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Linksys WRT54G alternative firmware

Question: Linksys WRT54G alternative firmware

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.

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Answer: Linksys WRT54G alternative firmware

Check out Hyperwrt 2.0 at
It works great for me.

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

Answer:New firmware for WRT54G?

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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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.

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

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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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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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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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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 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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Question: linksys wrt54g

I have a Linksys WRT54G v2.2 router attached to my PC. I have had it for a few years now and it has worked fine.My PC had a problem about 10 months back and I had to wipe it clean. I re installed every thing but could not fine the router disk so I went to the LINKSYS website and down loaded the router driver. set up was fine and it gave me WPA password. My pc crashed a few weeks back and the router would not work. I used the same router driver to reinstall it, however this time it did not give me a security WPA password. My internet worked slow in the evenigs, so I checked the wireless connection on a laptop that was connected via wifi and it showed my Linksys connection as unsecure. the internet was slow when other users in the house were not using it, I knew it was hacked by neighbours as there was no password on my wifi set up.My questions are:Why would the router setup do this (no wpa password) and is there a work around?I tried airsnare to track other illegal users, but it made no sence to me, is there any better free software?Does any one know why once the linksys router is setup I can not find its settings, or am I looking in the wrong place, ie, nothing in the program folder, no short cut on desk top or in program list. How do I access the settings to change all other devices,(2 x laptops) are connected WIFI my pc is via ethernet, neighbours were connected via wifi, if have disabled the routerI have xp 2002 sp3

Answer:linksys wrt54g

You access the setup using your browser - see click here

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Question: Linksys WRT54G-UK

I am a trying to set up a wireless network for the first time using a Linksys WRT54G-UK broadband router and a Speedtouch 330 modem. I seem to have got stuck on the basic hardware configuration because I can't see how the modem connects to the router as well as the phone point. Is it that I need a router that will accept a usb connection?I look forward to any ideas. Thank you

Answer:Linksys WRT54G-UK

Unfortunately, you have bought the wrong router for what you want to do. Your router is suitable for use with Cable Broadband (NTL & Telewest) where the supplied modem supports an ethernet connection.You cannot use a USB modem with a router and, for ADSL broadband via the phone line, you need a combined "Router/ADSL Modem" which replaces your existing modem.

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Question: Linksys WRT54G

Helping my son with an issue. He has a WRT54G router that he's been connected to for about three years. Today his Modem was giving him problems and the cable provider replaced it. They worked him through the registration process while he was wired into the modem. Afterwards, he attempted to connect to the router wirelessly. He was able to connect to the network but not the internet.

His system is an HP Laptop (sorry, don't have the model). He is running Vista home. The diagnosis said the issue was with the DNS.

We checked the cables and connections and the appear correct and good. He rebooted the computer, modem, and router. (Acutally, he unplugged them all and the restarted them. )

We could Ping the router, we cabled into the router and still couldn't connect to the internet. We checked the settings, released the DCHP and refreshed the DCHP. Nothing.

We reset the router to factory default and configured again. Nothing. Cable company says it's the router. Linksys won't provide the answer for less than $50.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Linksys WRT54G

Well, Don't ask me why, but out of frustration, I had him power down the Modem and power it back up again, and this time it worked. Thank you for those who took the time to read this. And I hope anyone who searches for an answer in the future gets a quick fix from here.

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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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Ok, here is what I am trying to do.

My neighbor has wireless internet and has given me their WPA code so I can use their signal. The problem I have is that my desktop is on the other side of the apt and I bought one of the USB Wireless adapters & plugged it in. It recognizes the network & I can login, however the signal is very weak/low and the signal keeps dropping.

I need to find a way to increase the signal strength to my bedroom. I have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router and was wondering if I could configure it to work on my desktop instead of the USB adapter (to gain better signal).

Is this possible and if not, what other things can I do to gain signal strength.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G help

doesn't work that way. You need a WRE54G on the side of the house that your neighbor is to grab that signal and retransmit it to your desktop. Takes some semi-advanced configuration though... I've always done it manually so you might have luck using the cd that comes with the device.

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Question: linksys WRT54G

Hi guys,

mabye you can help, i am having trouble configuring my broadband router, i would like to configure it like this
USB ADSL MODEM--PC--ICS--INTERNET PORT (back of router) --WLAN--WORK PC. I have a netgear wireless g USB WLAN adapter on the laptop which works fine.

