WRT54G v.5 and Static IP

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by xl-project, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. xl-project

    xl-project Network Guru Member

    My LAN (12 hosts) is using Internet connection; it's DSL. So I choose "Static IP" and insert IP, mask, gateway, dns. After press "Save Changes" everything is OK.... BUT - if I reboot (replug power conector): there is no Internet- after login to router I see that everything is OK; I can see all inserted and saved ip- When I click "Status" - I see "IP:"
    When I back to "Setup" and press "Save changes" (WITHOUT changing anything!!!) everything is OK again, and in "Status" tab I can see my IP.

    I had downloaded and updated new firmware but it didn't solve my problem.

    Please help- I don't know what to do...

  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    From some of the other comments around here, it sounds like this is a known bug with the V5 (VXWORKS) version of the WRT54G.

    My first recommendation: Take it back to the store, and find a WRT54G V4 or earlier (check the box - serial number starting in CDFA or earlier, NOT CDFB. CDFB = BAD.). You may have to scrounge around at a few stores with older stock to find one. I found mine at Walmart.

    Or replace it with a WRT54GL, which is a V4 with a different model number. They get a premium for them, but you are guaranteed a V4 model at that point.

    Or call Linksys and hound them until they fix it. Best of luck on that one. ;)
  3. xl-project

    xl-project Network Guru Member

    is there any chance that new firmware will solve that problem?
  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Sure. But, to my knowledge, there is no third party firmware for the WRT54G V5 units, as they run with very limited memory using a different operating system (VXWORKS) as opposed to all of the other Linksys WRT54G/WRT54GS routers that run Linux and have significantly more memory to play with.

    Linksys will probably have to fix the bug, which means new *official* firmware. So you'll have to get on the horn and call them.

    Or (assuming you can't exchange the V5 you have). Go down to a local store, find a V4 or earlier, spend the $50, and solve the problem once and for all. Or get a WRT54GL or WRT54GS, both of which run Linux (but will cost a little more).

    Maybe someone will customize their firmware this afternoon for V5's exceptionally limited memory, but it's going to be a dumbed down firmware to do it, or require hardware mods to add memory. And maybe Linksys will fix their bug tomorrow. And maybe someone will send me a check for $1,000,000. Maybe.

    In the meantime, if you want fixed IP, either have your ISP provision the IP using static DHCP if you can (explaining to them that your local machine HAS to get an address through DHCP), or get yourself a router that does what you need to do, which at this time is probably NOT a WRT54G V5, unfortunately.

    Maybe someone else has a workaround, but there have been several mentions of this problem here and elsewhere at other forums, and no solution I've seen...
  5. gaogi

    gaogi Network Guru Member

    Try the newest firmware on the Linksys site, version 1.00.2. This will resolve the issue.
  6. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Linksys fixed it already? Cool!

    Maybe I'll get that check for $1,000,000 yet. (grin)
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