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What's the best firmware for the WRT54G? (pay or free)

Question: What's the best firmware for the WRT54G? (pay or free)

Best Buy is having a sale this week on their WRT54G and WRT54GS routers ($40 and $60 after rebates, respectively). So, I'm going to try to pickup a WRT54G v2.0 since from what I've read seems to best one to get. I did want to get the GS (for the extra ram), but I don't want any problems with World of Warcraft or timeouts when transferring large files (I've read about both issues on the WRT54GS)

So... I'm wondering which firmware is the best one to use. I don't need anything espicially advanced, but I'd really like to have it so that I could learn more about routers and have a lot to experiment with.

It seems like Sveasoft for $20 per year is the best way to go but please tell me what you think.

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Answer: What's the best firmware for the WRT54G? (pay or free)

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I have a linksys wrt54g router and I need a hacked firmware that can do the following thing.

I need more advanced logging of incoming and outgoing. I would also like it if it would automatically resolve dns addresses. Could someone point me to some good firmware that can do this?


Answer:Need WRT54G Firmware

Take random text from your request:

"wrt54g router and I need a hacked firmware"

Use it as a search term on router and I need a hacked firmware

Find multiple hits on the first page, or if you want to actually work a bit try searching for "wrt54g firmware"

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Anyone have any suggestions?

I want to take advantage of the untapped capabilities of my Linksys wrt54g, but can't get a decent opinion of either DD-WRT or HyperWRT. (much less any of the other 3rd party firmware avaliable...)

Any Google search or forum search tells me what people use or recommend, but not really why.

Just tapping the communitiy for any practical experiences.

Answer:Which wrt54g firmware?

so far I've liked the sveasoft firmwares... but his blatantly anti-GPL practices put me off.

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click firmware. get satori 4.0 final

very badass stuff.

Answer:new wrt54g firmware!!!

what's it give me from the normal firmware?

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Question: WRT54G Firmware?

Is anyone using a non supported hacked version firmware for their WRT54G? I heard that there are many available and was wanting to try it. Right now I am just using Linksys version 3.01.3.

Thanks for any info.

Answer:WRT54G Firmware?

Gonna try this when I get home. Site loads slow.

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Question: WRT54G firmware

I am thinking of changing the firmware of my Linksys WRT54G router to the open source application of Tomato.

Has anyone done this?

Based on post at, the hack is supposed to give your router more features and allow you to tweak the router's settings.

Any thoughts?

Answer:WRT54G firmware

There are a number of 3rd party firmware packages for many Linksys models, one of the more popular ones is DD-WRT. I've heard good things about that one, I suspect Tomato is probably a similar thing, though I haven't looked into that particular package.

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Question: WRT54G Firmware

Hey guys.
After some thinking on the matter, I've come to the decision that I'll at least TRY to keep my wrt54g and get it working. However, I've heard a bunch of talk about using aftermarket firmware. I was wondering what one you guys would recommend. I've seen stuff about both Sveasoft firmwares, as well as several others. I'm in the dark as to what to go with.

Any advice?

Answer:WRT54G Firmware

Sveasoft - if you want a lot of features and a fruity GUI
OpenWRT - if you want even more feature but a command line interface (unix users tend to like this one)
HyperWRT - if you only want increased TX power over the stock firmware
DD-WRT - if you like the Sveasoft firmware but think the guy that runs the company is an ass (he is)

Also, if you have a version 4 unit, you're pretty much stuck with openwrt.

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Should I get new firmware for my router? v1.02.5 build 002

Answer:New firmware for WRT54G?

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I'm quite content with the features of the stock firmware that the WRT54G v2 has but theres one thing in particular I was wondering if an open source firmware could provide. I'm wondering if there is a firmware out there that boosts the power to the antenna. my router is upstairs and downstairs the signal is spotty at best. I'm considering buying an external antenna but I was thinking that just boosting the power maybe enough. Does anyone have any knowledge on WRT54G firmwares? Any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:best WRT54G firmware? is one of the more popular firmware versions out there. This one will allow you to boost your signal like you wanted to.

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I am reading up on these new features on, but I can't find the answer to a simple question. I know many of you use this firmware for your Linksys WRT54G. If I decide I don't like the HyperWRT or have problems with it...can I flash back to the regular, official Linksys firmware, and undo the changes? Basically, is it safe to try this firmware, because I can alway revert to the official?

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I currently have the Linksys WRT54G wireless router with the latest firmware available from Linksys. However I've noticed that there are one or two companies that also make firmware for the Linksys router (ie. Sveasoft Satori v4.0).

My question is would my network be any more secure by going with a 3rd party firmware versus the firmware Linksys puts out?


Answer:WRT54G vs. 3rd party firmware...

I would not trust 3rd party firmware, regardless of company / product involved, to be more secure than the original unless there is independent trustworthy verification of it.

In a nutshell, Linksys has better access to the way the hardware really works, so I'd be very hard pressed to assume someone else's is safer.

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Ok so im a big WoW/BF2 gamer and my little brother likes to use WoW/Halo2. So what firmware is recommend for online gaming for the above router? And if you could either post or PM me a link to where to find it (if not im not lazy i can google it)

Answer:WRT54G Recommended firmware

Yuhri said:

NM found another thread on the subject...prob is ive got the 4.2x.xx firmware in there which i think is rev4...which means im kinda fooked =/Click to expand...

If you dont mind me asking, what kind of problems are you having? I have the same router, and we routinly use it on lanpartys, infact one time we had 4 people playing wow and about 3 more playing various other games online without problems. We were not forwarding ports or anything.

If you post your problems we might be able to offer some more help

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Welp ??

Answer:Best hacked WRT54G firmware...

What version do you have? If it is beyond V3 you are probably out of luck for a little while.

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I have a WRT54G v5 and was wondering if there is any firmware that will speed up things. Transferring files between computers seems to be a tad slow. Also, anything that I could do to help decrease my ping? Or should I just get a new router?

I primarily do gaming online and web browsing and transfer things from computer to computer.

Answer:WRT54G, new firmware or new router?

The V5 is a very crippled router..hardware wise. Yes you can get a version of DD-WRT on it...quite a few steps involved compared to flashing a better model like a version 1-4 with DD-WRT, and not much performance gain...because as decent as DD-WRT can only do so much with so little horsepower.

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Has anybody tried doing this? I'm running FC2 (I'm a near-complete n00b, btw), and I can't seem to get it to compile correctly. I tried following their (linksys') directions to the T, but as I don't quite understand everything they say, I can almost guarantee I'm doing something wrong.

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Anyone get that combination of stuff working together? If not, is there an alternative firmware that supports wds and wpa at the same time?

Answer:wrt54g, sveasoft firmware, wds, and wpa

sveasoft should work just fine with that stuff

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i know very little about this.
i know i can install it and configure it..

i just don't know what open source distro to use.
i do like the idea of monitoring bandwith, i heard tomato uses that, but im not sure what's best.


Answer:help me decide on what firmware to put on my WRT54G..

I believe Tomato works best on supported Linksys routers. The user interface is much easier to use also. DD-WRT works on more models of routers but the UI is somewhat confusing for noobs.

