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How to upgrade Firmware on a WAP54G-FR ?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by xVZx, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. xVZx

    xVZx Network Guru Member

    Hi all,

    Thanks for this forum.

    Sorry for this "stupid" question but i've got a WAP54G-FR and i don't find the way to upgrade anything !

    The actual version is : v1.08, Aug 05, 2003

    I made several "search" but i find anythuing about a procedure if exist on this model...

    Thanks for your help.

  2. xVZx

    xVZx Network Guru Member

    Shame on me...

    I don't see that i can do this operation from the "help page"

    Hum... i've got an other question gloups :
    Wich firmware can i put on this type of AP ?
    Some firmware i can find on this forum ?

    Thanks for your reply.

  3. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Network Guru Member

    You need to be very careful with your upgrade path. You indicated that the WAP54G runs 1.08. The first step is to upgrade to 1.09.1 and then to 2.07 or 2.08. You can find all at ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pub/network


    It is important to upgrade to 1.09.1 first.

    Whilst you may not wish to install the Hyperwap firmware there is good article at http://www.hyperwap.org/Installation.shtml which outlines the upgrade steps. Hyperwap is based off the 2.07 base
  4. xVZx

    xVZx Network Guru Member

    Thanks for this explanation LoneRanger...

    I made my first upgrade to v1.09.1 successfully :)

    So now i hesitate to put the officail linksys firmware : 2.08 or to put an other like Hyperwap or Mustdie....

    Wich is the best.. I think there is a lot a of discussion on it !


  5. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Network Guru Member

    I think HyperWAP is the best choice, whilst not based on the latest source it is very stable and works well. One advantage it has over the Linksys firmware is the ability to vary the signal strength to optimise the reception. You can increase the signal to reach to more distant parts of your house and perhaps more importantly decrease to minimise the overflow to surrouding houses.

    One item to be aware of, the DIAG led will be permanently on. This seems to be a bug common to most of the 2.07 based firmwares. It does not cause any operational problem. The link to the HyperWAP site was in my first reply.

    The official European 2.08 firmware is available at http://www1.linksys.com/international/product.asp?coid=15&ipid=612

    Plus there is also a WAP54GV3 3.03 US firmware at www.linksys.com which runs ok on my WAP V1. But it took a few reboots during the installation. I think my mistake was not to push the reset button prior to the upgrade.

    And whatever you do, the firmware upgrade should not be done via a wireless connection. Run an ethernet cable directly from your PC to the WAP. Set a manual IP address on your PC in the 192.168.1.XXX range (say with a subnet of ; the WAP will be after its reset
  6. xVZx

    xVZx Network Guru Member

    OK, so now my firmware version is : v2.08, Jan 24, 2005

    If i well understanding, in your case you've got the latest firmware from linksys based on : 3.03 US and over that you put the HyperWAP firmware to get more functionality.

    I'm totaly agree with you about making upgrade through an ethernet connetion.

    I don't totaly understand why we have to make a hard reset before this kind of operation.
    I done mine without to do this... I felt lucky ?

  7. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Network Guru Member

    No it is not a case of installing a Linksys firmware and then adding an alternative such as hyperwap to provide more functionality. Unless you take the Linksys source code and build your own firmware you are stuck with whatever the author supplied. Hyperwap is a modified version of 2.07 created by Avenger 2.0

    I ran the HyperWAP firmware for a few months, but when the recent Linksys 3.03 came out I gave it a try as a replacement and it seems ok. One advantage of the Linksys 3.03 firmware is WPA2 security. It all depend on what you looking for, If you need to the ability to vary the wireless signal strength select Hyperwap. Otherwise the Linksys 2.08 is fine.

    And my upgrade difficulty only ocurred with 3.03. I may have been lucky, but any firmware change has a risk of leaving the access point "bricked". There is a case of "if it is not broken don't fix it".
  8. xVZx

    xVZx Network Guru Member

    Thanks for your answer.

    I finaly put the 3.03 on my AP. It seems working well...
    I prefer also to have more functionality with WPA2 (802.11i).

    I successfully configure the AP in this mode :
    - Without any security (the simplest)
    - With WEP
    - With WPA PSK base on TKIP (WPA-Personal)

    But i d'ont find the way to do WPA2-Personal
    Do you use a specific soft on your PC/Laptop to do this ?

  9. xVZx

    xVZx Network Guru Member


    I resolve my pb myself...

    I change the driver of my laptop (Toshiba Tecra M1) intel centrino 2100 to ver1.2.4.35 and add the Intel Proset/Wireless Utility ver7.1.4.5.

    It's very cool to use this level of security (WPA2-Personal).

  10. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Network Guru Member

    Excellent, It is good that you got WPA2 working.

    Unfortunately neither my WUSB54G or laptop's wireless card support WPA2, so I have set the WAP54G to "WPA2 Mixed". Then configure each of the pc's to "WPA-PSK" with "AES" in the Windows network config option. I did try "WPA2-Personal" which was a nogo, I was unable to connect to the access point. Perhaps I will look to see if there are more up to date drivers and retry.

    WPA2-Mixed is a sort of intermediate between WPA & WPA2, it allows older WPA devices to connect as well as WPA2 devices.
  11. xVZx

    xVZx Network Guru Member

    Hi all

    I've got just an other question :

    What is the signification of the LED in front of the AP ?

    Because i've got this :

    Power : Green fix
    Diag : none

    Act : Green often blinking
    Link : Green fix

    Link/Act : Green sometime blinking
    Full/col : Green fix
    100 : RED fix => Why it was not in green fix state ?

    Thanks for your answer...


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