Installing dd-wrt v23 on WRT54GS v4

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by DNAtoByte, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. DNAtoByte

    DNAtoByte Network Guru Member

    I just purchased a new WRT54GS v4 router and I would like to take advantage of DD-WRT v23 firmware. I just want to verify that I'm actually uploading the correct version of the firmware. I have read what appears to be conflicting reports on several forums, so I thought I would ask the question here to ensure that the I get the correct answer. I read in the installation documentation on the dd-wrt wiki that the mini version of v23 must be installed first via the web update interface. The installation documentation states that I should use the gsv4 specific bin file for the update (dd-wrt.v23_mini_wrt54gsv4.bin). This and other forums have stated that if you use the web update interface of linksys, you must use the generic mini file for the update (dd-wrt.v23_mini_generic.bin). So my question is, which statement is correct. This is the first time I've used 3rd party firmware on a wireless router, and bricking on the first try may spoil the experience :thumbdown:

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. noddyc

    noddyc Network Guru Member

    Hello DNAtoByte,

    The correct firmware files to use is the generic when flashing using the linksys web interface.

    If you want to use the voip or vpn build always flash the router with the mini build first.

    I am using dd-wrt v23b final on wrt54g v4 and have not had any problems using this combination.

    Best of Luck

  3. Vazze

    Vazze Network Guru Member

    You SHOULD go with:


    then upgrade with the firmware of your choice (standard, voip, vpn)

    I had a problem going with dd-wrt.v23_wrt54gsv4.bin (as mentioned in the WIKI on so i just flashed the router with the:
    dd-wrt.v23_wrt54gs.bin firmware, and it works great.

    AND no disrespect to noddyc, but the router DNAtoByte wants to flash differs a whole lot from the G model that you have, so the tips you wrote wont do him any good. As he has the GS model.


    Refer to the WIKI on and see for yourself.
  4. 69mws

    69mws Network Guru Member

    Here's how I did it and I have a WRT54GSV4 with dd-wrtv23 final (had several betas before):

    I flashed the mini-generic as recommended in the wiki (doing a hard-reset before and so on). As for further flashing, I had the most success using tftp (the one with the gui), by proceeding like this:

    - Put your router's ip in tftp (normally
    - Password: admin
    - Select the proper v4 firmware you like (I use 'std')
    - Hold the router's reset-button for 30 seconds
    - Very shortly after releasing the reset-button, hit OK on tftp (while power-led is still blinking)

    In case it works, tftp should tell something like 'erasing flash' and report success shortly afterwards. Wait until the power-led stops blinking (rebooting takes a bit longer than usual).

    Everything's working fine for me.

  5. DNAtoByte

    DNAtoByte Network Guru Member

    I now understand why there are conflicting statements in the multiple forums that cover dd-wrt. From what I gather, even with the several responses I got to this thread, there appears to be conflicting statements. One post says use the mini-generic, another says that will brick your router and you have to use the version specific. Both posts say there method worked for them? I can honestly say I'm completely confused about how to proceed :(

    Is it possible that everyone is right?
  6. Vazze

    Vazze Network Guru Member

    The only thing u have to think off, is the BOLDMARKED Areas on the quotes above..

    the WRT54G are NOT the WRT54GS and the otherway around..

    Hope its clear now.
  7. 4EverGreen

    4EverGreen Network Guru Member

    I also have a WRT54GS v4 and didn't load the generic ... 8)

    It's true that the documentation recomends to load the mini_generic version if flashing from the web GUI, but it's also true that I flashed 2 WRT54GS v4 with dd-wrt.v23_mini_wrt54gsv4.bin and dd-wrt.v23_wrt54gsv4.bin both from the web GUI quickly and without any issues.

    They're running smoothly and problems free. :D

    Perhaps the wiki needs some minor updates ...

    Nevertheless, I think the key thing is to reset the WRT to factory defaults before and after every flash. :thumb:
  8. yukycg

    yukycg Network Guru Member

    I have both gsv4 and gv4, for gs4 for some reason I can't even flash with mini-generic, no big deal since I already returned it. For G v4, I just directly flash to the dd-wrt std version(when it was in beta)
  9. DNAtoByte

    DNAtoByte Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the replies!

    I will give the mini-gsv4 firmware a go and keep my fingers crossed :thumb:

    Thanks again!
  10. THILE

    THILE Network Guru Member

    Hmm.. Interesting. Because I flashed my WRT54 GS v4 with the generic mini version, and it works perfect.
    I was also very confused over what version to flash.
  11. noddyc

    noddyc Network Guru Member

  12. TaMaX

    TaMaX Network Guru Member

    I used mini_generic and i have error. Then i used mini_wrt54gs4 and ... i have error :cry:
    BUT i solved problem. You must use IE to flash , and not firefox :cheering:

    Now everything work fine on mini_generic.
  13. asianangel28

    asianangel28 Network Guru Member

    why do you have to upload the mini version first?
    can't you just upload the standard version and leave it as is, cause that's what I did.
  14. TaMaX

    TaMaX Network Guru Member

    Coz only mini can be mounted on gSv4. Then you can update to std. or ext.
  15. Agustinb

    Agustinb Network Guru Member

    I did standard directly from GUI and it woked fine.

    The only thing is to reset the device after adn use a static IP to gain access again.
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