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I was updating my firmware, then I power cycled and now the power LED is flashing which indicates a firmware problem. I have no clue how im am supposed to fix this. Im plugged directly into my modem (sprint 660). I printed out directions on fixing it and I have the right firmware downloaded and tftp, but I just don't know how to fix this. Techguy, your my last hope before a new router, help!!!

Answer:Linksys WRT54G firmware problem

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and what do you think of them, Im looking into hyperwrt and alchemy currently. Any others out there? Mention certain options these firmwares include that make them so great compared to the Linksys firmware

Answer:Which WRT54G alternate firmware are you running

Sveasoft Alchemy 1.0

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Been using the new firmware for a while with no problems but now I'm not able to access the router's interface through the web thing. I've reset the router and whatever I try I can't access it. I can telnet it but I don't know the user and pass. It still works and assigns IPs but I can't get to the web interface.

Answer:Problems with Linksys WRT54G DD-WRT firmware

Well, not sure what to tell you about the web interface. But for telnet the username should be root and the password should be set to whatever you set the administrator password to.

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Hello gents,

i am looking at the vast amount of hacked firmware for this little router, and i got to say, alot of them have features i wouldent use at home, but i am considering them due to Wireless DB gains, as well as Though put of the network.

anyones that you guys would recommend at all?

also, i hope it will fix the issue with the router locking up all traffic when you leave a Bittorrent open :/

Thanks again!

Answer:linksys WRT54G hacked Firmware

I'm big on DD-WRT myself. Check here for info on the various distros.

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So a litle more then a year ago, I set up my first wireless network using the WRT54G. It was still only version 1.0. I have the router set up in the basement, I tried using my laptop on the back porch, and I had a very horrible connection. I then started to look around for a different solution. This was before the high gain antanaes for the router. And then I can't remember how, but I found this firmware program called Satari. It gives you tons of more feutures then the standard firmware put out by linksys. One of which allows you to boost your siginal strenght by raising your xmit power (basicly overclocking the router).

But anyway, just recently my router has been disconnecting from my cable internet modem. And I find myself hard restetting it at least once a day in order to gain internet access. I can still access my router and ping other computers on the network, but neither wired nor wireless can access the internet until I reset the router. Does anybody have any idea what is going on? I've alread tried cloning my mac address, disenabling WEP, and several other things. Or could this just be a dreaded failure from esentially overclocking my router, but if this was true, I don't know why the wire switch would be effected......

Answer:Satori firmware for Linksys WRT54G

put it back to the regular mac address.. maybe it will work without disconnecting .

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When upgrading a Linksys WRT54G's firmware via the web interface, is it necessary to power cycle the router after the upgrade, or does it automatically reboot without user intervention?

Note: This is in hardware because it concerns the actual piece of hardware rather than the networking/security aspects of it.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G Firmware Upgrade

Note: If you haven't done anything wrong, there is no need for a note.

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I bought a used Linksys WRT54G v8.2 router and I would like to replace the stock firmware with DD-WRT, because Linksys -- I should say Belkin now -- hasn't brought out any firmware updates for this model in a very long time.

The problem is that the idiots at DD-WRT's official site are being very unhelpful & not cooperative.

I just want to know what version I need to get from the FTP site that is in one of the articles, and they keep stating read all 4 which I've done multiple times and still have no idea.

They wonder why they are getting a bad rap, is because they are annoying new users who want to use their software.

I may just start saving up and get the RouterBoard wired/wireless router down the road.

edited language - moderator>

Answer:Linksys WRT54G v8.2: Want To Upgrade The Firmware To DD-WRT

i have edited your post - this is a family friendly site -so please avoid this type of language

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I just recently downloaded Sveasofts Satori third party firmware for the Linksys WRT54g. Ive only experimented with the output power settings. The power setting is now variable from 0-85mw, with the stock being 28mw. I actually keep it now at about 10mw, as this is plenty to cover my residence and then some.

The recent PC mag stated that this firmware adds around 30 new settings in various categories to tinker with. Im curious to see if anybody else has "hacked" there router using this firmware, and if so, what did they modify, and where you happy with the results?

The firmware can be found here


Answer:Been tinkering with Satori and my wrt54g. Anybody else use this firmware?

I've been meaning to do this for months..... but I never goit around to it. I was bored today and ur post reminded me, so I uploaded a hacked-up version of Sveasoft Alchemy to mine. I'm still playing with it, but so far I've got everything set back up, and then added QoS to it. I'm still exploring my other options, as well as SSH access.

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Is there an update

Answer:linksys wrt54g firmware update

You could try DD-WRT or Tomato.

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I'm always looking to tweak things and this seems like it could be cool and fairly easy. Has anyone else done this?

What kind of benefits can I see if I use this?

Answer:DD-WRT firmware on my Linksys WRT54G router?

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The other day I bought the WRT54G to use in my apartment, sharing the connection amongst four of us. I'm the only one who doesn't use my cell as my primary phone; instead, I use Vonage. I bought the WRT54G to be able to use QoS features, since my roomies aren't always good about keeping the cable line de-saturated with their downloads.

I know about the Sveasoft firmware, but after doing some reading I'm hearing some bad things about their business practices (GPL and whatnot). I don't mind paying $20 to get the good stuff, but I don't want to pay it if I can otherwise legally aquire the same thing.

I do not want to get into even somewhat gray areas here, since I'd rather get good quality advice. Please don't tell me to look on P2P sites or the like. (That's what PMs are for. ) But seriously, what are my options to enable QoS, and make use of some other cool options on my new router?

Oh yes, almost forgot: Some instructions on what I need to do would also be helpful. I've done firmware upgrades, of course, but if there's some esoteric method for doing things, please let me know that, too.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G alternative firmware

Check out Hyperwrt 2.0 at
It works great for me.

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I flashed my Linskys WRT54G with DD-WRT firmware (v.24) so that I could use the router as a wireless repeater for a signal whose origin is some distance away from the router.

It's working, but there's something strange about the signal. My download speed is something like 300 kbps, while my upload speed is 400 kbps. Why am I able to upload faster than I can download? Is there a DD-WRT setting that I should tweak?

Answer:WRT54G as Wireless Repeater Problem (DD-WRT Firmware)

Do you have the transmit and receive antenna on the same one, or on the left and right? You might try changing to either left or right. One might be getting better signal than the other.

Are you connecting wireless or wired? If wired, you might try using it as a client. If wireless, the repeater should work fine.

Not sure why it's not giving you full downloads... What kind of signal strength is it giving you?

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Ok, you guys can make fun of me if you want, but I was in a hurry and thought that I might be able to get away with this.

I was trying to help my brother upgrade the firmware on his router and thought that it would be faster to just do it myself remotely, rather than trying to explain the process to him.

It all seemed to be working fine, until a little over halfway through the upgrade, I got a "firmware upgrade failure" message and now the router is completely unresponsive.

I'm guessing the problem came from the bin file being locally on my computer while I was upgrading the router remotely.

Anyway, is there any way to fix this? We can't even ping the router now.

I had him unplug it and reset it and its still not responding.

