router page shows gibberish

Linksys Wrt54g2 wireless-g broadband rou...
January 26, 2011 at 17:25:24
Specs: Windows 7, AMD 64/4gb
I tried to upgrade my linksys wrt54g2 firmware, and now when I try to access the default gateway of all I get is a page of gibberish. Example bellow:

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I don't know how to get it back to normal, and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.

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January 26, 2011 at 20:28:45
Seems the firmware upgrade didn't go according to plan. The fact the the router is responding to would indicate that there is nothing seriously wrong.

First thing I would do is to power cycle the router and see if that cures it.

If not then try a factory reset. You can do that by inserting a paper clip into the reset hole at the rear and holding it for around five seconds with the power applied. After doing this you will need to reconfigure the router but the default settings should be enough to get you started.

Failing that the only other option is to attempt another firmware upgrade. Make absolutely sure that you have the right file for the router.


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January 27, 2011 at 07:14:01
Thanks for the help Stuart. I tried power cycling and the factory reset but neither worked. I want to try another firmware upgrade but when I log into the router all I get is the gibberish I pasted earlier. I can't access anything or make any changes. Is there a way to upgrade the firmware via a by-pass?

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January 27, 2011 at 07:38:43
I wouldn't hold out too much hope.

Typically with any electronic device if you screw up a firmware upgrade, you've just made yourself a paperweight.

Since that's a Linux based router, there is a slim chance you can fix it but you'll have to contact Linksys' support and ask them because if there is, it'll be from the command prompt.

I suspect you'll be buying a new router to be dead honest.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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January 27, 2011 at 07:45:16
I would contact Lynksys and ask them if there is a solution.

They may have a tool that allows you to upgrade the firmware without without actually logging onto the router. There is no technical reason why it cannot be done providing the router is responding to the address.


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