The laptop (with adapter) can connect to the router with a 100% signal, BUT i cannot get the internet to work, any ideas? usually with ICS/LAN it just works....everything is connected properly. I can ping it and even go to the setting page

the router is a linksys WRT54G and has the following ports on the back ( DC in, 1,2,3,4, INTERNET) the INTERNET is where the ehternet cable coming from the PC is connected.

i know the ICS works as i can connect the laptop directly to it with no hassles and xbox live works

i have windows xp and all the necessary specs to run the lot.


Answer:linksys WRT54G

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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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Question: Linksys WRT54G Qs

Bought the above-referenced router the other day. Set-up was a breeze and after a couple of hiccups, connectivity seems to be solid. However...I have noticed *considerable* increase in download times from the web. For example, on YouTube, prior to installing the router, I never had problems running any videos without lags. Now I lag and stop/start with every one I try to view. I now keep Task Mgr open at all times to observe performance and CPU use. My CPU% pegs with the WUSB54GC.exe process bouncing all over from 0% to ~ 80%. An average webpage stalls on loading. What can I do to get my previous download speeds back???

Answer:Linksys WRT54G Qs

I'm assuming that file is the connection utility that came with the installation CD?

Have you tried disabling that and using the Windows Connection Utility?

Have you scanned for virii or malware lately? Install anything other than the router?

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Question: Linksys WRT54G

I have a Linksys WRT54G for about 3 years now and am now being told the lates versions do not come with a Linux based firmware.
I believe mine is a 1.1 version and would like to know if I update the latest version of firmware for my router, does that mean it no longer operates under the GNU code?

Right I am running "Firmware Version : v4.20.7"

Answer:Linksys WRT54G

Firmware source up to version 4.20.9 are available in the Linksys GPL Code Center.

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Question: linksys wrt54g

My dad is restricting my internet use and I would like to know if there is a way to go in the router and change the settings. The username and password is not the default. I have already tried hitting the reset button on the back of the router, and that worked but he caught on and said dont do that. If there isnt a way into the router without knowing the login is there a way to connect to the internet through the cable modem?Or maybe is there a program that overides the restrictions. I just gotta know the login and i know what to do from there.Just give me anyway to connect to the internet. Thanks.

Answer:linksys wrt54g

If it is your dad that is paying the bill then it's up to him.If my son tried that sort of thing after being told that he was being restricted I would disconect him altogether for a while!!!!!!!

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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

hi im new here and am in need of help.i got given the Linksys WRT54G router by my cousin yesterday to use so i am able to go online on my playstaion 3. now im a bit confused. im with talktalk and i am using the SmartAx Mt882 modem. it says adsl on the modem and apparently the linksys router is dsl. does that mean i cant use it the routerif i am able to use it could someone quickly run through how i should be connectiong it up like the wires and things. many thanks

Answer:Linksys WRT54G

forgot to add i didnt get a cd to help set it up

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Question: Linksys wrt54g


I have a Linksys wrt54g router , have had it for 2 years ans never used it. No tech support is available from cisco due to age of it.

I have Vista Home Premium 32 bit desk top, and i would like to set this up to use a Toshiba satellite windows 7 64 bit laptop in my home.

Can you direct me to a proper tutorial to do this or instructions you might have?

thanks in advance

Answer:Linksys wrt54g

When it says shut down cable modem, which is what i have, i am to unplug it?
thanks again

this is a dead link apparently as on the web page


* Linksys by Cisco: WRT54G User's Guide (PDF)

i found it on google

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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: WRT54G Linksys

My attitude is "if it ain't broke..." and I don't know how old my router is, but it works just fine. Is there a big advantage to go to Wireless N, and is it the "latest?" I use a Roku box, a laptop, iPod Touch and iPad2 with my wifi.

Answer:WRT54G Linksys

It is the latest standard and typically gives you faster and more stable wireless transfers.
However, to benefit from those advantages on all your devices, they would all have to be wireless N compatible.

