Replacing the Firmware on the Linksys WRT54G V8

I have a Linksys WRT54G router and I want to do more with it than the original firmware allows. The key to this is replacing the firmware with a beefed up version. The first step will be identifying a new firmware and DDWRT it is. After looking through various router replacement firmwares I found that the best choice is going to be DDWRT.

What you should know before beginning 

  • Review the DDWRT Wiki
  • Use IE to flash, firefox has known issues, and use http not https
  • Before & after each flash a hard-reset needs to be performed
    • While router is on, press & hold reset button on back for 30 seconds
    • Keep button held down while unplugging power and wait 30 more seconds while still holding down reset button
    • Keep button held down while plugging power back in for another 30 seconds

From DDWRT: V24 preSP2 Beta Build 13064 (check the DDWRT site for updates)

  1. Hard Reset
  2. Linksys CFE-Updater.bin – CFE-Updater-Gv8-GSv7-v3.bin
  3. Hard Reset
  4. VXWorks-killer : WRT54G v8.0 and v8.2 – vxworkskillerGv8-v3.bin
  5. Hard Reset
  6. VXWorks-revert : WRT54G v8.0 and v8.2 – vxworksrevert-Gv8-v3.bin
  7. Hard Reset
  8. Micro Generic – dd-wrt.v24_micro_generic.bin
  9. Hard Reset
  10. Micro Generic – dd-wrt.v24_micro_olsrd_generic.bin
  11. Hard Reset
  12. TFTP-Client for Windows – tftp.exe

If all goes well you will end up with the following DDWRT interface.

DDWRT Interface

DDWRT Interface

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