Linksys Router

Dell Inspiron 1545
April 12, 2010 at 11:01:15
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional sp3, 1.995 GHz / 3032 MB
A few monthts ago I was upgradeing the firmware on a linksys WRT54G hardware version 8. I cannot remember what version firmware I downloaded but it was the correct one. Now the power light blinks on the router and when a ca5 5 is connected and running to my desktop the light for port 1 is on. Or whatever port it's connected to. I have tried everything I can think of resetting ipconfig/release and then /renew nothing happens. cmd > ipconfig does not show the ip to the router. It shows an ip address 169 something it is some diagnostics tool built into XP. Nothing to do with the router. When I was upgradeing the firmware it completed then said the router was rebooting. Sense then it has been like this. I read there was a way to reset it by takeing the router apart? I hope I can fix this. Maybe someone can help? Or is it just a brick now? I have a new router but would like to run dd-wrt on this one. If I brick it again I will try and fix it again.
It just seems it is not getting an IP address. The computer shows limited or no connectivity. But it is funny the light comes on for the connection port. Maybe there is an exe to fix this instead of a .bin file.
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#1
April 12, 2010 at 11:30:57
I had a problem like this a while back. I'm not sure about the router itself, but the 169.x.x.x could be caused by a DHCP/DNS problem? Not sure, but just a theory.

Have you tried any of the following:
Hardware reset on the router (the physical reset button on the router).
Try this in order: ipconfig /release, ipconfig /flushdns, ipconfig /renew.

If you're still having trouble, this thread may help.
Or try googling "ip showing 169".


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#2
April 12, 2010 at 11:53:00
You get an autoassigned ip [169.254.x.x] when set to obtain ip automatically and set to autoassigned if you don't get a dhcp server supplied ip address.

Assuming this worked before the firmware update this means the cable and computer are fine.

The default lan ip for Linksys is 192.168.1.x. I would suggest setting a static ip on your pc of 192.168.1.3 with no gateway to then see if you can access the router.

You do not repair or reset a router by taking it apart. There is a reset button that you hold in when powering up. But this only resets it to the image loaded in firmware minus any changes you may have made.

Let's hope that all this router needs is the dhcp server configured and engaged which could be why you can't access it now but should be able to one you put a static ip on your pc. Access the router at 192.168.1.1 or review the firmware documents if set differently.


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#3
April 12, 2010 at 16:58:57
The thing is the router is not booting all the way. I have 2 linksys WRT54G's I will take a picture of both and post the link. I may do a video it will explain the problem better. But as for the resetting on the back I have done that. I will also post the site where it said to take it a part and there is a way to reset it. It was on the dd-wrt site I think it was referring to a bad flash.

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#4
April 12, 2010 at 18:25:56
OK I made a video and put it up on you tube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTpQ...

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#5
April 15, 2010 at 17:02:39
Can anyone help?

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#6
April 16, 2010 at 07:51:49
It sounds to me like a bad flash. If that's the case, you're not likely to ever recover that router.

If it's the new one, and you still have the bill of sale, I'd take it back and say, "This thing isn't working right" and I'd say no more (ie: do not tell them you tried to upgrade it to a third party firmware). Let them test it if they want to and once they realize it doesn't work, they'll replace it.


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