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Hi, i finally got it set up and everything but withOUT the linksys router my internet connection is 5x faster acording to i was download at a max of 52KB now it is 14KB please is there anyway to fix this

i have version 6 of the router and i already did a firmware upgrade

Answer:just got a Linksys WRT54G and i need some help

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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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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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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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Hi folks.Im just looking for some advice here, I have had a read through the topics on wireless network on a virgin broadband conection.Is the Linksys WRT54G the same as the WRT54GSUKwill the WRT54GSUK be ok for a cat5 wired conection for two desktops.manny thanks mr edd.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G / WRT54GSUK

The WRT54G is the standard 54Mbps version of the router. The WRT54GS is the version with SpeedBoost incorporated and, when used in conjunction with a compatible Linksys Wireless Network Adapter with SpeedBoost should connect at 125Mbps. I have this kit (although I no longer use the Linksys router) and have yet to be convinced that there is any speed increase at all.I actually contacted Linksys and asked if, in the adapter's Properties, it should show as connected at 125Mbps rather than 54Mbps. They couldn't (or wouldn't) give me a definitive answer.I mainly use a D-Link DI-524, or Netgear WGR614, rather than the Linksys which had a habit of losing connections to networked computers about twice a day. I think the WRT54G was a more reliable product than the SpeedBoost WRT54GS version.

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I flashed my wrt54g with the latest alchemy bios and now it wont even turn on!
All I get is the diagnostic light (red) lit the entire time and I cant reset it.
I've tried unplugging it, holding the reset button for 20 secs - nothing works

Any suggestions?

Answer:Linksys WRT54G Dead?

read up, i believe it tells ya how to revive them.

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Hey guys any idea on how to change the admin page for a Linksys WRT54G back to English? Its freaking stuck in another language after loaning it to a relative and I cant figure out how to get it back to English. Help please.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G Router

I would suggest looking under admin

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Since there have been many posts recently "What wireless solution should I choose?, cry cry cry" and I keep answering with the same answer, here is a post that should answer some questions.

Why should I purchase a Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router?
- This router runs the 802.11g standard (54MPbs)
- This router has good performance and documentation right out of the box.
- The range is not phenominal but it ranks very high amongst others in my book.

I keep hearing about this "3rd Party Firmware" for the WRT54G/WRT54GS, what is it?
- There are a few options you have with the WRT,
WiFi-Box, Sveasoft's Firmware, and HyperWRT

With Sveasoft there are a few different versions to choose from. Read the documentation carefully and choose which one you would like to go with. I personally recommend the later versions of Alchemy.

Options I have seen in the Alchemy revision firmwares
- Wireless Bridging (The bridged WRT can connect clients via wireless AND via CAT5)
- XMIT adjustment options (Bumping up juice to antennas for extended range)
- The whole WDS feature just blows me away, read documentation because that is a whole 'nother scenario to dig into.

I'll add to this when I can think of something I may of forgotten.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G --EVERYONE READ

Good info. I swear by this router and the WAP54G for my home/home office clients. It should be noted that the stock firmware supports bridging as well, but the alternate firmwares have a little more flexability in this regard.

Edit: Don't forget EWRT and


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I got EarthLink DSL and a Linksys WRT54g router. How do I setup the router to allow the computers connected to it to use the internet also?

I already set up my router to connect to the internet, and my computer works fine. My computer can also access the 2nd computer, and visa-versa. But the second computer's internet does not work.

I tried setting up ICS, but is it possible with one nic? I set my network connection as my internet connection, but my network setup wizard cannot be completed.

So what do I have to do to share my dsl?

I want to have to use a proxy or w/e as my last resort. Thanks.

Answer:Sharing DSL with Linksys WRT54g

Ok first make sure the dsl router is connected to the WAN(not uplink) port. The two computers connect to the numbered ports. You may have set up bridging on the modem or call up earthlink and ask them if you need to change any settings on the modem. I know for sprint I have to telnet into the modem and tweak some stuff for the dsl to work through the wrtg54...but it does. The default settings on the router should work without a lot of tweaking.

Yes you need two nics(or 1 nic one modem to share dialup) to use ICS, but the WRTG should handle the job fine.

If your two computers can see each other, the router is working. If the second computer cant get net it is either a problem on the second computer or perhaps the bridging issue I encountered with sprint. Again you will have to check with earthlink to make sure you dont have to do any gymnastics to get the dsl to share.

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Been trying to put the linksys behind the NVG but no luck there...Next I tried to make the WRT54G as a repeater for wireless. It has much better wireless than the NVG does. For what ever reason I'm unable to make the router work as a repeater. Any help would be great.