Maybe Walmart will take it back.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G firmware upgrade failure.

There's a very good website on the net complete with pictures that tells you how to revive a dead WRT54G. I unfortunately never bookmarked it, but it involved the following:

1. Unplugging the unit.
2. Taking it completely apart (it's easy - screwless design)
3. Locate pins 15-16 on the router's chipset (usually labeled Broadcom).
4. Short the pins. While shorting them, plug the power in.
5. You'll see lights flash.
6. You'll have a small window of opportunity to TFTP a working firmware to the router.

I could ellaborate some more, but I have to go to work. It really does work. I did it myself after a bad firmware upgrade.

But yeah, it's probably easier if you just got it replaced.

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Hi Folks

I need some help/advice on this topic. I need to expand my wireless network. I have tried to configure this router using instructions I found online (like the DD-WRT site). Does anyone have any bulletproof instructions?

I would appreciate some help on this.


Answer:How to configure dd-wrt firmware on Linksys WRT54G router?

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I was just wondering how this stacks up against a modern router? Safety-wise that is. Leak Test get through my router firewall. Is there a test for inbound traffic?

Answer:Is a wrt54g with Tomato firmware a good firewall?

Sorry, i can not find any reference to the model No. you posted, can you post a link to the router, or alteast supply a brand name?

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I just recently updated my firmware on my linksys router WRT54G with the new version of linksys firm ware and now my router does not work. I can not access the GUI under the ip address I 've tried to reboot the router using the 30/30 method that is suggested by Linksys, but I still can not access the routers GUI. Please advise if there is another method to set back the routers firmware.

Answer:Update firmware on Linksys router WRT54G version 2


I don't believe that the router saves any copy of the old firmware to set back to.

I'd recommend the DD-WRT firmware.

Was it the wrong firmware? Was it for your chipset version? Was the firmware for G, or GS, or other?

Read this: Recover From A Bad Flash

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For those of you have the high throughput disconnects when tranfering from pc to pc with these modems, go to:

Go to page 19 and you'll see where the new beta firmware for the routers has basically fixed the problems for almost everyone. Post the results if it fixed it, that way linksys can get the final version out.

Answer:WRT54G/ WRT54GS problems resolved with new beta firmware

Thanks for the heads up, trying it now.

Edit: When streaming a video from my main machine to a laptop it seems to drop the connection after 14 mins or so, now at 4 mins and counting....

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Hello I recently bought a Linksys WRT54G wireless router, downloaded latest firmware from, tried to install latest firmware version, I connected directly from my computer to this router but when it was on 80/90% it suddenly lost connection and it never complete firmware upgrade

So when I went back to the administration window I could not access and then came very strange characters and administration was not accesible, however router was working for having internet connection and some other features.

I have also tried pushing RESET button, but still the same

How can recover back firmware to have access to the administration/remote console?


Answer:Solved: URGENT Linksys WRT54G broken after firmware upgrade

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I have just gone through a major network insanity which began with me trying to flash firmware to my Linksys WRT54G router. Now, even with it hooked up to my main router, I cannot access What I was attempting to install was DD-WRT through the web admin. Outside, it appears to be functioning like normal, no signs of any bricks. I can even access it through wireless, but haven't tried out internet connectivity.

Help needed!

Answer:Solved: Linksys WRT54G refreshed during firmware install, cannot access or ping

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I have an old Linksys WRT-54G that I thought might be getting a bit long in the tooth. There was a recent sale on the new D-Link DIR-657 which is a full featured current gen model, that supports wireless N, support QOS automatically for game and video packets, and supports USB print server and file sharing function. I decided to upgrade for the cheap price of $20 on at the recent onesaleaday listing.

I expected to get a bit of an improvement in connection speed - after all that old Linksys router is about a decade old. I've not really spent time on wireless yet to compare at all, but for wired there is no change to speak of. I was surprised, because I figured that old v2 WRT-54G 200mhz processor might have been holding me back. It apparently was not.

I ran eight simple speed tests with each router pretty immediately after swapping them out. I ran four cities twice on the tests. ( Here are the results.

WRT54G - 13.54 and 16.58 down and 1.04 and 1.08 up
DIR-657 - 11.71 and 17.60 down and 1.07 and 1.08 up

WRT54G - 8.51 and 8.72 down and 1.07 and 1.07 up
DIR-657 - 5.98 and 8.75 down and 1.07 and 1.07 up

WRT54G - 6.46 and 5.05 down and 1.01 and 1.06 up
DIR-657 - 5.03 and 6.40 down and 1.06 and 1.06 up

New York
WRT54G - 15.30 and 16.77 down and 1.07 and 1.06 up
DIR-657 - 20.20 and 15.73 down and 1.07 and 1.05 up

Hopefully this helps someone else in their decision on whether to upgrade the... Read more

Answer:Linksys WRT54G v2 w/ Tomato firmware vs D-Link HD Media Router 1000 DIR-657 speedtest

I loved mine but it didn't quite handle the 150mbps fios package all that well....

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sonicwall has been charging a service fee to offer firmware update. just notice it eventually changed this policy after Dell bought it.

Answer:finally sonicwall offers free firmware update

Yeah its because there is an exploit that compromises sonicwalls with a web script.

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I am trying to coble together two non-working Zen Xtras into a working one. I receive a message: "Firmware Problem," and am instructed to reload the firmware. When I attempt to do so, the firware does not recognize the device although the device shows up in My Computer as a Zen Xtra. I have reloaded the drivers. When I attempt to reinstall the firmware, it states that it cannot detect the device and please connect it now. How do I resolve this lack of recognition?

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Is it possible to replace a routers firmware w/ something other than the original firmware to update from wep encryption to wpa encryption and all the other features that these new routers have? If so is this hard to do and is there a big risk or really screwing things up?

Answer:Replacing router Firmware w/ third party Firmware?

nope its easy, and as long as your smart and follow the few basic guildlines very unlikely chance of damaging the router. Biggest suggestion is never do the update via wireless as if you loss signal or what not could loose a bit of data for the router update.

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I was prompted to update my Battery firmware I have a genuine battery in my Thinkpad edge E520 that is out of warrenty The firmware failed and disabled the battery so it is no longer operating How do i reverse this firmware or disable the battery bios check?

Answer:Battery firmware has just killed my battery. How do you justify pushing firmware that does this?

Hi, welcome to the forums.
Here it is the support site link for your model just in case.
I'm guessing that the computer is booting but the battery does not provide any charge, right?
I did not have that issue, but I'm just guessing, What will happen if you apply the battery firmware update again? You can download it manually from the support site: "Lenovo Battery Firmware Update Utility for Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit), 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit), 8 (32-..."
This is what it cames to my mind right now, I hope it helps.

