Oh, yes, it's bricked. . .

Discussion in 'Other Firmware Projects' started by seven_percent, Nov 22, 2005.


How many times have you upgraded the firmware on your WRT54G?

  1. 0 Times

  2. 1-2 Times - No Problems

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  3. 1-2 Times - Catastrophic Failure

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  4. 3-4 Times - No Problems

  5. 3-4 Times - Catastrophic Failure

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  6. 5+ Times - No Problems

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  7. 5+ Times - Catastrophic Failure

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  1. What a POS. Granted, I brought this on myself. However, I have been a professional in the IT/IS industry for the last 20 years and rarely make irreversible errors. However, Linksys is no prize either with the WRT54G.

    Two fail-safe mechanisms that absolutely vital, but missing are:

    -Do NOT allow an invalid firmware upgrade. E.g. a v3.0 upgrade to a v2.0 device. (My case)
    -Offer a hard-reset that is internal which flashes the device back to the version at shipping. (A remedy I could use to fix the situation.)

    I was half asleep this morning when I decided to upgrade the firmware in an effort to help rectify some connectivity issues I was having.

    I could have sworn that I had a v3.0 device. So, I proceeded to upgrade the firmware. Big mistake. It is a v2.0 device. Now, I have tried every remedy at my disposal (including the warranty-voiding method mentioned on this board) to un-brick it. It's toast.

    My first thought was "What a piece of shit, the Reset button doesn't even work." I expected the Reset button on the unit to flash the thing back to shipping condition. However the TSE from Linksys said that the reset button is more of just a reset to the defaults for the latest Firmware version.

    well, duh, what are you supposed to do if that version is wrong???

    Anyway, I am going to check out D-Link this time. They have a 108Mbps Wireless G for the same price as the WRT54G. Why should I reward such a shitty and inferior design by purchasing a new one???

    Thanks for nothing, Linksys.
  2. addeh

    addeh Network Guru Member


    I have a WAP54G and I upgraded to firmware v3.03 which is supposedly only for v3 devices, yet my device is a v2. So technically this shouldn't actually work, yet it works absolutely fine (except SES, which can't work because of a missing physical button on the v2). However when I installed the new firmware I sort of bricked it. What you have to do is do a hard reset (reset button, then cycle power). Then, you will not be able to access it on the old IP address, it will only be accessible via This means that unless your computer has access to the 192.168.1.x subnet (mine only has access to the 192.168.0.x) you will have to either manually configure your computer (a wireless client, not wired) to have a 192.168.1.x IP address, or connect the AP to your computer via EtherNet cable and then change your IP to a 192.168.1.x address. From here you can change it back to your old settings etc. As I said this is what I did for my Linksys WAP54G v2 (now technically v3 :D) so it may NOT work for your WRT54G, however some tricks do seem to work for both, so give it a try if you want. If you want any more informtion or anything just say so :) Good Luck!
  3. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    It always amazes me that people can justify a comment like "thanks for nothing"...

    1. The firmware for the WRT54G v1.0 - v4.0 are identical so that obviously wasn't the problem...

    2. The rest button functionality on the WRT54G is considered normal for SOHO routers...

    3. The WRT54G is one of the best routers on the maket. In my opinion of course. Apparently your opinion differs. While it's of course your right to use another product if you like, do you really have to come here just to complain?!??

    I can understand being frustrated so I usually let posts like this go but for someone with 20yrs experience in the industry I just expected better. In summary: :noway:

    With that said, I'd encourage you to give the WRT54G another chance, especially since your experience is not common. (I'd be willing to bet that most of the problems people have with flashing their router are the result of trying to load an improper 3rd party firmware, not the stock linksys firmware.) Further you can probably "unbrick" the router (or simply exchange it for free if that doesn't work).
  4. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    I don't know of any device that will re-write the firmware when you press a reset button... PC bioses for years had no failsafe when flashing them, and many still don't...
    You've also managed to post your comment in the wrong forum I might add, concidering you were using the linksys firmware not wifibox, but thats hardly relevant...
    It won't allow invalid firmware to install, however there really is no differeince in v2 or v3 hardware that would require different firmware, so something else must have caused your problem, and you should have brought it up with linksys before voiding the warantee.
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