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DD WRT upgrade STeps. After success what next reset or power

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by mesu55, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. mesu55

    mesu55 Network Guru Member


    Been looking but no luck.

    Installing the 22r2 and figured that the right .bin was most likely the basic.

    Now I have a success screen, but cannot find how to do the re-boot.

    MAIN QUESTION for now:
    Power off or reset. ????

    ALSO I did not change the channel and IP back to default befor upgrade but all other settings are same.

    Is there a step be step guide somewhere that would eliminate long searches for upgrades?

    IE: Note when you download and expand the dd_wrt.zip file there are several .bin files. Select your model and choose between theversions what may best suit your needs. BASIC should do it for most ???


  2. mesu55

    mesu55 Network Guru Member

    OK, guess there is no answer.

    Anyway, I installed DDwrt22R2 on three units.
    WRT54G v2.0 ver 2.2, and a 3.0

    I went into all three first and change the channel to "1" and password and a couple other settings and saved the changes.

    I downloaded and UnZiped the DDwrt22r2 file and decided the file WRT54G BASIC was the correct bin I needed. Upgraded all three perfectly. It updated immediately (without any reboot or power down) and my settings were all there.

    I did a power down just to make sure. I then set them up with NO WAN or internet so it was "disabled".

    I noticed that the MAC shown in STATUS was 2 digits off the MAC printed on the case. Once I installed THE MAC address shown in the STATUS window into WDS they all worked fine.

    I set #1 as the gateway and set gateway on the others to point to #1.

    I have all in AP mode so I can roam OK. The #1 is wired to my server box, and the middle one is WDS as a repeater/bridge to the other two, and the third is a AP WDS to the second one.

    ALL use the same SSID and channel. The power was left at the default of 28mw and I believe these will do great when placed at the site.

    I will post a site with all settings when I get a chance but this post MAY help someone looking to do a similar thing wiith THREE WRT54G units all using AP and wireless WDS to the main unit.

    My main challenge was deciding what settings to use as router, and all theat kind of stuff. I guessed a lot and some of the settings problobly are not effecting anythig yet. They are working fine and that is the main thing for now.

    Though I got no posts to this question I still got lots of help from this forum.

    THANKS all for your help.

  3. bytes2000

    bytes2000 Network Guru Member


    Found @ dd-wrt Wiki: http://wrt-wiki.bsr-clan.de/index.php?title=Main_Page

    The right way to flash your WRT54G/GS

    Flashing the Firmware should be done with stable wired connection.
    Flashing via wireless is inherently unstable and will likely brick your router.
    You will not have/need internet access from steps 2 through 5

    1) Download firmware
    - Download the latest release or pre-release version HERE (http://dd-wrt.gruftie.com/dd-wrtv2/index.php?link=downloads) or go to the DD-WRT homepage at http://www.dd-wrt.com/
    - Extract the archive

    2) Access the Web Interface
    Note for users not using the original linksys firmware: you cannot use tftp! Change your firmware to the official linksys firmware, and then continue below.
    - From a PC connected to one of the 4 LAN ports on the router open a web browser and go to the IP of the router (default ip is
    - You will be prompted for username and password (username is not required, default password is admin).
    - Enter username and password and you should be at the Web Interface of your WRT54G/S
    if you forgot the username and password, proceed to step 3 alternate.

    3) Reset to factory defaults
    Alternatively, you can press and hold the reset button on the back of the router for 30 seconds. This will also clear your password.
    - Click the "Administration" tab.
    - Click the "Factory Defaults" sub-tab.
    - Select "Yes".
    - Click the "Save Settings" button.
    - A new page will open, click "continue".

    4) Upgrade Firmware
    Do not turn off the computer, nor close the web browser, neither turn off the router during this process
    - Click the "Administration" tab
    - Click the "Firmware Upgrade" sub-tab.
    - Click the "Browse" button and select the DD-WRT .bin file you extracted in step 1.
    - The router will take a few minutes to upload the file, flash the firmware, and then reset.
    - A new page will open, wait 2-5 minutes before clicking "Continue".
    - If flashed successfully you will now be at the DD-WRT web interface and the Router Name will be DD-WRT.

    5) Reset to factory defaults AGAIN
    -Repeat step 3 above

    6) Enjoy
    -It is strongly advised that you enable the "Boot Wait" option under the "Administration" tab. This will help you recover in the future should you flash your router improperly.

    7) ?? Uh-oh ??
    -If your router fails to reboot (power light doesn't stop flashing, no web interface, etc) you will need to Recover from a Bad Flash.
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    most usually upgrade the firmware then reset the WRT54G by pressing the reset button for 30 Seconds.

    NOTE: make sure you do not press the reset button directly after the firmware upgrade says it is completed. it can take a minute or so for the flash ram to be upgraded. wait until the router reboots before resetting the WRT54G
  5. mesu55

    mesu55 Network Guru Member

    Thanks all for your input, , both here and in other forums inside linksysinfo on various topics.

    I have been away for a while but thought I would give an update in hopes it may help someone else too.

    I upgraded 3 WRT54G units. a WRT54G v2.0, a 2.2, and a 3.0.

    I downloaded DDwrt22r2. The zip had multiple files so I picked the WRT54G Basic file. I had already changed the IP number and password in my unit and left this. ALSO the firmware updated without a re-boot.

    After the upload the power LED blinked for several minutes. After it stopped I checked my settings and all seemed fine and it was running the wrt firmware.
    I went in and changed the wait on boot to yes.

    I learned that every time any changes are made to any of the settings through the web interface the the webpage will say complete about 10 seconds before the unit actually makes the changes. This is apparent by the power LED blinking for a few seconds after each change is made.

    I have clicked continue quickly and had the webpage go back to the screen I was on before the unit started blinking, but have since figured it much safer to wait for all the blinking to stop first.

    The layout I am using is:
    unit 1 is an AP with wds Point to unit #2
    Unit 2 is an AP with WDS point to multipoint to unit 1 and unit 3
    Unit 3 is the main gateway (but the WAN and router is disabled) and is WDS to unit #2.

    Once the units were working I set the MAC addies according to the mac shown from the STATUS/wireless webpage which is 2 digits higher than the MAC shown on the unit's lable.

    MAC on the lable is for the WAN.( C303) Up 1 is for the LAN (C304) and up 2 is for the WLAN (C305)and is the MAC used for WDS.

    Once all were tested for WDS connectivity I disabled LAZY WDS and entered the MAC addresses for each unit.

    ALL are working perfectly so far even with the output power set to only 28 mw.

    ALSO. The LEFT antenna is the antenna on the left while you are looking toward the unit's face (where the LED's are).

    I am gathering POE and power specs and will post it when all is done.

    Next is placing them on their towers (when they are put up) and seeing how the antennas work accross 1600 to 2000 feet jumps.

    Thanks again for all the help.

  6. habskilla

    habskilla Network Guru Member

    Does really mean I have to install lastest Linksys firmware over my current talisman 1.04. Then I can upgrade to DD-WRT?

    Is this really necessary?
  7. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    since freeman/talisman seems to block dd-wrt, yes

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