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I thought it would be a good idea in keeping with the overall goal of this site to start a thread to give people a list of legal and secure sites for downloading free or dirt-cheap movies, music and software/games.
I believe this would helpful in terms of not just telling people not to visit/support pirating websites,
but to also give them other alternatives so that there wouldn't be a temptation to go there anyway
(And also for people like me that Don't want to steal, but also don't want to pay more than I have to)
Master list of sites for free/dirt cheap movies, music and free/free to try software:
Open Music Archive
Contains music with expired copyright according to UK copyright law, which states that the copyright expires 70 years after the author's death.
As such, some of the music may be considered "pirated" in countries with longer copyright periods.
For example, The longest copyright period I know of is Mexico (100 years after the author's death).
This guy composes his own music and gives it away for free!
Movies and/or TV
Movies and tv free with ads, or (for cost of membership) watchable without ads. 
Free for Dishnetwork users?
Not completely free, but VERY low price!
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Answer:Good source sites for secure & legal free movies and free/free to try software?

That is a good question.
When I think about it Hulu does have movies.
I use Netflix.
I can use as I have Dishnetwork and can use that to be able to watch. Yup, just tested works good.
Many of the Movies channels can be watched that way.

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hi i would like to see which every one prefers?

Answer:Avast Free vs AVG Free vs Avira Free Antivirus for Windows

AVG proactive protection does very good work most of the time

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Which av is best ?

Answer:Bitdefender free vs Panda free vs Avira free 2016


This is my Top from what you listed.

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I have read and read the wiki and tutorials and all the version specific info. I have done everything it says to do to a "T".

When I log into the router, after doing a 30/30/30 hard reset and waiting, go to Administration and then to firmware upgrade, choose the vxworks_prep_v03.bin file and hit apply, it says "Upgrade are failed" almost immediately.....

I have been searching and searching and cannot find where I am going wrong here...any ideas?

Answer:need DD-WRT help on wrt54G v5.0

I have not ran into that particular issue. have you posted on the dd-wrt forums? some of their wiki pages are out of date so you could be following the pages correctly, but a step is wrong or being left out.

silly question, does the router already have dd-wrt on it? if so you just do a straight flash with the new firmware.

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I just installed the 2.2 release of DD-WRT on my router after having some issues with speeds and dropped connections. All I have to say is...DAMN!

Speeds are rediculous now, both wired and wireless. I'm moving large files at 10x the speed I once was getting. The other little tweaks in the F/W are pimp too.



Answer:WRT54g + DD-WRT = WOW

Nice Info ,Thanks for the Heads Up

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Question: WRT54G + WRT54G

Hi all...i have a question for you.
I have a WRT54G vrs 1.1 functioning as my main wireless router...however, I have a big house, and cannot get coverage in all parts of my house. Now, i have an extra WRT54G from linksys that i just picked up, which i believe is the newest revision of the router (havent looked at it yet)....and i was wondering if and how i could run cat5 to it from my main router so as to spread out a wireless signal..ect...and what changes in the settings i will have to make...ect. Currently there are 3 computers wired to the main 54G router.....and 3 computers/devices that take the wireless end of things.
Any help would be great
Also, i have just recently noticed using a 3rd party firmware and upping the power to the much extended coverage will i get outta this if i go this route?

Answer:WRT54G + WRT54G

Yes, it will work, but dont plug the incoming CAT5 into the WAN port. Just pick any of ports 1-4 to use. Keep in mind that you will also need to copy over your WEP/WPA settings, as well as any MAC addresses that you've explicitly listed.

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Question: WRT54G

In a earlier thread I had problems getting my toshiba laptop to connect to the WRT54G and I have that fixed(but with limited connectivity). on the status page time is not showing,the destination lan ip is not showing submask or default gateway either. DHCP is off and the wireless is in gateway mode.nothing is pingable and I can't access the internet or my local lan. I'm a little bit at a loss as to what I can do right now. As before setup is Cable modem----->BSF41 4 port wired router--------switch----------WRT54G. Any suggestions as what else I can do to get access to my lan and internet for my wireless laptop?


The dreaded Atheros wireless chipset?

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Question: DD-WRT & WRT54G

2 questions for you folks...will the DD-WRT firmware have any effect on the wired performance of the router? Or does it only play a role on the wireless side? I understand it offers additional features..but will those also only affect the wireless side?

2nd...which versions of the WRT54G are capable of the mod?

Much appreciated

Answer:DD-WRT & WRT54G

Can help your range a you can punch up the strength of the output signal. can say you can get better performance....when you're at a distance where the stock output would begin to fall off.

His list of supported devices..."DD-WRT"?#Features_.28Overview.29

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Question: WEP WRT54G Help...

Alright, I've tried EVERYTHING to get WEP to work on my WRT54G router to no avail. I set a 64-bit phrase, get the four provided keys, put them into the computers in the house through windows wireless network connect settings, but only the first computer will ever work. The rest won't transmit data, I just get a "connected with problems" error in the bottom right of the screen. I know I'm missing something but can't figure what, I've fooled with the setting for hours with no luck. Any ideas guys?

Answer:WEP WRT54G Help...

I guess you have the Default Trasmit key set to one? In that case all your computers should use the first generated key.

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I'm currently running a wrt54g and would like to get a second one up and running. I've plugged the second wrt54g into the first...but can't seem to get internet when connecting to the second.

What settings do I need? Please help!


Answer:How to set up TWO wrt54g's?

Run an ethernet cable from the Lan port on #1 to a Lan port on #2.
Disable DHCP on #2, and assign it a fixed IP address ( should work).
Linksys has an article on this:Search on "Two Routers".

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Hey Guys,

I'm trying to flash my router to DD-WRT firmware but I can't find one that works. I'm getting that "Update are Failed!" error message on all of them. I've tried about 10 different version of the DD-WRT, they all result in that error message.

I reset the router to factory defaults and still no avail.

Thoughts? I've been here to see if there are any responses on what to do. I found this and tried doing that but they still fail...

Answer:WRT54G V6 and DD-WRT

I would ask here

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Question: Wrt54g v5

Hey All,

I have a linksys router connected to four computers and putting out a wireless signal. I also have a PC upstairs I would like to get online, and have a WRT54G V5 wireless router that I want to use like a wireless USB stick. Is this possible without downloading additional firmware beisdes official Linksys firmware?


Answer:Wrt54g v5

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This is my first post on these forums, though i have read a few useful resolutions for some of my previous problems.

Anyway, here's what i have on my plate. Currently i have a network that communicates with the internet via an ISA 2006 Server. Everything from Mail Transfer to Client Internet Browsing is routed through this machine. Before i go any further i must let it be known that i do not administer this network internally, as it is used by one of my clients. I administer this network as well as many others with varying configurations from my own office (configured similarly, just on a larger scale). The network in question also has a linksys WRT54G router running DD-WRT that i had originally put on site to make original configuration and Telus OCA registration more convenient. Now i am trying to set this little router up as a secondary way of opening a remote desktop connection to a machine on the internal network in the event that there is a hardware failure or instability on the isa server.

From the experimenting that i have already done using identical routers on my own network i have come to the following conclusion - The internal computer will only respond to the request if it comes in on the router that is configured as that computers gateway. The problem is that i still want all traffic to be routed across the ISA Firewall until i open a terminal session to the internal machines and change these settings MANUALLY. Also, i have configured the router(s) to for... Read more

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I have decided that i am going to install dd-wrt on my router however when i downloaded the code and read the notes it said that v23sp2 Standard was not compatible with wrt54gv6. Which version of the code do i need for a v6 router?

