How to flash (what's a "hard reset")

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by spline, May 11, 2005.

  1. spline

    spline Network Guru Member


    I have some questions about putting a new firmware on the WRT54G.
    I allways read things like: "Restore to factory defaults", "Do a hard reset" and stuff like that.
    How can i do hese thinks?
    What do i have to do when puuting a new firmware on the box? Reset it afterwards - and how. Unplug it from power? Push the reset button - how long (5 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec)? Do both - press reset button unplug power, plug power and release the button?

    Sorry, this questions may sound stupid to most of you, but a i'm new to all this stuff, i have no experience with these thinks. And as i#m not an naive english speaker it's sometimes a little hard to understand what is meant with these sentences.
    Is there a kind of "WRT54G idiots guide" out there, where all these thinks are explained?


  2. freaky_00

    freaky_00 Network Guru Member

    There are 2 ways to my knowledge:

    1) Press the reset button on the backside for 5 seconds like the manual says

    2) or go to your router -> Administration -> Factory Defaults

  3. spline

    spline Network Guru Member


    Well, this is another strange thing. Even if I reset the outer by pressing the reset button and / or pull the power plug, my connection setting (username and pwd for PPoE) are still there.

  4. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member

    Generally, you are supposed to press the reset button for 30 seconds to reset to factory defaults.
  5. cliffi

    cliffi Network Guru Member

    didnt work for me, i pressed it almost 1 minute, but still it recognises my admin password and my username/passsword

    any idea?
  6. beeblebrox

    beeblebrox Network Guru Member

  7. cliffi

    cliffi Network Guru Member

    could it really be an exploded capacitor?

    i still got warrenty on mine, so i dont want to open it and iam really happy with the hyperwrt on it, i just was confused as it didnt reset the passwd after i reflashed it and still got my login details.

    All other settings, like IP of the router, DHCP settings, Port forwarding, QOS, WLAN were resetet, just the login pwd and the PPPoE settings were still there
  8. beeblebrox

    beeblebrox Network Guru Member

    No, in your case it's definitely not a capacitor. I think your hardware is OK. After repairing I still have the issue with the stored network password and username. But I don't care about that, cause the router works again.

    You shouldn't care about that issue too. Seems to be "normal" that the router does not delete these two settings. I think your router works. So don't care about that little firmware bug and be happy, coz your router is 100% OK. :))))
  9. beeblebrox

    beeblebrox Network Guru Member

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