Updated firmware available from Linksys China Website

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by toofgib, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. toofgib

    toofgib Network Guru Member

    Hello All!

    Expanding from another forum user's post, please find updated firmwares for the following models at Linksys China's ftp server:

    Model / (China) Beta Versions / (US) Current Versions
    RV042 / 1.3.6 / 1.3.1
    RV082 / /
    *RV016 / 2.0.1 / 1.2.3
    WRV54G / 2.37.9 / 2.37
    BEFSX41 / 1.52.3 / 1.50.18

    *Please note: for model RV016, please use the upgrade .EXE file to perform version upgrade FIRST, before upgrading firmware in the usual manner from web interface. (This is a translation from a friend, based on what is written in Chinese.)

    I have flashed my RV042 with firmware 1.3.6 (which I believe that everyone is trying to get their hands on). The menus are in English and the firmware works (it's not the corrupted version that people have been getting lately).

    If "the RV042" custom firmware guys are reading this, perhaps you could use the new beta firmwares for your RV042 investigations?

    Hope this helps.

    P.S. Don't mind the IP address - it's not a virus/trojan - promise. It's the link to Linksys China's web/ftp server.


    ICHIRO Network Guru Member

    RV016_2.0.0.exe rewrites a boot loader portion. It becomes impossible to use the configuration file saved by Firmware 1.x.x. Since the program for returning to Firmware 1.x.x is not offered, a version down cannot be carried out. I have RV082. rv082-jp_20021_20050204_web.EXE carried by LINKSYS Japan was come to hand and performed. The menu display would be Japanese. However, it became more unstable than a firmware 1.6.3. Although returned to the firmware 1.6.3, it became impossible to use a configuration file. It is thought that it will be in the state same as RV016 probably.

    Notes carried by LINKSYS Japan

    All the present setup is reset after upgrade and it returns to a setup at the time of shipment. V2.0.0. use the setting file which backed up by the firmware before V2.0.0.21JP in the firmware after this version -- don't become precocious Please set up again after update after cutting down the present contents of a setting beforehand before firmware update. It becomes impossible to return to a former version after upgrade.
  3. toofgib

    toofgib Network Guru Member

    Thanks to ICHIRO for his follow up regarding the RV016. As I had mentioned, all the firmware(s) available on the Linksys China site are considered beta by Linksys' US counterparts. I can only vouch for the working nature of the RV042 firmware v1.3.6 as that is the only router that I own.

    Please take heed of ICHIRO's warning regarding the RV016 and the v2.0.0 EXE file.

    Flash your boxes at your own risk!

    ICHIRO Network Guru Member

    The thing appropriate for explanation is written to 6B28AC$ of RV016_2.0.0.exe.

    This program can send files from PC to the flash in the Router.
    By this way, you I must let the files you want to send with the program in the same folder .

    Release Note:0.01 (2004/10/27)
    For upgrade loader, firmware, or RG_Factory in all routers
    (RV016, SME200, FVR9416, FVR9416s, RV082, SME100,
    RV082-JP, FVR9208, FVR9208s, PRV042, SME50),
    and setup is it re-import RG_Conf setting or delete firmware and
    RG_Conf data after import loader.

    0.02 (2004/11/10)
    Load RG_Factory between load loader and delete section 2.

    0.03 (2004/11/17) If load firmware to section 2 fail,
    try load firmware to section 3. (If router is not RV042, SME50 or RT042)
    If firmware version in router is over 2.0.0, auto skip upload new loader.

  5. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    Good Information Deserves Sticky!

    Thanks for the infomation!

