Bricked WRT54GS v.2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by msnyder, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. msnyder

    msnyder LI Guru Member


    I'm new to this site, and a grand site it is for Linksys users. I have acquired a bricked WRT54GS v.2 WiFi router that evidently had DD-WRT installed on it, at one time.

    The person used the upgrade option from within the DD-WRT firmware on the router to try and bring it back to an official Linksys firmware and it's bricked. The power LED is continually blinking as well.

    What can I do to revive it, if anything?

    I've looked around the web, and this site, and there is a lot of information, but not too much of it makes complete sense. I can connect directly to the router with my notebook and ping, but that's about it for now.

    Any help would be much appreciated - Thanks
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Well we have the WRT54G Revival Guide that is in the Tutorials section.

    If you have already looked at this and make not sense of it i doubt we can help you. it is self explanatory.
  3. msnyder

    msnyder LI Guru Member

    Checked out the Revival Guide

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I have seen the Revival Guide, and it makes sense, but I have not been able to locate this "Auto Update Utility .exe" anywhere on the Linksys site, for a WRT54G or GS, like I have.

    If it's supposed to be in the most current firmware download, it isn't, and when I click on the firware file, being a .bin, it does nothing as I would expect.

    It appears that if I had that I would be good to go.

  4. msnyder

    msnyder LI Guru Member

    WRT54G and GS


    Another thought - In the Revival Guide it only mentions the WRT54G, by your comment, I assume that the procedure is the same for the WRT54GS v.2. Is that a correct assumption?

    If I ever locate the "Firmware Auto Update Utility.exe", I'll sure give it a shot. It's my son's router, and he gave up on it,

    I'm a Network Manager/Engineer, and used to working on the real thing, but these little toy routers are a pain. I hope to fix this one, but as cheap as they are, it may not be worth my time, but this sort of thing is fun - now and again.

    Thanks Again.
  5. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Navigate over to

    The file you are looking for is called "WRT54GS Setup" As you point out, this is older firmware but the wizard has (I suspect) an imbedded TFTP client in it and pushes the firmware to the unit as part of its setup procedure. Reset the box by pushing the recessed reset button in the back and give it a try.

    If this doesn't work right away, you might have to fool around with the timing of the procedure a bit....maybe booting the WRT54GS and running the utility as it boots since there is a 10 second window where it will accept a new binary as it boots.

    Similarly, if you are familiar with tftp servers/clients, etc., then you might want to find one of the older binaries of less than or equal to 3MB in size and try to push it to the address of the WRT54GS as it boots.

    Once you have successfully debricked the unit you can install the latest official (or other) firmware.

  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    you can alos use the TFTP utility (downloads section here) and the binary file, if you cannot get the auto update utility.
  7. msnyder

    msnyder LI Guru Member



    The TFTP server with the latest 4.71 code did it. I was hoping to have the WDS feature, but we can't have it all.

    It seems that the newer WRT54GS routers have that capability - it's too bad that they weren't able to enable it on the earlier versions of the WRT54GS box.

    I'll be heading down to the router store tomorrow to see about a box that provides WDS capability.

    Thanks for all your help, and have a Grand Day.
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