Answer:dd-wrt on wrt54g v6

I think the micro version, (atleast the mini version) the dd-wrt forum has a whole bunch of info on it

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I am so used to enterprise class switches and such that I haven't kept up to date on the home front. Long story short - I currently have a DI-624 in place, but it is starting to have some challenges. I have a WRT54G v2 that I am putting dd-wrt on it. So the question is will this Linksys out perform my ole Dlink? or leave the 624 in place? I know that there a love/hate with both models, I am looking for actual experienced answers.

Thanks all

Answer:Di-624 vs WRT54G w/dd-wrt

I only own a WRT54g with DD-WRT on it. I don't think it's the fastest (as in processor speed etc.) switch there is, but it has quite a few features, which is important for me. I cannot complain about its 'performance' at this point, though I think its VPN speed is limited, I have not found that limit yet.

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Question: Wrt54g V2.0

I'm having some issues with the WRT54g. I'm pretty unfamiliar with this router, just got it the other night. Anyways, I've flashed it and downloaded the updated firmware for it. So the problem . . . I'm able to ping the router and get a response when I am wired to the router, but I can't ping myself or any of the other 2 computers wired to the router in my house. Also, our laptop is picking up the wireless signal from the router, but it is unable to actually connect to the net. Same thing, the computers that are wired to the router are unable to connect to the internet, although it shows us as having an active, strong network connection. So from what I can tell, we are getting a wireless and wired connection, but for whatever reason we can't actually connect to a network or ping each other? I've checked the subnet mask and all of that fun ipconfig stuff and everything matches up. Any ideas?

Answer:Wrt54g V2.0

Who is your ISP? What modem do you have?

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Question: WRT54G To AP?

I would like to change my WRT54G wireless router into a stand alone AP only. I am using IP cop for DHCP and the usual and would like to put the AP (WRT54G) on the blue network.

Can someone please tell me what needs to be disabled or configured in the WRT54G for this to work properly?

Answer:WRT54G To AP?

I'd flash DD-WRT onto it.

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Question: wrt54g router

I'm on satellite Internet, I sell one connection. heres the thing. when they get on line, I'm offline. ok I got 2 wrt54g routers 1 has the sevensoft upgrade on it. that has the bandwidth manger on it, by ports. running easy tracenet on the server. I can see what ports they are using and can slow them down. here is the prob. some of the ports I need to, in overall slowing me down too. I'm not a networking person still learning this, trial and error here. how its hooked up. > from satellite, to modem, > server running win 2000 >linksys wrt54g. which is more of a wireless hub then a router. one computer hard wire, two others wireless. I would like the plain jane router with no upgrade in it in fount of the upgraded one, to where my computer is not in the bandwidth manger. and i keep the speed. and I do have the security turned on and the wep too.

Answer:wrt54g router

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Question: WRT54G Router

I have a Linksys WRT54G v2 broadband router and my laptop is connected to it wirelessly, all seems to be fine except one thing. MSN Messenger, WIndows Update,, etc.. anything on Microsoft servers does not work. How do I fix this?

Answer:WRT54G Router

can you tracert to
or ping

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Question: wrt54g PROBLEMS

I'm trying to connect a wrt54g router with 2 pc's to share dsl among computers. I have the
desktop wired to the router running Windows98SE and my notebook has its linksys notebook card running WinXP. On the desktop: Once I connect the modem, to the router, to the desktop I can't get internet. All I get is "Page cannot be displayed". I can however access the router. What information do I need to configure the router with to get internet? For the notebook: I get an excellent signal, and again, no internet. Do I need to obtain a domain name and/or how do I properly configure the notebook card so I don't encounter this? Please help

Answer:wrt54g PROBLEMS

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Can somebody provide me solid, surefire way to increase the mW on my new WRT54G router? I've read a couple tutorials but what is working for some isn't working for others. Thanks.

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im going to be flashing my WRT54G V2.2 with the DD-WRT i have been meaning to do this for sometime, im just planning to follow the instructions found here is that the right place to follow and is there anything i should know before i do this?

i dont really have a reason i just want to see what its all about. i am however very interested in the URL redirecting you can do, so when people are connected to me AP if they open up a web browser i can send them to my own web page, im going to be building a file server and when people connect to my router with the DD-WRT firmware they get sent to my webpage wich has information about my file server.

Answer:flashing DD-WRT to WRT54G

I've flashed a few routers so far, and I used those very same instructions to flash my WRT54G v.3 to DD-WRT. Under 'uploading the firmware where it says:

7. The router will take a few minutes to upload the file and flash the firmware. During this time, the power light will flash.
8. A new page will open, wait about 5 minutes before clicking "Continue".
9. If flashed successfully you will now be at the DD-WRT web interface.

It really does mean wait 5 minutes. It may take even longer, but not 'hours' time. I completely disconnected the router from my cablemodem to decrease the chance of error.
I also opened the pages I thought I'd need in multiple tabs of firefox before I started at it so I'd have troubleshooting info in case things went south.

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Question: WRT54G 1.1 Dead?

Well, I think it finally happened, my trusty ole Linksys router may be dead. But, seeing as how this has been my first and only router (I think i've had it for 2 or 3 years) I thought maybe I'd run it by you guys since I've never had to deal with a dead SOHO router. Just a note; I've been running DD-WRT for a month or two. It is still handling DHCP fine, I can telnet to it, I can get to the WebUI. It just will not get a WAN IP. It stays at Thinking DD-WRT was the problem, I put the newest Linksys firmware on - still the 0's. So...I'm assuming its dead...just hoping a couple people may have any tricks to revive it? And obviously, when plugged into it; i get nothing. Can't ping, no web pages, nothing. Any help is appreciated!

Edit: Plugging straight into modem works. So obviously a router problem. Just looking for a possible way to revive it! Please help! I dont wanna lose my 1.1!!!!!!

Answer:WRT54G 1.1 Dead?

I've got one of those. It acted funny a while back, and I had to use a cable to get to it's settings. I fiddled with some things, and strangly enough when I messed with the channel it sprang back to life. I figured it must have triggered some kind of reset.

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I am having trouble hooking up my neighbors Linksys WRT54G wireless router successfully.

Heres what it looks like:

Bellsouth DSL > DSL Modem > WRT54G > Laptop

I can connect the DSL straight to the laptop and it work fine. When I connect the router to the modem is where I have problems. I went to and set the router setup to PPOe with the [email protected] & password. Then I ran ipconfig /all and put the MAC addresses listed into the MAC filtering and set to Permit Only. I set security to WEP and generated a passkey. I went to the wireless network setup, saw the router, set it to "open" and "wep" and copied the passkey into it.

Heres what puzzles me...I can connect to the router wirelessly, goto CMD and ping and get a reply. But when I goto IE I get nothing.

I don't know what to do at this point. When I goto the router "STATUS" screen...over PPOe it shows disconnected, and clicking connect doesnt do anything. But when I set the router to DHCP instead of PPOE I can get a connected status with IP's and such. So should the router be set to PPOE or DHCP?

