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WRV54G Brick?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by TylerBrown, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. TylerBrown

    TylerBrown Network Guru Member

    I tried upgrading my WRV54G to the latest official firmware on the Linksys website, which is 2.37 if I'm not mistaken. I had messed around with my unit for all of 2 hours, tweaking all the settings before I finally tried to upgrade. I didn't revert to factory defaults as I read that the firmware will do that by default.

    The problem? The unit reported that the firmware was being upgraded, I was doing this from a wired connection on the web interface, right before the page was directed to the default web-browser "Unable to display page." And now the power light blinks green for about 10 seconds before staying solid for 1 second, continuing this pattern.

    Whenever I plug a device into the unit the corresponding LED for the port lights up and displays activity, but I cannot ping the unit even when manually assigning an IP address to my computer.

    I returned the unit to Future Shop after spending an hour on the Linksys tech support chat trying to get the issue resolved. They didn't have a replacement unit so I just got my money back, but I'm wondering if I should buy another unit if its just going to do this again when I upgrade the firmware.

    Anyone know of a surefire way to reflash a unit in a situation like this?
  2. chris547

    chris547 Network Guru Member

    There's one way to reload software and that's via the bootloader which can be accessed via the serial port. (have to add 3.3v serial cable) That does require opening the unit which will void your warrenty.

    The bootloader looks like it's redboot which on other Linksys products usually has a second way of accessing it via a ethernet cable. On the NSLU2 it's telnet to port port 9000 just as it's booting up. So far I haven't managed to access it via a cable but you could ask Linksys if there's a recover from failed firmware procedure to access it.

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