WRT54GL running Tomato died.

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by beat, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. beat

    beat Addicted to LI Member

    I've been running Tomato Firmware for about a year now in a WRT54GL and today after I woke and went to the computer I noticed there was no internet connection.
    The router died without any apparent reason, it was working before I went to bed.
    Now I can't ping the router and the power led is always flashing. I already tried doing a hard reset with no luck at all. I also tried flashing with TFTP but no luck either since I can't ping the router (even if I manually set my IP address). I guess the only option is to flash with JTAG (which really isn't an option for me since I don't have a JTAG cable).
    I just don't get why it would brick from all of a sudden for no apparent reason.
    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    This can happen with most routers, not just WRT54GL / tomato, given exactly the right conditions during a power outage. Does that fit? Of course, it may be dead, but from what you describe it is most likely it will respond to JTAG.
  3. ringer004

    ringer004 LI Guru Member

    Also try a different power adapter

    If possible, I would try another power adapter. I had a router that was acting extremely flaky for over a month. Then the power supply died. That same router has been rock solid ever since a new power adapter was used.
  4. thor2002ro

    thor2002ro Addicted to LI Member

    I always use an surge protector with my routers.
    Prevents these ugly things
  5. beat

    beat Addicted to LI Member

    Which router would you guys suggest me to replace this dead WRT54GL? I'm considering getting a router with integrated ADSL2+ modem although it isn't mandatory.
  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Combined router will not be able to run third party software if that is your desire, as the modem would no longer work.
  7. LadFromWales85

    LadFromWales85 Network Guru Member

    My WRT54GSv1 died while I was on holiday. Come home to no net, router appeared dead. Cut the power and give it a few minutes. Power back on and the router made a very high pitched whining noise, the lights were dimming randomly. Opened it up and found a capacitor was ridiculously hot. Swapped it out and it powers up fine but power light just flashes, doesn't respond to pings, even tried shorting pin 16, nothing.

    Got a GL now, I miss the extra flash and RAM, but at least I'm back in business!
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