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Dead WRT54G Version 1 - NO LIGHTS AT ALL

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by cassetti, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. cassetti

    cassetti LI Guru Member

    Here is my situation

    I've been searching the forums - and i can not find anything yet. So maybe someone can point me in the right direction.

    I have a WRT54G (actually i own 2 now and my parents have another one that i maintain for them - i love the linksys routers- they have never been a problem really configuring or using)

    Anywhoo - the first WRT54G that i got - back like 3+ years ago - is version 1.0 or 1.1 - it doesn't say but it does have the minipci in it.

    So yeah - it worked great at my parents house - then after a week of my mom and brother complaining that they could not get to the internet - and i could not figure out why cycling the power was not working and all - i finally went there. It turns out that the thing was dead - there was no way to talk to it ( i tried threatening it, bringing out the bat, begging it - it wouldn't reply!)

    It had no lights on

    So it now is at my place. sitting there waiting to be played with.

    I pulled it appart originally before realizing that there were forums about these routers. Because i heard about badcaps.com or whatever and read up on how there are so many bad capacitors out there - and that this could have been my problem....

    I used a digital multimeter - and checked the power supply - and i'm getting 5 volts going into the unit (couldn't measure the amperage)

    I plugged it in again - with no caseing - and i listend - i heard a buzzing noise from one of two 16volt caps near the power input. There were no lights on - but i can still hear this buzzing noise.

    I then read the forums and heard people say that the power supply may be dead - and buy a new one. But its an old router - its not worth a $30 power supply from radioshack. So if i can't find a 5 volt 2+ amps power supply and solder on this connector. i don't know what to do.

    I cracked open the Power supply and do not see ANY signs of any problems - the caps all look fine - the board has no burn marks. Nothing.

    Where do i go from here?

  2. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    where do you go from here?
    down to the shops to buy a new one for a start, if the router itself is "buzzing", it's unlikely to be the psu at fault. these are not economical items to repair to component level, except for a hobbyist to play with.
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    recommedations? WRT54GL or WRTSL54GS you can't go wrong with these two.
  4. cassetti

    cassetti LI Guru Member

    Well see - i have 2 wrt54g's already. I don't "need" a new one. Lol - if i fry this one - no big deal.

    If i revive it - it will be used as my test system for playing around and for use as an Access point if i can do that (still new to using non linksys firmware OS - i recently installed "Hyperwrt 2.1b1 + Thibor15c" on my version 4 or 5 wrt54g router - and havn't had any problems.

    So yeah - besides just trashing it - i'd like to see how i can salvage this
  5. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

  6. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    it'd make a nice paperweight :)
    btw, you have a v4; you can't put Thibor on a v5
  7. cassetti

    cassetti LI Guru Member

    Problem solved - turns out that the power supply was bad - even if it reads 5 volts - the amperage probably was the problem. Replaced it and it worked - problem solved lol
  8. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    When it truly dies, you can salvage the WM54G adapter within and use it on a notebook with a mini PCI slot.
  9. diesel

    diesel Network Guru Member

    that is awesome.. how do you change the power supply.. my old one is doing the same... what do i need to buy and how do i do it?!?! i would love to keep my wrt54g v1 as maybe a repeater or something
  10. Nightwind Hawk

    Nightwind Hawk LI Guru Member

    Linksys has a 3 year warranty in which they'll replace your router for you... since it's a v1, I'm assuming that it's older than that. However, try having a talk with them either on live chat or phone -- it's usually wasting time, but they offered to replace my router even though I've had it way over 3 years. :)
  11. diesel

    diesel Network Guru Member

    I just did that now that I read this thread... I don't know how they just agreed to it after it being over 3 years.. mine is over 3 years and without receipt and i had to raise hell to get one
  12. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    Just go to radio shack or whatever and buy a muti voltage power supply with the right end for the linksys, try it at 5v, if it doesn't work turn it up a couple V's this has worked for me every time I had a no power to a router/switch.
  13. jamesavery22

    jamesavery22 Network Guru Member

    Just chiming in. Buddy had a v1 wrt45g just stop showing any lights. Checked the AC adapter and it was showing around +5.16v when not plugged into anything. Plugged it into the wrt54g and measured the voltage at the plug on the PCB and it showed 4.00v. Hooked it up to a 5v power supply and it turned on right away. Are the adapters that come with the routrers (M1-10S05) overrated? Are the wrt54g v1 just sucking more than 2A so they are overloading the stock AC adapters?

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