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I have just recently set up the above wireless network for my Sony Vaio desktop to run remotely from my sons Compaq desktop. The Sony is approx 46' away and thru 3 walls. Problem is this: when my son is not using his computer the connection to wireless is very fast. When he gets on his computer this connection becomes sketchy to none. I have changed channels from 1 to 11 to 6 and 6 is the best so far. However, I still have the same problem. Lack of consistent connectivity. Do I keep trying the different channels or am I too far away for this to work properly or do I need to reconfig the setup in some way? I did buy and install the higher gain antennae. Somewhat better but, nothing to write home about. Any thoughts?

Sony Vaio- XP Media Edition pro-Pentium D
Compaq - XP Pro-Pentium 4

Answer:Linksys wrt54g v 2.2/Netgear wg 311 v 2

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First off... I hate AOL, always have, always will, but the person I am helping refuses to get rid of it because they think it is more "convienent" than a real ISP.

Anyhow, this person has AOL broadband and wanted to add a wireless network to his home. Ok no big deal, we get a Linksys WRT54G since I know he does not have a router or anything beyond the XP SP2 firewall.

So I first try setting it up like I would on a regular network, but of course it wont authenticate with AOL.

Then I decide to forget trying to secure the desktop computer, threw a second NIC in the computer and tried to configure ICS. Well I tested it, and ICS is working and packets are getting routed. The problem is the AOL creates a hidden PPP WAN miniport that I can not use ICS over (does not show up in Network Connections except for a brief second when connecting or disconnecting). So the computer is routing from one NIC to the other like it should with ICS on, but it is not using the AOL connection. So basically it does not work.

Any suggestions? I think if I could turn ICS on on the PPP WAN Miniport (I'm guessing this is just the PPoE driver) that it would work, but with it hidden I don't see that happening easily.

Answer:Broadband AOL and Linksys WRT54G

AOL is really not uniform in this regard. it really depends on who is providing the actual DSL connection.

Sometimes you can use regular PPPoE on the router or miniport on XP like:

[email protected]/password

if the dsl provider have them statically routed to the aol edge device then you would peobably need to auth with america online/no password, yes there is a space.

some routers don't like the space, some routers like linksys have firmware you can download that will actually include aol dsl as an option alongside pppoe/pptp/heart/ et cetera.

don't ask me how i know this.

also is you have 9.0 SE you could probably use port magic to automatically do this for you IF ITS A NEW NETWORK. if it's a pre-existing network, it will mess it up.

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If not, is there a 3rd party firmware that can do it? Hows the configuration like?

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Hello there, Im looking for help for seting up a pair of wrt54g routers with my laptop. So this is the problem:

I have a Laptop with wifi that I setup to obtain an IP and DNS automatically in the properties of the connection.

I have a wrt54g in my home and another wrt54g at my office, their gateways for Internet are: home: and office: My problem is that everytime that I move from my home to my office or viceversa I have to set up the default gateways of my laptop MANUALLY to or, so I want to know what I have to do to change the default gateways on my laptop automatically without setting up manually.
Note.- I enabled DHCP in my routers, so the IPs are assigend automatically to the laptop.
Thanks in advance!!!

Answer:Please help me with a wrt54g Linksys router!!!

first let start with
both routers should be static at best set to as default gateway
disable dhcp all connected machines on this lan should have the numbers start after last digit 1
IE: to 255 you can leave dynamic if thats what your provider needs a with dhcp disabled the router and connected machines will not change address's
you don't say how many machine are on each router but should not matter
they to routers are not connected by a cat 5e cable but your trying to connect via wan internet
you need to set up a vpn config
routers have to be able to do this or try link 1
link 2
client software I have not used it
the ip number you need is the isp wan address should see this in status of router
this is the address to connect to other machine

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Hey, I have been seeing a lot of people who have been having the same problem that I am having. My Xbox is saying that I have a "strict" NAT setting and I do not know how to fix it. Like I said, a lot of people on Xbox LIVE and have a WRT54G have been having this problem.

I have tried numerous things and nothing has worked. If someone could help me out it would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any technical questions to ask me I am all ears.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G & XBox 360

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I am using a Linksys Router, (WRT54G), and a Linksys PCI Card, (WMP54G). On my old PC I was running XP PRO, on my new one, I'm running XP Home SP2. I took the wireless card from my old PC and installed it on my new one, loaded all the same drivers but I cannot get it to connect. I see the signal strength, but when I try to connect to it, I can't. I've tried both letting windows configure my wirless connections and letting the Linksys utility do it. Neither will work. Just to make sure I wasn't crazy, I took the card out of my new PC and put it back in my old PC and it worked just fine. Do I need to maybe upgrade the firmware on my router to accomidate SP2??? Please help....