Answer:WRT54G Bellsouth DSL

I can connect to the router wirelessly, goto CMD and ping and get a reply. But when I goto IE I get nothingClick to expand...

This sounds like a DNS issue. Try opening IE and instead of going to try going to That is the ip address for If that works then your DNS settings are not configured properly.


I just realized that if DNS wasn't working you wouldn't be able to ping so this first part should probably be ignored.

But when I set the router to DHCP instead of PPOE I can get a connected status with IP's and such. So should the router be set to PPOE or DHCP?Click to expand...

If everything is working fine when you select DHCP what's the problem?

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Question: WRT54G Modding

Could some post a pic of where on the WRT54G v2 PCB I can solder fan leads to? I am hoping for a voltage of 7V to 11V, and a current of no more than 0.2A.

Answer:WRT54G Modding

Dude, you are [H]

On a side note, anyone know of a good place to solder fan leads on a W11 version 4?


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Question: wrt54g thoughts

I am thinking about buying one of these in the next week. I just wanted to hear some real world thoughts about it. Thanks guys.

I know about the linux add on you can do...thoughts on that...and

the 7.5db upgraded antennas....your thoughts.

Ive read a few reviews and they all seem favorable, and i like that you can replace the antennas or add a cantenna to it.

Thanks guys alot

Answer:wrt54g thoughts

Mines been working wonderful with newest firmware. I hammer it with gigabytes of downloads weekly and all my gaming activities and its only needed to be rebooted once. Wireless is stabile and fast. The 54G was the top rated wireless router in Portable PC Magazine. Have no comment on the 3rd party firmware as I never use it, but I heare alot of people get some serious kick ass stuff outa using Sveasoft firmware instead of Linksys stuff. Most people here will agree its the low end router of choice among enthusiasts of all kinds.

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OK. My WRT54G v5 works for the PC it's hooked up to via ethernet. It works for the laptop that's using a Linksys WiFi PCMCIA card. However, my Nintendo DS won't work with it! Says it isn't compatible with its security settings. How do I fix this and retain wireless functionality with the laptop?

Answer:I'm About To Kill My WRT54G v5.

Are you using WPA-PSK? If so I don't believe that the DS is compatible with that encryption. If you are running WPA-PSK try WEP instead.

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All right, this is what I've got version 3 WRT54G Linksys wireless router firmware 3.036...and Cable Modem Motorla Sb5120. I've never had an issue before, until I connected the router, this is is the result of. Dell Xps 400 yr 2005. Windows Xp sp2. Isp--> Comcast Cable

Ipconfig/all; this is when both modem and router are connected during a popup saying 'conflict':

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Abdias Malary>ipconfig/all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : DFGLVS81
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter homy:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 PL Network Connect
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-12-3F-7A-13-94
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 2002:42e5:3983:4:7d68:c236:4a9f:dfa3

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 2002:42e5:3983:4:212:3fff:fe7a:1394
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0::4:212:3fff:fe7a:1394%2
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::212:3fff:fe7a:1394%4
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :
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Answer:Ip conflict with WRT54G

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Question: WRT54G and ADSL?

Hey all,

Im getting ready to set up a wireless part to my network now that i have the money available.

I was intending on getting a Linksys WRT54G. However I've read that this will not work with my ADSL internet. Since I use BT Internet ADSL connection this might not be too good. Altho i could just keep my BEFSR41 shareing the internet.

Can anyone shed light on the matter?


Answer:WRT54G and ADSL?

i have a wrt54g and i'm not sure what could prevent it from working with adsl. you'll still need an adsl modem though.

i'm sure someone will come along who has adsl and comment on it.

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I need some help with configure my Linksys WRT54G wireless router to work with Cavalier's C2 internet. The Linksys WRT54G work flawlessly when I configure to work with the motorola cablem modem when I was with Comcast (they blow btw). So I switch to CavTel's dsl (advertise as 8mbps download but i'm only getting 5.1mbps but oh well it's just as fast as comcast imo). Well i tried everything to get the damn thing to get through the internet...nothing works. The last thing I need to do is to reset the router to factory setting. I'm going to do that tonight. I called CavTel customer service and they told me that they're serving the internet via DHCP (which is even easier then Comcast's static IP address setup). Is anyone running a similar setup? If i connect the ethernet cable from adsl modem to my computer I can get fast internet, but i'm trying to set the router up so I can have access from my other computer. Let me know if you have any idea or encounter similar problems. Thx!

Answer:Need help with WRT54G and Cavalier C2

Since you can connect without the router, maybe the DSL modem is looking for the MAC address of your PC and when you hook up the router its not verified. Try cloning your PCs MAC address.

Or maybe just power cycle everything, hook everything up, unplug the modem and router, wait about a minute, plug the modem back in, let it power up, and do the same with the router..

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hey people

i am wanting to buy the linksys WRT54G broadband router. However i have seen the speedbooster version.

can anyone help me as to which one to buy and do they both come with the 'single button setup feature' to automatically detect IP addresses etc.

Please help me people i am stuck as to which one to buy


Answer:linksys WRT54G help

The speed-booster version is better, unless you plan on modifying it, then it depends on what models your modification works with.

do they both come with the 'single button setup feature' to automatically detect IP addresses etc.
Click to expand...

Not that I know of.

If you plan on using custom firmware, or modding the device, you need to be aware that Linksys has changed from linux with recent models to avoid liscensing issues, so you may not be able to modify the device you get unless you specifically shop for a model that you know the modification will work with.

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Question: Linksys WRT54G

Just got one today
Not mine, building a HotSpot for a friend.
Any ways I have the Sveasoft Satori v4.0 for WRT54G. (my model is 2.0)
But I would really like to know a few things, before I kill bran new hardware.
1. Is its web interface somewhat the same?, screenshots?, can I go back to linksys bin easy?
2. Is the mW safe to change? (heat issues?)
I don't need any of the extras that come with the sveasoft software, I will be running a linux machine that will do all the VPN and bandwidth junk, but the mW upgrade sounds like a good deal.
oh and 3. is there something newer out, I downloaded this long time ago and save it to my hd, thought I might get one of these access points some day

Answer:Linksys WRT54G

Interface is pretty much the same with a bunch of extra settings from what I've seen. I still havent got one yet of my own.

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Question: Linksys WRT54G

Does anyone know, is there any way to tell if someone is hacking into my Linksys WRT54G wireless router? My lights are flashing when I,m not on the internet.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G

Turn on WEP or WPA, whichever your router supports.

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Question: wrt54g range

I plan on purchasing two wrt54g's and flashing them with different firmware to increase the power levels for longer range. If i was to bridge two with some generic omni's off of ebay, what type of range should i expect? For the most part it would be line of site, with a few obstacles. Unidirectional antennas are not an option.

Answer:wrt54g range

Rakinos said:

I plan on purchasing two wrt54g's and flashing them with different firmware to increase the power levels for longer range. If i was to bridge two with some generic omni's off of ebay, what type of range should i expect? For the most part it would be line of site, with a few obstacles. Unidirectional antennas are not an option.Click to expand...

Hmmm... I doubt you can double their THEORETICAL values... which are 300ft outdoors and 100 feet indoors. So, maybe 450 feet? It's just a guess.........

