Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router Firmware Upgrade

Recently I have a problem where my wireless connection sometimes getting dropped. My Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router having intermittent reboot, especially when there’s a lot of connections, like when BitTorrent is running on one of my machine. I’ve figured out that maybe it’s time to upgrade my router’s firmware. The current version is the initial release version, 7.00.1. The latest firmware for WRT54G version 7 right now is 7.00.6.

The firmware upgrade process is very simple.

1. Download the latest firmware from Linksys website. For my case it’s here. Make sure you’re downloading the correct version for your router.

2. Go to the router’s GUI. It’s usually by opening http://192.168.1.1 with your web browser.

3. At the GUI, go to “Administration”, the to “Firmware Upgrade”.

4. Browse for the firmware file that you have downloaded, and then click “Upgrade”.

5. That’s it. Easy as pie. After the upgrade process completed, the router will reboots itself, and enjoy your new upgraded firmware.

Here’s the release note for version 7.00.6. It’s already been 1 hour since my upgrade process, the BitTorrent is running, and there’s no intermittent reboot or connection drops. Cool.

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11 Comments

  1. Looks like we have the same project today. I have also upgraded by WRT54G v2.2 to the latest version of DD-WRT. A post is coming up soon.

  2. hmmm..look like you all using Linksys router. I have bad experience using Linksys router. It’s easy to get strike by lightning. Maybe because i’m not using regulator…

  3. Interesting you mentioned lightning. My router has survived a bad lightning case where my Aztech modem and my cordless phone went dead. Perhaps you’re right I have a Belkin SurgeMaster – but the two FUBAR equipment was connected to it too :-(

  4. I have no lightning protector whatsoever. :( . So, in case of lightning it’s gonna hit my Streamyx modem, wireless router, or both? Better get me one of those.

  5. I suggest that you invest in a normal surge protector, not an expensive one. Modems and routers are exposed to the problem simply because they are connected to the phone line. It first hits the modem and if you’re unlucky it’ll hit the router too. In some cases only the power adapter is fried.

  6. ok i had a bad experience with belkin g wireless router. my wife disconnext (yellow light every 5 minutes)

    linksys – is it good? how much it would cost now?

  7. I like Linksys mainly because it’s from Cisco and the ability to customize it using third party firmwares.

    Nazham – since my router now also have an OpenVPN server, one day we should try connecting our routers via the Internet and play multi-player Xbox games.

  8. @ady: Yeah… let’s do that sometime.

  9. hi naz. you missed something. well some additional notes if you dont mind…

    i also read this somewhere so im sharing it.
    before you do a firmware update, make sure you have

    disconnect wireless clients

    1.BACKup,
    2.then flash your new firmware,
    3.click the factory defaults link
    wait for the power light to get solid in each step before clicking continue
    4. restore BackUp

    :)

  10. OH, here it is. i hope this could help somebody else…look at michelle’s reply

    http://mitoo.wordpress.com/2007/05/08/how-to-update-a-linksys-wrt54g-to-ver7/

    cheers…

  11. Hi James,
    Thanks for the feedback and additional notes. :)

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