    This is getting stickied.
  6. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    Downloads Available

    Since the transfers are incredibly slow coming from the Linksys China site, I am uploading these files as I get them. The will be available in the Downloads Section.
  7. sjnetworks

    sjnetworks Network Guru Member

    Is it in English

    I have been waiting for the 2.0.0 file for more than a day from Linksys. Is the China 2.0.0.exe in English? I am trying to fix a DYNIP and FQDN VPN connection.
  8. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  9. sjnetworks

    sjnetworks Network Guru Member

    Does the China update Work

    I am not getting any satisfaction with Linksys Support. Has anyone used the China RV016_2.0.0.exe and subsequent RV016_2.0.1.rmt files on their US routers?
  10. sjnetworks

    sjnetworks Network Guru Member

    RV016_2.0.0.exe Blew it up!

    I finally got the firmware I needed from Linksys. I started the firmware update, it went through a couple of screens and then the diag light just flashes. I know that this is a death signal, but is there a way to restore the reouter to factory?

    Thanks is advance
  11. sjnetworks

    sjnetworks Network Guru Member

    False Alarm

    It appears that the router is again functioning. I put it on the test bench with a local computer. The default ip connected to the router and asked for the update file. I gave it the 2.0.1 and it took off and begain updating. After the update was done, everything seems to be OK. I will let it cook overnight and try my DYNIP and DDNS VPN connecitons.
  12. Gammaman

    Gammaman Guest

    CHina Firmware Release Notes?

    Are there any release notes for the 2.x.x RV016 China firmware?

    I am specifically looking for an SMTP Bind feature whereby I can bind all outbound SMTP traffic to a particular WAN.

    The load balancing features of the RV016 are useless without this as most ISPs have closed SMTP service. Only members of their network can access the service.

  13. toofgib

    toofgib Network Guru Member

    Thanks to another user for the head's up!

    Linksys China website is now showing v1.3.6.4 for download for the RV042. Updated versions for other models as well!

    Check it out!
  14. andyg

    andyg Network Guru Member

    Re: False Alarm

    Hi - I got a failed flash upgrade on one of my RV016s.
    I was going from 1.2.3 to 2.0 with the EXE but for some reason it failed and of course it stuck now.
    I saw SJENETWORKS had similar problems, but it resolved itself - any thoughts on how?
  15. sjnetworks

    sjnetworks Network Guru Member

    reset after it says it failed

    IIRC I unplugged from power, held the reset and powered up again. Can I ask why you are flashing the firmware?
  16. andyg

    andyg Network Guru Member

    Re: False Alarm

    And indeed have solved it myself like SJE - by forcing your IP address to and 255 subnet, you can then rerun the 2.0 exe or get into the web interface on
  17. andyg

    andyg Network Guru Member

    Re: reset after it says it failed

    General desire to be up to date, new functionality etc.
  18. sjnetworks

    sjnetworks Network Guru Member


    I was doing the firmware upgrade for the same reason, but it never did work like they say it would. Instead I used the IP ONLY setting with the subsetting of IP by DNS RESOLVED and it works great.
  19. tuannd

    tuannd Network Guru Member

    I had tried to update firmware for RV016 from 2.0.1 to 2.0.3 but after update the firmware was still 2.0.1

    Do I need to downgrade to 2.0.0 and then update to 2.0.3

    Please advice
    Thank you
  20. sambloedow

    sambloedow Guest

    vpn problems

    i have a rv016 that is having terribleproblems keeping two vpn connections up. they will stay up for an hour maybe and then one or both will drop and then i will have to restartt the device. any thoughts??
  21. toofgib

    toofgib Network Guru Member

    It seems that Linksys China is yet again hosting some newer firmware versions of VPN/Business Routers. Please see the below list for Linksys USA vs. Linksys China versions:

    Model #: Linksys USA --> Linksys China

    BEFSX41: 1.50.18 --> 1.52.4
    BEFVP41: 1.01.04 --> 1.01.05
    WRV54G: 2.37 --> 2.37.9

    Sadly however, there doesn't seem to be much movement regarding the RV*** line. Hope this helps anyone out there looking for a newer firmware to try out on the above models. In my experience, even though they are from Linksys China, they will install in English, if that is the default language of your original firmware.

    Linksys China Firmware website:

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