De-bricking a Linksys WRT54G Router after failed DDWRT install

By | May 28, 2012


 
The Linksys WRT54G is starting to show its age but it is still one of my favorite routers to put DD-WRT on. I have the Linksys run with a wireless N Dlink router as a wireless bridge. It comes in very handy for this.
 
I see the WRT54G many times at the swap meet or yard sales and can pick them up cheap usually for two or three dollars. So why am I trying to debrick it when they can be found so cheaply? Mainly to see if I could do it, back in the day when the WRT54G was relatively expensive it would have made more since. Also I see in the near future to be seeing more of these routers as people upgrade to wireless N. which means I am sure I will brick more of them.
 
I have many friends that would love to go from their down stairs router to their Xbox upstairs and using a WRT54G bridged router is the cheapest way to go.
 
A Linksys WRT54G router with DDWRT or Tomato can be bought very cheaply on eBay. So for most doing this will not make since to do anymore. But if you’re like me and want to see if you can do it I will post links below on what I used.
 
Here are links to the things I used to debrick the Linksys WRT54G
 
I bought a JTAG Cable on eBay You can also build you own.
 
Here is a good tutorial.
http://www.diniro.net/fabbblog/2008/04/reflashing-a-wrt54g-with-jtag.html
 
Recover from a bad flash WIKi
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Recover_from_a_Bad_Flash
 
Have you ever bricked a router or have experience using DD-WRT and the Linksys WRT54G please leave a comment.

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12 thoughts on “De-bricking a Linksys WRT54G Router after failed DDWRT install

  1. Nelli

    ryan940June 8, 2011 I’ve got a Linksys E2000, and it gives you the ability to block secivres to select PCs on your network you could block ftp, DNS, etc. I didn’t bother to install any drivers so I’m using the basic version of the software which restricts you to 3 service blocks (wouldn’t block *all* of the internet protocols but you could take out the big ones) and the full software might give you more options. You could also try disabling TCP/IPv4 and TCP/IPv6 on the network adapter of the PC you don’t want accessing the internet not 100% sure what that will do as far as internal networking is concerned but I know the internet won’t work once you do it it looks like some other elements will still let you see other PCs on the network without those, the question is will the router still let your PC onto the network.

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    1. Web

      I hardly ever write rewievs (like someone else said) but wow, what a piece of crap this is! DO NOT BUY THIS! The setup is easy but this router is junk. It will just stop working for no reason. I don’t know if it is overheating or what. I have even tried flipping it over so the vents are facing up. It will just stop working once is a while. By once is a while I mean around 1-3 times a day. Sometimes I have to manually reset(unplug the reset button doesn’t always do it.). Other times it takes a few minutes to start working again. I had a $30 Belkin before and it lasted 2 years with no problems until the end. Once I find a good replacement I’m going to pull an Office Space on this thing.

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  2. Trey Wensman

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    1. Yeferson

      BEST SINGLE PEACE OF ELECTRONIC I’VE EVER OWNED, PERIOD!!! I SIMPLY CANNOT LIVE WITH OUT IT! IT HAS SAVED MY LIFE ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION. NO SIGNAL IN THE HOTEL, MOTEL OR GREYHOUND BUS STATION WHILE YOU’RE CLIPPING YOUR TOENAILS? BAM!!!! HOOK’ER UP AND I’M SERFIN FASTER THAN YOU CAN SAY SHUTTLECOCKINTHEHOTPOCKET. THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTION GIVES STEP-BY-STEP DETAILS ON HOW TO SET THIS BABY UP, SO THEREFORE YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THIS DEVICE, OR THE PRICE! WOOOOOOW!!! THANK YOU D-LINK!!! *two thumbs up*

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    1. Rachel

      dezman2003June 8, 2011 Bleh I can’t believe so many ppeole are recommending 3-5 year old routers just because you can flash them with dd-wrt. It’s like they learn one thing then stick with it forever. Linksys e2000 or e3000 routers fall into your price range and work very well. You could skip buying a new router and just connect an access point to your old router. We sell and install these in many business and they work beautifully. It falls within your price range.

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      1. Abdelhamid

        This arrived today, setup was very easy. Laptop is now wnorikg with the new router and I’m liking the ability to move around the house while the router stays in a place that gets the best signal. It has a feature that will disconnect from the broadband service after 60 minutes of inactivity and will reconnect on-demand when internet service is requested through a browser. So far so good next up adding the wireless PCI card to my desktop computer. I think I’ll take care of that tomorrow.

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      2. Kashitokuta

        Sorry to hear of your bad experience with DDWRT. I’ve been ruinnng it for years without any issues, and actually found it more reliable than the Linksys version (not to mention the added functionality). However, yes, I did seek out a cheap old version 2 Linksys router on Ebay so I got the full version ruinnng openvpn. Very cool.

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  4. King Arthur

    My WRT-54G has had Tomato and ddwrt on. Currently I run ddwrt Thank fully I haven’t bricked it. I use it between my house and non attached garage an it works great.

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    1. Binod

      a0a0 This review is from: E2000 Advanced Dual-Band Wireless-N Router *Refurbished* Firstly , As and other reivewer already pointed out, buying a refurbished makes a lot of sense, specially if they come with some warranty. In most cases, in my limited experience, you have to be really unlucky to get a refurbished product that is bad specially when it comes to electronics. Some useful buying advice : 1) The router supports 2.4 GHz as well as 5 GHz frequency settings, and both work fine. 2) The router works well with VPN. I use it regularly without any hangs or lagging issue. 3) I live in a 1000 sq feet apartment, and always see Signals Strength as Excellent 4) No overheating whatsoever, with heavy usage, and 4 devices connected. 5) Very stable, with no need for frequent resets. 5) Refurbished router come with a 90-days Cisco warranty. That combined with the excellent amazon return policy makes this a great deal. 6) Cisco Connect software that comes bundled with the router is very user friendly, and setup was a breeze. 7) If your cordless phone has interference issues with the router, solving the channel using advance settings solves the issue. A great performer for sure.

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      1. Trinh

        Bought a couple of these a few mohnts ago for use on work computers that were Ethernet capable only problem is that most hotels are wireless only. In bridge/adapter mode, these convert the wireless signal to Ethernet and problem was solved. Also use it to connect my satellite TV receiver to my wireless network for ordering movies vice running cables across the room 3 position switch makes it easy to switch modes and share an internet connection with others.

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      2. Roger

        The ratio of success with these units is about 1:5, menaing that for every five that we purchase, only one will function properly. I am an IT Professional and install several residential and commercial wireless systems a month and I have had great success with the previous line of Linksys Wireless Routers (WRT54G’s), but these newer Linksys/Cisco Wireless Router must have a design or a component fault. Typical Chinese junk(IMHO). Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE Cisco fan, but I’m very disappointed in this newer line of consumer grade routers now offered by Linksys/Cisco .

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