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*posted on whirlpool too, hoping for millions of responses, lol*

As stated in the title, my router keeps cutting out for like 10 seconds and then BAM! It is back on and pretending nothing ever happened. This wouldn't be much of an issue, but I'm playing online games and using VoIP programs, so it disconnects me from those and takes around 3 or 4 mins to get back into everything.

I heard it getting overheated was a problem, so I took it out of the hub, and set it up in my room. Heat is definitely not the problem. It just disconnected again 30 minutes ago, so I had to cancel out of my game and come make a post here, haha.

It isn't just the internet, it is the entire network. Like, I was steaming music from my computer to my xbox, and it crashed for 10 secs, stopping music and again, taking a min or two to reconnect each other.

This means it aint my ISP i presume, due to the home network dying too.

Any ideas on how to fix this?


My side question, is... I have this router that isn't wireless, but worked 100% before I moved house and got this new wireless one. Now I connect to the network through cable, it is my dad / sister that uses wireless. Wondering, can I connect the old router in to my computer and the wall, and then stick the new router into my old one for the wireless only?

So basically, if the new router dies for 10 secs, I won't get disconnected, only the wireless down for a bit.


oh, are there a... Read more


WRT54G Constantly DISCONNECTING!!! - Linksys - DSL Hardware - Whirlpool Broadband Forums

that would probs just be easiest to see details / progress made.
hope this isn't against terms of use or something, linking to another forums site, lol
sorry mods if it is!

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Question: WRT54G Apache Help



Fedora Core 5
2 Windows XP (Wired)
1 Laptop (Wireless)

Linksys WRT54G v5

I have just installed Fedora and started the httpd service. I can access the APache test page on the Fedora computer by »linux, », » I am unable to view the test page on the Fedora computer by »MYIP, »MYDOMAIN. I am unable to view the test page from any other one of my computers or computers off my LAN. I have opened up port 80 under the port forwarding section on my router. I have DHCP disabled in my router conifguration and I have assigned static IP's to all of my computers all of which can access the internet. I have tryed putting my Apache IP ( in the DMZ section of my router with no luck. I have the most recent firmware version for my router. Does anyone have any ideas what is going on here?


Answer:WRT54G Apache Help

You said you allowed port 80 through your router but did you make sure it gets forwarded to the IP address of the fedora machine? Also, your ISP may be blocking the port but that would not stop you from being able to access it via local ip address on the other machines on the network.

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I currently use a WRT54G v5 router to connect to the internet. It has the DD-WRT v24 firmware on it.

Every now and again, the desktop that is connected (through ethernet, not wireless) loses it's connection and I have to restart my computer. This is extremely aggravating because it disturbs my work.
I have tried connecting straight through to my computer with the modem and the problem goes away. So i have narrowed the problem down to my router.

Using XP's network repair option does not work. The repair stops at "Acquiring network address..."
It seems as if the computer loses its IP address. The "ipconfig" commands in CMD do not work either.

please help.

Answer:WRT54G w/ DD-WRT problems

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Question: wrt54g settings??

how do i assign static ip to differnt devices on here. was able to on my netgear and dlinks that let me clone the devices MAC id and assign an IP. how can i do this on hte wrt54g?i dont see any LAN settings at all.thanks


or are you supposed to STATIC IP it on the device it self (ps3, nas, pc etC.) and the router will detect it?

Answer:wrt54g settings??

antok86 said:

or are you supposed to STATIC IP it on the device it self (ps3, nas, pc etC.) and the router will detect it?Click to expand...


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While trying to install DD-WRT on my router yesterday. More than likely it was my fault. But I followed the instructions exactly. I know I did .

It was a v.5. With linksys software, I've had lots of problems with it killing my connection lately. Even the wired connections would die, and I'd have to reboot my modem daily. So I thought flashing it would solve the problem.

I've done a little reading, but I'm starting to get overwhelmed. Would my best bet be replacing it with another WRT54G v.5? Would it be worth shopping on ebay for an earlier version? Or does anyone recommend another brand?

Answer:I bricked my WRT54G.

Before giving up....I'd go for the revival methods. If you do give up and get another..I'd recommend better a version other than the dreaded V5.

However...revival methods (and I've brought a few back from the dead with these)

Last week I de-bricked my version 1...when the awesome Tomato 3rd party firmware came out a while ago, before their website said "Don't attempt on V1 routers..they don't get along"..I tried flashing mine from DD to Tomato. Bricked. I left it alone for a few months..since I have a few other WAPs to fiddle with. But last weekend, was bored, spent an hour reviving her.

Manually set your NIC to or so, snm.
10 base, 1/2 duplex.

Use the Linksys setup utility provided in the link's an GUI EXE, not the usual tftp utility, but a more automated one. Combined with running a steady -t ping, shorting the pins on the flash, after several attempts I managed to click the upgrade button at the right time and it shoved the Linksys firmware down the throat of the wrt. Then a few hard resets later..she ran fine, reflashed with DD..good to go.

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Question: WRT54G troubles

I am running the most recent version DD-WRT on my Linksys WRT54G v4. For some reason, when I do a fresh install of an OS and they try to update it, I cannot. I can finally do updates when I go to a LAN party at some convention or a friend's house, but not mine, but after I do this somewhere else, I can then do updates at home. My question becomes, what is really causing this? Is my router causing this? How can you tell when your router is taking a dive?

Answer:WRT54G troubles

How are you connected to you router at home?

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Question: Linksys WRT54G

Anyone have any problems with the Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router? After updating the firmware and setting all configurations, I couldn't get it to work. I've tried to connect my PC thru wired and wireless connection, all the time the connection was slow (only partial website was displayed on my web browser) or it won't even connect to some webserver. Try downloading something from the web and it won't work. I've bought another WRT54G and same problem exist. Is it my problem or the Linksys WRT54G won't work with Shaw Cable Internet service?

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I have windows xp sp 2 installed on my system on a realtek RTL 8168 NIC

i'm having problem with wrt54g V7 that i recently bought to replace my old D-link router. I have done a google research and done all the recommended fix but still the connection problem keep popping up every hour or so. *this is an improventment since last time when i got the router, the router keep disconnecting every 15 mins or so...

what i did was:
1. Installed the lastest firmware 7.04
2. Set the MTU on the router to be 1494
3. Set my NIC MTU to be 1500

Has anyone been able to fix this problem before?

Thanks in advance for any reply

Answer:problem with wrt54g V7

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Well my room mate went out and bought a wrt54g last semester and its been running fine but recently it starts to lock up... the internet will stop working completely and neither my laptop nor my desktop can access the routers page... to remedy this resetting the router gives me a window of about 2-3 minutes of accessing the internet or accessing the routers page before it once again.. (surprise) locks up...

My wrt54g at my parents house is of course running good ole dd-wrt however after further investigation the wrt54g my room mate bought is a series 5-6 router, or as they call it 'neutered' with less memory and all the stuff that helps them out and it seems most reported attempts of flashing it leads to bricked wrt54g's....

does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:WRT54g keeps locking up =\

I think just about every 54G is flashable these days, it's just a little more involved process. I just flashed tomato on a couple brand new routers that my parents' bought. I'm pretty sure one was a v5 and the other was a v6. It involved flashing a couple special firmwares first, but after that it was just like usual. I've got em set up in WDS mode to extend the signal range in their house, and they've been working fine for the past month.

