Dead wrt54gs?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by burritoboy9984, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. burritoboy9984

    burritoboy9984 Addicted to LI Member

    I have an old wrt54gs that I decommissioned about 6 months ago in favor of a wrt54g-tm and today I went to power it up to test some stuff and all I get is a blinking power light.

    So I started reading on what could cause it, and among the dd-wrt forums, I noticed that certain earlier versions of this router can brick when doing a hard reset. I don't recall doing a hard reset before, but I did try one before I started reading today after I had left it on for 5 minutes and nothing was happening. So I guess what I am asking, is has this happened to anyone here? And how hard is this to fix?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Beast

    Beast Network Guru Member

    Here is a link for unbricking a wrt54gs v7, the methods he describes work on other rev levels as well. I used ttftp method to unbrick a wrt54g. Read through the whole thing. Since you said it was an older model I suggest going with using ttftp. There are more hard core unbricking methods out there, that require pin shorting and also one where you need to build and use a jtag cable. But lets hope you dont need to go that far. Good luck.
  3. burritoboy9984

    burritoboy9984 Addicted to LI Member

    Will try tomorrow and report back... thx beast, that is by far the most detailed and well written one I have found :)

  4. burritoboy9984

    burritoboy9984 Addicted to LI Member

    Well that didn't work, never get a ping response no matter what I do :( Thanks for the help anyways!

  5. Beast

    Beast Network Guru Member


    Well this is where the pin shorting comes in. I had to do this as well. I was unable to get a ping until I shorted the pins, then i got a ping and was able to do the ttftp. Let me see if i can find the link it has pics and all of the shorting process.

    Before I look for more links, what is the rev of your wrt54gs?????

    Link (1)
  6. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

  7. burritoboy9984

    burritoboy9984 Addicted to LI Member

    Yup, tried several power adapters, oh well, it was a spare...

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