Here’s a surprise for you: Google’s OnHub router is actually a Chromebook in cylindrical form.
It’s a lengthy explanation – the video above is 21 minutes long – but it boils down to booting the OnHub in developer mode by combining a key sequence with flipping a secret switch under one of its screws.
Now that it’s rootable, perhaps someone will figure out how to enable the currently-useless USB port, or activate its disabled radio. Watch the video above for an explanation of the process, or head on over to Exploitee.rs for a description of the reverse engineering and more on the entire root procedure.
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Published October 9, 2015 — 17:15 UTC