Installing Tomato on WRT54GSv1.0

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by jerrysteve, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. jerrysteve

    jerrysteve Addicted to LI Member

    Hey I'm new here so bear with me.
    I have a Linksys WRT54GSv1.0 that I'm trying to put Tomato 1.25 on. The router currently has Linksys firmware 4.71.4. When ever I try to use the Linksys firmware upgrade method through a browser it gets around 1/2 done stops and informs me that the upgrade was successful. I wait and wait to see if anything needs completing before I click on close, but all I get is the blinking power light. I am then forced to try and reinstall the Linksys via TFTP, which finally goes through after multiple attempts. I also unscrew the antennas to prevent the router from picking up the signal from other devices nearby.

    I am installing through an iMac G4 Lan port to Computer Ethernet port, obtain IP address automaticly to install Tomato. I am using the correct version of the .bin file.

    To reinstall the Linksys firmware I have the computer IP address set to and 10Mb half duplex using MacTFTP Client. It will ping 100 TTL (whatever that means).

    I'm wanting to try this Tomato firmware in order to hopefully improve the stability of the Linksys router (lockup, freezes, unplugging counting to 30 plugging back in, etc. sometimes several times a day, sometimes only once in a couple of weeks).

    I also was wanting to give it a shot to see if the range of the router could be improved.

    I also have a Buffalo WHR HP G54 that I don't hardly ever have to do anything to (months and months and months!). I don't want to hose it.

    This Linksys router acts this way with any firmware upgrade using the browser method, whether Linksys firmware, DD-Wrt (which I'm afraid to use because it seems hard to go back to the original firmware if something goes wrong), or Tomato.

    Is Tomato a good choice or should I try a different option? Most of the advanced features I would have to learn what they are for.

    I would be grateful for any help or suggestions!

  2. gawd0wns

    gawd0wns Network Guru Member

    It sounds like your router might need replacement. If it is defective/damaged, I don't think much can be done... Have you attempted to flash the Tomato firmware with TFTP?

    Be sure to do hard resets before and after flashing WRT54GS.bin, and you might want to flash with the New Driver (ND) version. Be especially careful since the router has been unstable.

    You can read about the TFTP upgrade method on the wiki. Be sure to read through the whole section:
  3. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    The wrt54gs v1.- has 8MB flash 32MB ram should work well with 3rd party firmware. There may be an issue with firmware size when using tftp or the Linksys web interface, dd-wrt used to recommend loading a mini/micro version first. One interim firmware which is closer to the old Linksys is Hyperwrt Thibor, should definitely be capable of moving to Tomato from that.

    But, if the hardware, maybe PSU? is failing 3rd party firmware will not fix it!
  4. jerrysteve

    jerrysteve Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for the possible bad news, thought that I might be holding my tongue wrong or something. There does seem to be something wrong with using the Web upgrade interface. Hardware or software?

    I think that I will try your suggestion of going to HyperWRT 15c. The power supply seems to be OK. The router does seem to generate heat, not hot but pretty warm. Would a fan or more space underneath help?

    If the router is really bad wouldn't I be unable to go back to the stock Linksys firmware via TFTP?

    Any other suggestions?

    Here goes

    thanks Steve
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