Is this WRT54G dead ?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by gtsib, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. gtsib

    gtsib Network Guru Member

    Hi all,
    I have a WRT54g that I haven't used for a 6-7 months now. I needed a hub, so I connected my PC's, started up the router, light on, connected ports are blinking on WRT, ethernet connections active on my PC's and MAC, but I couldn't ping any of the machines not even the WRT.

    I reset WRT to the factory default settings (holding down for 10 seconds the reset button), and nothing. After trying various combinations of cables, cards, etc, I noticed the following:
    If one of the PC's is running:
    ping -t
    and I reset the router to the factory defaults, I get 5-6 succesfull pings, during the router boot, and then all the rest of the packets are lost.

    I have no idea which firmware it's running.
    Network setup is:
    3 PC's (,,
    1 Mac (
    No default gateways (I need a hub)
    The machines are ok. If I use cross-over cables, I can connect them in pairs without problem.

    Any ideas, or shall I trash the WRT ?

  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    try setting up the other computers to get ip's dynamically with DHCP it is a little screwy with the default factory firmware.
    maybe a reflash would also help
    never under any circumstances throw away hardware unless it was or is smoking.
  3. gtsib

    gtsib Network Guru Member

    I tried to set DHCP from the beginning but none of the workstations received ip's dynamicaly, thus the router might not be configured for DHCP or might be dead. Reflashing the firmware is impossible (????) since I can't ping the router.

    Is it possible to reflash the firmware if the router is not responding to pings ?

  4. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    ahhh but it is possible to reflash it when it is ded like that search for tftp on this forum and there you will find the answers.

    you should either get the latest firmware from linksys or go with custom stuff from someone like sveasoft (satori 4.0)

    i believe there is a short time while the router is powering on when reflashing is possible.(probibly those 5 05 six pings) also look for boot_wait on the forum.

    and if your good with a soldering iron there are places on the net who can tell you how to add a serial port for a reflash.
    but the price for a new one is only around 60 or so bucks. its all about what its worth to you.
    dont despair

    anything that runs linux is never dead there are fricken 286's out there still working.... lol
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