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WRT54GX4 problem. Bricked?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by ZeroState, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. ZeroState

    ZeroState LI Guru Member

    Hello everyone. I am a newbie when it comes to routers and firmware and stuff. My mom has been bugging me to get a better wireless router (better than a westell anyway) for the house, so I went on Ebay and bought one. Well I ended up buying two (won 2 simultaneous auctions) So I said to myself, I might be able to bridge the two and use them both or something. That was assuming they would work as I bought them from a big surplus seller who sells as-is items, untested. I got them in the mail yesterday and plug one in (a WRT54GS V.5) I can't log into it so I reset it to default. It seems to work fine and I'll go about setting it up a bit later as I also have to rewire some new phone lines and move the modem closer to the point of entry for the phone line, as right now the modem is plugged into the furthest jack from the input box, and I know the phone lines were daisy chained in some fashion, and I heard that this can reduce the effective DSL connection. Anyhow, I go about testing the other router, a WRT54GX4. The power light doesn't stay on but continuously blinks. I read earlier that router that does this usually is bricked, but possibly recoverable. At this point I have read through the different methods of trying to revive a WRT54G and have tried hard resetting the router through the various methods. I tried setting a static ip to communicate to the router with no luck. I did read something about the power on cycle where the router is "open" while powering on and using this window to re-do the firmware but I don't know how to go about that or if that's even what the article actually meant. Anyone have any advice?

    Update: The WRT54GS is now having issues when I tried communicating with it to set it up and upgrade the firmware. Well I'll probably mark it as a loss and see if either are still under manufacturers warranty from Linksys and try getting them replaced.
  2. ZeroState

    ZeroState LI Guru Member

    Well I got screwed. I broke down and went to fry's and bought a router over the past week (same WRT54GS but v6) and I came home and tested the v5 and it started working again, sorta. I figure I would try to work it out with that one so I left the v6 in the house and tried returning it today. It got a bunch of scratches and messed up box when my mom tried throwing the outer box away thinking it was trash, crumpling it up and stuff, and I dug it out before Friday morning trash pickup. It got torn up pretty bad and fry's wouldn't accept the return stating I tampered with the serial number. So now I have a semi-working WRT54GS v5, a brand new WRT54GS v6, and a busted WRT54GX4, and am out $170. Damn, the bad stuff keeps piling on. If anything, if the V5 fails I will know I have a working backup router. The GX4 is pretty much a basket case lost cause.

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