linksys router board

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by janick, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. janick

    janick Network Guru Member

    I recently bought a used WRT54G V1.0 on Ebay, which at first seem to work but only the bottom row of lights seem to power on. I entered the firmware and noticed tha it was not the last version, so I decided to flash it with the latest Linksys versions 4.20.1. Big mistake.
    the router froze midway the bottom left light began to blink, in other words, the Diag light, not the power light. the router ceased to respond to pings.
    I openned the router and found a board with 7 (not 8, not 20) LEDs, which is unrecognizable, at least using the board pics of versions 1-5 posted on this website.
    Clearly, someone switched to original board for the one shown in the attachement pic. (sorry for th size).
    the flash chip is not Intel, its MX with a sticker Ver 1.45.3 CS:1698.

    Does anyone recognized this Board? Any help in determining its origins, version, and firmware needed to reflash it will be greatly appreciated.
    The router is now pingable again since i shorTcircuited pins 2-3 of the MX flash chip.


    PS. Beware of used routers.
  2. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    umm...did u remember to attach the pic, I don't see it...... I would have also never trusted a used router off ebay. Perhaps some LEDs were removed from the board to make it work in a v1 case?
  3. janick

    janick Network Guru Member

    Crawdaddy, thanks for your reply. I tried to attach the pic to no avail, though it was ~160kb.
    But, nevermind. I found out the type of board that was inserted into the WRT54G shell by who knows, the prevous owner claims ignorance.
    Anyway, its a BEFW11S4 wireless B router with only 7 lights in front.
    Nice, eh? someone replaced the WRT54G board for a cheaper older board, retail price ~1/2 or what I paid and no G ban to boot.

    I did flash the router successfully with the right firmware, so at least it works.

    Is this type of deception common with used routers?

    thanks again

  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    never herda that one yet... not a bad idea though! :rofl:
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