Obituary: WRT54G 1.0

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Esquire, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    My trusty WRT54G 1.0 died this morning :sad: I woke up to a constantly lit DIAG light. I unplugged the power to give it a rest and now there is no light whatsoever.... oh well. My next purchase is between a Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 or a ZyXel P335WT (both cost the same at USD70 approx, and no sales tax)

    This unit was welcomed into my home almost as soon as it came out and it has performed almost flawlessly - no Mixed mode and wireless turning itself off with both WEP and WPA configured excepted. It even allowed me to max out my DSL connection when using BitTorrent without any adjustment while most people had to run a script to maximize number of connections.... and BOY, DID I LOVE THOSE 20 LED FOR LAN/WAN CONNECTIONS WHEN THEY ALL LIT UP.

    It shall be missed :sadbye:

    PS. And there is life after death.... the internal mini PCI adapter has been transplanted to a friend's Samsung Q10 notebook with an ageing and dead 802.11b Orinocco adapter.
  2. phecksel

    phecksel LI Guru Member

    You could try replacing the power supply. Didn't work for me, but several people have reported success with new power supply.

    I bought the WRT54GL, and one day later love it! DD-WRT ROCKS

    Can't say enough bad things about the wrt54g v6, I lived with that piece of crap for 5 days!
  3. dadaniel

    dadaniel Network Guru Member


    I think you only have to replace some defective capacitors inside your WRT54. I had the same issue with my Siemens SE505v1
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Thanks guys. It's easier said than done replacing anything on the circuit board since I'm no electronics expert and dunno anyone who is, but I do know how to tell if the power supply has gone kaput (and this is not the case, absolutely definitely).

    Anyway, I am now a somewhat reluctant owner of a Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 for US$65 - the store gave me a 10% discount for being a regular customer. Signal strength is about the same as my WRT54G on HyperWRT default signal setting with a less stable connected speed, but I do gain about 5Mbps when transferring between computers over wireless. I could do a review comparing it with my surviving WRT54G v3.1 if someone is interested - not that I really want to talk too much about non-Linksys equipment here in this forum.

    I was hoping the WRT54G v1 would last another year before I upgraded to 802.11n - the draft WRT300N looks wicked ..... oh well
  5. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    sorry to hear your v1 dying. it happens to everyone in the end :(
  6. kelaniz

    kelaniz LI Guru Member

    Mine's 100% dead, too. Unfortunately, my circuit board repair skills aren't so great. How *does* one verify a bad capacitor with a multimeter anyway?
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