Here's the page I used:

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Question: IPCop and WRT54G

I need to allow my wireless to connect my IPCop. I am using a green and red networks. I switched the IP on my Linksys router to and the green network on my IPCop is How can I get my router to communicate with IPCop?

Answer:IPCop and WRT54G

Just run a cable from your Green NIC to one of the routers LAN ports and use the router as a AP, it can also double as a switch. If you want to get a little more fancy you can throw in another NIC and create a Blue zone which if i remember right is IPcops wireless zone (Seperated from the green zone)

Also disable the routers DHCP server as i imagine your IPcop is taking care of that now..

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Guys, I hope someone can help me out. I checked a few threads here and elsewhere, like this one

but it went over my head pretty fast.

Hopefully I'm not the typical 'help me' n00b. Bought the router (v 1.0 - was this a mistake?? - I checked the site first and there wasn't a huge group shouting 'don't do it' over there). Get it home and try to connect my PC to the net through it, DSL connection. No luck - DIAG light is flashing. Manual says update the firmware to thlatest. I try pressing reset button for 30 seconds (both powered down and powered up), nothing. So I go here

I follow all the steps, dowload the latest firmware update for my specific unit from Linksys, reconfigure my Networking settings, and then I get to this line at the end

6. You may now proceed to upgrade the router’s firmware with the files that were downloaded.
7. Once the upgrade is complete, the router's red Diag light should no longer be blinking.Click to expand...

Everything smooth up to this point, but... how do I go about doing that? Hmmm.. ok, in the actual upgrade files that I downloaded, there is a Read Me. Aha!

1) Before you start, be sure you are using a PC that is connected to the WRT54G
via a wired (Ethernet) connect... Read more

Answer:WRT54G v 1.0, can't get it up and running

if your connected to the router and the router is not connected to the dsl modem, are you then able to access the router interface? If so, then the router and the dsl modem run in the same IP range and this can cause a conflict. Change the ip of the router to something like

Then you will probably have to connect the pc directly into the dsl router and get into its interface menu and change it to bridged mode (you do this if the modem is a router/modem, as most seem to be).

Once you do this, then you should be able to connect the router to the dsl modem and have no issues with connectivity. You should be able to get on the net and also be able to access the routers interface.

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Question: Bricked WRT54G

I have just bought a bricked Linksys WRT54G and with so many tips and instructions on how to unbrick it, i'm not really trying to go thru a lot of hoops in sorting thru it all. Is there someone out in the forum that would help in getting it fixed if i sent it to them? From the info gathered its the version 1.0. I really wanted a Dlink since my wireless B is Dlink. Anyway, any help would be appreciated. Send email for faster reply.

Answer:Bricked WRT54G

you should post in the Networking & Security forum to get some replies, maybe there they will now about your router

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Question: linksys WRT54G

I am seeking a little help / opinion on the following issue....

Current network config... ISP is Mediacom cable, feeding a Motorola modem, followed by a symantec 100 hardware firewall appliance doing NAT. Then I have a linksys WRT54G ver 2 wireless router, nominally running WPA encrypted G mode to a linksys card in a laptop. Both the firewall and router have current firmware upgrades.

Downlink speed is ~2.5 Mbit/sec when my laptop is directly wired to the firewall via a 100 Mbit/sec eithernet connection. Downlink speed is ~1 - 1.5 Mbit/sec when directly wired to a port on the linksys router. Similarly I am seeing ~1 - 1.5 Mbit/sec via the encrypted wireless link. .... Hope that all makes sense!

Now the question .... does the WRT54G inherently exhibit slow throughput (way less than the marketing guys ratings), or is there a way to configure the unit such that I can get ~2.5 Mbit/sec on the output side of the router? At present my network is stable (no dropped connections) and usable. But ... I want to tweek things, if possible, to access the full bandwidth. Any suggestions on where to explore, and/or is there another wireless router on the market that is more robust.

TIA for any help... Jim

Answer:linksys WRT54G

the symantec appliance/router both nat.

how robust you think you need.
bite the bullet and get a t-3 line, you'll showup everybody you email.

are you really downloading at the values you mention or going to test sites/your own isp, there's a difference.

the fact that you have a 54g router doesn't mean you'll dl that fast.
it depends on your isp/plan if they have basic thru warp drive connection speeds and many will have you pay a premium for the faster connection.

some isp's limit dl to 1.5mb/s and ul 128-768kb. does yours?

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Hello, i recent purchased one of these wireless routers, and I want to make it as as secure as possible. Due to the fact that only one solitary wireless device will be using the wireless connection, is there a way that i can set the wireless signals to only accept my laptop's mac address? or any way at all that i can tell it only to allow my laptop to connect?. There are also two wired pc's connected to the router, but they are ok. I'm just worried about unwanted traffic on my wireless connection.

Thank You,

Answer:Help with Linksys WRT54G Please.

Well, i configured the router to only allow my laptop's mac address access. Anyone know how effective this is? or how i can test to make sure that its restricting access to other possible intrussions? (like change my laptop's MAC address temporarily or something without having buy an ethernet card or the like).

Thank you,

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Question: Ugh.. WRT54G Woes?

I got this wireless router and thus far have only had 1 computer hooked to it. My family recently purchased 2 laptops.. and after about a week of fiddling around..

I think I have finally come to the conclusion that the linksys router is only allowing ONE computer at a time to connect wirelessly.

Strange what its doing also. Doesnt matter if security is enabled or not. On the 2 computers that are unable to connect, i can see the wireless network, but when I double click it just sits there trying to connect. Never gets past that. Sits for a minute and then it just refreshes the network list and mine is SOMETIMES missing. Other times its still there but its not connected.
Please wait while WIndows connects to the 'xxxx' network.

Waiting for network...


Answer:Ugh.. WRT54G Woes?

Kassem said:

I got this wireless router and thus far have only had 1 computer hooked to it. My family recently purchased 2 laptops.. and after about a week of fiddling around..

I think I have finally come to the conclusion that the linksys router is only allowing ONE computer at a time to connect wirelessly.

Strange what its doing also. Doesnt matter if security is enabled or not. On the 2 computers that are unable to connect, i can see the wireless network, but when I double click it just sits there trying to connect. Never gets past that. Sits for a minute and then it just refreshes the network list and mine is SOMETIMES missing. Other times its still there but its not connected.

Please wait while WIndows connects to the 'xxxx' network.

Waiting for network...

NEVER STOPSClick to expand...

It sounds like it's not even connecting through the wireless. Try resetting (to factory default) your router and reconfiguring it -- WITHOUT putting security. Sometimes that helps.

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Question: wrt54g pings

Does anyone know the the setting in the Linksys wrt54g control panel is to make it respond to external pings. I can ping it internally, but not externally. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:wrt54g pings

On the Security menu, disable "Block WAN Request".

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