Answer:Linksys WRT54G issues with XP SP2?

Hello SybERkrimInAL and welcome to TECHSPOT!!

One: Windows XP Service Pack 2 sucks, it is very strict base on the setting and drivers. Put your wireless PCI card in ur new computer, wait until your Windows finish load everythings, uninstall the Microsoft Driver for Wireless and install your Retail driver. should work from now on.

Two: Make sure your internet or incoming cable or plug stay off the WAN. plug it in #1 instead WAN.

Three: Maybe you should upgrade your firmware, but not yet, if you are willing to format your new computer, install the SP1 first then try it out to see if it works.


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I have a LinkSYS WRT54G Cable Router...CANNOT get it working for the life of me! i work in I.T. as a technical support agent and it has baffled me! ive checked all the setting on the router config page! all working fine, done a factory reset and tried it again! pressed the button the front of the router, all the cables are plugged in fine as i used it at an old address perfectly!it picks up a wired network fine but no internet!not using it wireless to any other pcs's as i only have one pc, but i am getting an xbox 360 and want it wireless to that (not worried about that yet though!)anyone have any advise for me PLEEEAASSSEEE!!!!Thanks

Answer:LinkSys WRT54G - Not Working...

If any firewalls are installed on the PCs, uninstall them.This includes Zone Alarm, Sygate, Kerio, Norton Internet Security, Zero Knowledge Freedom, Cisco VPN Client, F-Secure, McAfee Firewall, Trend Micro, etc.In many cases, disabling the firewall is not enough; you have to actually uninstall it. Do not install or re-install the firewall until after you have the system functioning properly

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I just moved to a person's basement. He has DSL connected with PPPOE. I set up my router on his connection so I can get the Internet on my computer downstairs.

It seems to work except for the fact that some sites work while others won't. MSN Messenger refuses to connect, microsoft sites in general are slow, there are some other sites that I can't seem to connect to either, like my bank's online banking or my university's email service.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance

Answer:Linksys WRT54G Problems, Help please!

If you weren't connected behind a router, do those sites you mentioned work fine?

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Well im on the only thing i dont like about this router compared to my D-link. On the D-link you can set up a static IP to a certain MAC address while DHCP is on. I have friends come over and what not that want an IP fast. And they are too stupid to set up a static IP. So what im wondering is if there is a way for my NIC to always get the same address from the router based on my MAC without having to totally set up static networking. The reason i need this is because i need ports forwarded for some programs, but if my IP changes i have to do a lot of work to reset them all.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G static IP

for static dhcp based off mac you have to use a third party firmware. such as dd-wrt.

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I have a win7 pc that has been using a linksys wrt54g router to an ISP cable modem. Has worked for about a year with no problems. Suddenly, my wifi has died. I cant connect through the linksys and I cant see wifi using my iphone.

I tried to connect to the router on ports 1-4 using the ip address but all I get is "local area connection doesn't have a valid ip configuration"

So, do we think think the router has died? I tried to power it off and on and did the reset for 30 sec but still no help.

I also tried to connect straight to the router using my XP laptop but nothing...

Any ideas?

Answer:linksys wrt54g problems

I have the exact same router. I'm running 3 systems with Seven, one with XP, one with Vista, 3 iPod touch devices a Nintendo Wii and 2 networked printers. Zero problems. Most are on the WiFi, only my file server is direct-connect.

Sounds a little like the router has just crashed. Doesn't happen very often but it does happen. Try a hard-reset using the recessed reset button on the back. If, after that, you can't even connect to it with a cable directly then yeah ... yer probably looking at a dead unit.


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Is 802.11g fast enough to stream IPTV? If yes, how?

Thanks all.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G & IPTV

802.11g has a nominal data transfer speed of 54Mbps, although in practice it is likely to be closer to 30Mbps. Unless you have an internet connection of 20Mbps or more, the limitations of 802.11g aren't going to impact on your internet download speeds.

In any case, you can test for your self by comparing performance with a "wired" ethernet connection to your router, which will run at 100Mbps.

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I've recently got a Linksys WRT54G so that I could connect my step-dads computer and mine together so I could have access to the internet. Unfortunatly, my step-dad does his banking over the internet, and he is concerned about people connecting to the wireless router and hacking his bank account.

what is the most secure way to set up the wireless network? and would that protection be any good against people trying to hack in?


Answer:Linksys WRT54G Security

BRAVO! You asked and you're concerned.

