Looking to use 3rd party - WRT54G V.2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by SMR619, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. SMR619

    SMR619 Network Guru Member

    About a week ago I tried to use firmware HyperWRT2.1b1 tofu12
    At the time my current firmware was Linksys 4.20.7
    I ended up 'bricking' my router and with the help of a Linksys tech, got my router back online.
    I now have latest firmware from Linksys ( 4.20.7 ) but would like to try again.I was told that the reason I failed last time was that HyperWRT2.1b1 tofu12 did not support my current firmware ( 4.20.7 ) if true or not, it didnt seem to work.
    I was told to try another.So here I am asking for suggestions on firmware and a guid on doing it so I dont mess up my router again.
    Reason I want to change is for BT and from what is said, official Linksys firmware is messed up and effects BT in a bad way.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

  3. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    Be sure and read the installation documentation for Hyperwrt. It states you need to install dd-wrt mini first. This is because the offical firmware cannot load images greater then 3MB. Will probably brick router if you try. After you have dd-wrt mini installed you can install Hyperwrt.
    By the way, I have used both and find that Hyperwrt+tofu is much more stable on my wrt54g v1.1 and wrt54gs v.4 the dd-wrt v23.
  4. SMR619

    SMR619 Network Guru Member

    From what I am seeing ( reading ) it only states the WRT54GSv4 needing the dd-wrt mini
    In any case, can I get some links and install notes for my WRT54G version 2 that has official firmware version 4.20.7
    If I still need this dd-wrt mini, where do I get it and how does this install go about?
  5. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member

    Unless there is a really good reason why you need a third party firmware, stick with what linksys gave you. I have HyperWRT Tofu v13 running on both my wrt54g's (v 1.1 & v4.0).

    A good place for info regarding HyperWRT is in their official forum at http://www.hyperwrt.org/forum/index.php , also the Hyperwrt forum at linksysinfo.org is good. A forum search will point you to threads that explain the process and where to get things.

    You want to get the dd-wrt mini generic from http://www.dd-wrt.org. There is no specific download for mini generic - one you might try is in the 121005-2.dd-wrt.v23.mini_beta1.zip archive, but if it's not there try another mini-generic archive for V23.

    Tofu has a readme on his web site. Take a look and read the upgrade section:


    You can also get his latest download from his site and some of the other mirrors listed there.


    The install process for you will go -->
    put dd-wrt-mini_generic on first, then to tofu's. if you see upgrade_failed, you need to reboot before trying again

    Hope this helps.
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