WRV54G for Autopsy

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by ecotrojan, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. ecotrojan

    ecotrojan Network Guru Member

    Good evening,

    I have in my possession a WRV54G that is bricked! :clap:

    I beleive, that its looking for firmware thats not there, therefore the Power LED constantly blinks looking for the firmware.

    I would like to donate it to the board for you guys to 'do your thing with it'

    Maybe you could get some good background knowledge which might help some other discerning folk.

    If you want it MODS, send me an email. You pay the P&P, you get the WRV54G for noot.

    Im in the UK

  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    Obviously I'm not the only one with a bricked WRV54G. Strange, but I know I'd used 2.38.6 before....

    Anyway, I'm fumbling around looking for a way to bring it back to life. In the meantime, I've ordered another WRV54G that should be here any day now. Till then, I'm using my SMCBR18VPN router and it's kicking ass!!! Were it not for the fact that I purchased the 50 user quickvpn license (even though it's based on the hosed 2.37 firmware version that has the broken PPTP server) I'd have not bought another one (ROI, right?).

    The WRT54G revival guide doesn't really bear any credence with the wrv, so does anyone know of any way a TFTP and some good ole fashioned command prompt bring life back into the box?

  3. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    HA HA!! Found a way in!! Don't ask me what the hell happens next... :)
  4. ecotrojan

    ecotrojan Network Guru Member

    please share how you got in,

    mine wont ping, is not even recognised on the network, tried all the great ideas on here (even the 15-16).
  5. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    OOps, my bad for the terminology... :D I meant "I've gotten the lid off and I'm to the board." I've also taken some pictures. Simon or JD, can I get one of you guys to post them?

    From there I was going to try the 15-16 pin function also. If you've already done that and it didn't work, then I'll have to see if I can find an old tftp program in my directories and some other WRT54G guides for debricking...

    Looks like you and I are trendsetters on this one possibly... :)

  6. gentlemanRT

    gentlemanRT Network Guru Member

    Two wayes to debrick it:

    JTAG - You need an Xscale compatible JTAG cable and the linux jtag tools.

    Serial Console. And load the image from an tftp server with:
    The unit must have a working serial port. After switch the router on, press ESC to stop the boot process and at the prompt write: load -u tftp://192.168.2.x/imagename.img -s 2
    Do not use the RMT file. i does not work you have to extract the image first.
  7. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    let's try and stay out of the stratosphere on this one :)

    I'm looking for a solution that involves a tftp server, some CAT5 cable, and maybe a small screwdriver (to short connections) if possible. These are all the basic tools I have available. If you have any old WRT debricking links, I'll try that.

    My other WRV should be here any day now, but it be nice to have a spare I can put at another client site if I needed to :thumbup:

  8. gentlemanRT

    gentlemanRT Network Guru Member

    short connections, is not a good idea. then you will brick your WRV54G completly. its not an WRT, its completly different hardware.
    I will check the default TFTP Ip´s tomorrow, but you need an binary file. The rmt does not work! Go to seatlewirless and check out how to get the binary out of the rmt file.
  9. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Good lookin' out. I'll give that a try...

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