In short YES you need encryption and NOT the WEP kind -- WPA or WPA2 are

Let's chat re online security with banking.

1) the Bank will use HTTPS:// on its url; this is an encrypted link from the
browser to the bank.

2) ALL your systems should be running a firewall

3) the Wireless WPA security sets between your router and the wireless user/browser.

4) your systems will then reject foreign users attempting to access your
LAN, and thus not get access to File Shares, user files, and/or User cookies.

If you have Firefox, set the preferences to Clear Private Data upon exit
and then after a Banking session, QUIT the browser or at least use
Tools->Clear Private Data.

If you visit a HOTSPOT, NEVER perform any banking transactions or let your
Pop3 Email Client access your email on the ISP. Instead, use the Webemail
from your ISP.

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I cannot connect my R61i using gets through everything except the last step, "waiting for IP configuration".  I can connect my older laptop to the same router using the same security, the Lenovo just doesn't work.  I downloaded everything I could find remotely associated with this from the Lenovo page. Does this Lenovo not operate under WPA/TKP or am I doing something dumb??? Any help would be appreciated. thanks, donnyboy

Answer:Using WPA/TKIP with Linksys WRT54G

Maybe try uninstalling Access Connections and let Windows handle the connection.

______________________________________________________T60 2623-D7U, 3 GB Ram. Dual boot XP and Linux Mint.T400 2765-T7U Windows 7Registered Linux User #160145FYI: I am not employed by Lenovo

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Well the model of my linksys is in the title so If you need It have a look at the title, so what I wanted to know was, what exactly does resetting my router do (be as detailed as possible) Is It hard to reset a router? and do you think that in my case resetting is necessary.

I forgot my wpa key, also my default password Is not "admin" I'm pretty sure I changed it after I got my router.

Answer:Resetting my linksys WRT54G

Pressing the reset button on the back of the router for about five seconds will reset the router to the factory default state as described in the manual:

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Hi. My roommates and I recently set up a wireless network with the aforementioned router and have been having some strange difficulties. First off, only the person who set up the network has been able to connect to it. Secondly, not only can I (or my other 2 roommates) not connect to this network, it does several screwy things when we try. First of all, in the wireless connections box, in the top left corner when I attempt to connect, it will come up with "Not Connected" however, in the paragraph it describing the network it will say "You are currently connected to this network" and I don't have a connect option at the bottom, I have disconnect. Secondly, when I attempt to connect to the network, after failing, I will be unable to connect to any network at all until I restart my computer. I have been using the free wireless from the burrito place below me, and if I attempt to connect to it after having attempted to connect to our network, I am unable. Anyways, what should I do? Anybody know a quick fix here? Just let me know what information you need.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G Problem, Please Help!

I'm going to repost this in Networking, not sure which it belongs in.

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I am currently using a basic DSL Modem to access the Internet. It is connected to a WRT54G Router with long range antennas and my current V5/6 with dd-wrt works like a dream for multiple users. All connection is via WIFI except a VoIP unit plugged into one of the Router ports. All of this has proven reliable and works very well.

I am interested in replacing only the DSL Modem with ATT LTE hotspot(?) like Sierra 754S or NetGear 781S by using a mini USB to LAN adaptor cable to connect to the router.and program off the hotspot built-in WIFI output. These units will accept MIMO higher gain antennas and should work well in this hilly area.

I have contacted a number of so called tech support folks and I might as well have been speaking in French.
It makes perfect sense to me to simply want a modem replacement which gets it's Internet access from cell towers. I can only find "enterprise" boxes at absurd prices that seem (?) to have this capability. Am I crazy? What am I missing here. One thing I do see clearly with specifications that are incomplete and visible connectors, etc, not described anywhere in so called specifications, is that this is all about marketing and a
concept push as to how these and similar products should be used..

I would appreciate any experience or information on this. I can't understand why this is not a typical or standard application. Many folks are set up with good routers? Thank you/

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I will be moving to a house that will be on charter 30Mbps with voip phone. House is 2 stories and over 2600 and pretty long because the 2nd floor only covers less than half of the 1st floor.
Wireless devices wont be doing much heavy lifting, just browsing the web and such.

So my question is will my old wrt54g work fine here or will I see a huge difference by getting one of those dual band gigabit routers as far as wifi signal range and bandwidth bottlenecking?


Answer:will a linksys wrt54g be good enough here?

