replacing X with your key's numberclef):
  • gunzip openwrt-x86-64-rescue-ext4.img.gz | dd of=/dev/diskX
    Please wait for it to run, this could take a few minutes
The USB key is now ready to be used for OverTheBox
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Create bootable key - Linux

You need to run everything from the command line, make sure to open the Terminal

  • Download the "Rescue" image using the following command
  • wget http://downloads.overthebox.ovh/trunk/x86/64/openwrt-x86-64-rescue-ext4.img.gz
    This file enables your USB key to become a bootable disk drive for OverTheBox
You then have to find out which file is designating partitions for your USB key, to do this:
  • Type the following command just after plugging in the USB key:
  • df -h
    You will get several /dev/diskX results (where X is replaced with a number)
Your key's file will be the last one, you can make sure by checking that your key's name is displayed in the last lines
Now you have the location of your USB key,
  • Type the following command (replacing X with your key's numberclef):
  • gunzip openwrt-x86-64-rescue-ext4.img.gz | dd of=/dev/sdX
    Please wait for it to run, this could take a few minutes
The USB key is now ready to be used for OverTheBox
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Resetting OverTheBox using the bootable key

  • Unplug OverTheBox
  • Plug the USB flash drive into one of the USB ports at the back of OverTheBox (Do not plug the USB key into the port at the front)
  • Plug OverTheBox back in, the box will start to reset.
  • Wait until the front LED Power button is lit up (this could take a few minutes)
  • Unplug the USB key and restart your OverTheBox.
Your OverTheBox has now been reset, you can reinstall it following the procedure in this guide: My first 10 minutes with OverTheBox