My WRT54GL maxed out at about ~35Mbps using the latest Tomato firmware. It should do fine. I upgraded to an Edgemax Lite as my edge device and just use the WRT54GL as an access point now.

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I come home tonight and my router appears to be dead. I've hit the reset button and tried it in many different outlets in the house and I don't get any power lights coming on.

I'm assuming she's dead...? Probably due to a crappy surge protector which I just found out seems to have short in the cord. The surge protector is now in the trash.

Any other options to troubleshoot or am I resolved to buy a new router tomorrow?

Suggestions on a new router?


Answer:Linksys WRT54G won't power up

depending on the version some of them had faulty power supplies

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I have a WRT54Gv5 router that was on my older XP box for a long time. Worked great, no complaints. I got a new Vista computer and set everything up. I can get on the internet just fine, both hardwired and wireless.

I am trying to set up a static IP for port fowarding. But, I cant log into the router. the default gateway in IPConfig is - as it has always been. when I enter that address, I get the standard 'cannot display webpage' from ie, just as if I was not connected at all. I pinged the router, and did get replies.

I am about to lose my damn mind. Help?

Answer:Help loggin into Linksys WRT54G

Try typing in see if that works then 1.3 and so on, if not try resetting your router !

Rusty !

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Okay, yes this is a four year old router that sucks balls but i'm to cheap to by a new router.
so i hacked it with dd-wrt and every thing was fine ran into a few problems reset the router and continued to work fine but dd-wrt was getting a little out dated so grabbed the latest files and went to install and thats were the problems started. it went to do a restart and the power light started blinking as normal boot up but it hasen't stopped tried changing to t10 halfduplex still nothing. any ideas would be great

Edit: i have also done the 30/30/30 with no luck

Answer:Linksys WRT54G Reset

i will move to networking, you may get more response there

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I cannot connect my R61i using gets through everything except the last step, "waiting for IP configuration".  I can connect my older laptop to the same router using the same security, the Lenovo just doesn't work.  I downloaded everything I could find remotely associated with this from the Lenovo page. Does this Lenovo not operate under WPA/TKP or am I doing something dumb??? Any help would be appreciated. thanks, donnyboy

Answer:WPA/TKIP with Linksys WRT54G

Do you have Intel or Thinkpad wireless inside your R61i? Figure out which you have and then go to and download and install the latest driver. See if the driver update fixes your WPA problem. If it does not, update the firmware on the Linksys router. Go to and follow the instructions for updating your router.

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Hi. My roommates and I recently set up a wireless network with the aforementioned router and have been having some strange difficulties. First off, only the person who set up the network has been able to connect to it. Secondly, not only can I (or my other 2 roommates) not connect to this network, it does several screwy things when we try. First of all, in the wireless connections box, in the top left corner when I attempt to connect, it will come up with "Not Connected" however, in the paragraph it describing the network it will say "You are currently connected to this network" and I don't have a connect option at the bottom, I have disconnect. Secondly, when I attempt to connect to the network, after failing, I will be unable to connect to any network at all until I restart my computer. I have been using the free wireless from the burrito place below me, and if I attempt to connect to it after having attempted to connect to our network, I am unable. Anyways, what should I do? Anybody know a quick fix here? Just let me know what information you need.

Answer:Linksys WRT54G Problem, Please Help!

You're right this should be in Networking

OK, in answer to the question about it only saying disconnect even though it says you're not connected - don't worry - it happens to me and I have the same router!

Are all the PCs IPs set to auto?
Have you tried resetting the router with the button on the back?

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I have my desktop setup with this router and it works well. I just bought another desktop for office work and would also like to network it to my system. My question is instead of using another RJ45 cable can I use a NETGEAR WG111 USB adapter for a wireless connection. Thanks

Answer:Solved: Linksys WRT54G

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Hi , I have a bluray player that I want to get internet to that is downstairs. I would like to use my old Linksys WRT54g ver 2 router to do this. I just put DD-WRT firmware on it. I have a Linksys E1000 as my primary router. All I want to do is be able to to put the Secondary router (WRT54G) downstairs near the bluray player and run an ethernet cable from the lan port on the router to the ethernet port on the bluray player to get internet access. What is the best way to do this? Client bridge or Client mode? Step by step instructions would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Want to you use my old Linksys WRT54g ver 2 as a bridge


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I have a question for you guys: I used to have a US Robotics USR805416 802.11g Wireless Turbo PCI Adapter and a WRT54G linksys router. Although the connection wasnt always great ( resulting in disconnections etc ) I coult connect to the internet. The PCI adapter broke down and I just bought a new adapter but this time from a different brand ( hoping it would work a bit better -_- ). This was a D-Link 520+ PCI adapter.

Now I installed the software that was included with the card and a get a weak connection to my router ( like I used to get with my USR card ). The only difference is that now I can't connect with the internet
This is extremely frustrating knowing that this new card cost me 50 EUR and I don't feel like buying another one unless necessary.

The distance between the router and the adapter is kinda big but I notice that the antenna of the D-Link adapter is exactly the same as the USR.

I am completely clueless and I hope you guys can help me a hand here.
Oh yeah. P.S. I'm using Windows ME atm (yeah yeah I know it sucks...)

Thanks in advance!

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After I moved all of the stuff from my old house, I brought my old XP computer and put in my room. My Vista is in the living room. I wanted to connect the XP computer to the Internet but I have DSL so I cant connect it directly. I borrowed a Linksys WRT54G ver. 6 from my friend and I was wondering if I could find a way to use Tomato on it. Thanks in advance for all the help

Answer:Tomato on Linksys WRT54G ver. 6

With all due respect, WTF is Tomato?


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I am trying to use a second WRT54G router that I have on hand as a WAP. I want it to connect to my main router (which is also a WRT54G), and access the internet so that I can use DirecTV's OnDemand functionality.

I have done everything imaginable to try to make this work and still cannot get my DVR to connect to the internet. I am making a connection to my main router. My DTV receiver shows me that I'm making that connectivity, but when trying to connect to the internet, it consistently fails.

I have opened up ports 80 and 8080 on Port Triggering on the main router as I have seen recommended in DTV's tech forum logs. I have ensured that my second router (the one I'm using as a WAP) has a completely different IP address than my main router. I have plugged them together and successfully "cascaded" them. I have set all of the IP setting on the DTV receiver to be the default settings for my network, including DNS.

I'm not sure what else to do. The fact that I can connect to the network tells me that I've got the connectivity set up properly. I'm guessing at this point, the problem lies in the main router and something that is blocking the second router from getting to the internet.

Any ideas???


Answer:Using Linksys WRT54G as WAP for DirecTV

You said that you are using the second router as a WAP, but you've also said that you have cascaded them. Does the second router have an AP mode, and that's what you're using? The "universal" way to use a router as a WAP is as follows.

JohnWill's procedure (Aug. 30, 2008) for configuring a secondary router as a switch and, optionally, wireless access point follows.

Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address, for another router, etc.

Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there i... Read more

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I have two PC's that connect to a Linksys WRT54G router.
One of the PC's was online and I think it got hacked.
The hacker got in through the wireless connection in the router.
I removed all PC's from connecting to the router and what I found is that the internet light flashes for traffic. Is this just standard internet traffic or is someone using the router? Is there anyway I can tell any IP addresses using the router?
Is DHCP more secure than static?
The safety measures I took was to enable the "Wireless MAC filter", which won't get me very far. Tomorrow I'm going to look at using WPA but I just wondered if anyone had any suggestions?


Answer:Linksys WRT54G security

Static is not necessarily more secure, but that way you can limit the range of PCs that can connect to only those that the router allows. The MAC-filter does the same, and is an extra security that you should definitely use.
You MUST activate the firewall in your router (if it has one) and set it to "Stealth" mode if possible. On top of that you need to install a software firewall on each PC, as well as AV-software.
Browse to and see how secure your PC is.

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A friend gave me a Linksys WRT54G wireless router. They had it in use for quite some time before it was given to me. I'm now trying to set it up, however when I use 'Admin' for the user name and password the router is not granting me access. It has been some time since the person used it and they cannot remember if the created a password. Is there any way to restore factory settings so that I may reconfigure the router?

Answer:Linksys WRT54G troubles

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Just bought the linksys wrt54g wireless router. All the LAN connected PCs work fine. The configuration on my laptop works fine too. My problem, i often have to on my PC to enable the wireless signal so that my laptop can be used. But most of the time, after i have selected the saved the settings, the LED for wireless signal will not light up. I tried accessing the config page and try all over again. The config show that the wireless signal is enabled, but not the LED light. I try using my laptop to access the network, but cant find the signal. So i unplug and connect back the power cord for the router, then the LED light up.

Is it a firmware problem or hardware problem? Have anyone experience this?

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