Linksys WRT54GS 7.2 DD-WRT Mod

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In this guide I will show you how to mod your Linksys wrt54gs ver. 7.2 router. This will enable you to be able to use the DD-WRT firmware, which will allow many other functions for your router.  In essence this will turn a cheap router, into a very expensive router.

This hacked router will contain many advanced features that only expensive routers such as Cisco may carry. Some of these features include dnsmasq, vpn, radius and many other great features.  Even if you have no need for all these features, the average user will benefit since the dd-wrt firmware will also increase your wifi signal. To begin the installation of the dd-wrt firmware, you will first need to download a few programs:

Linksys WRT54GS 7.2 Router

After you have downloaded the programs above, you now need to set static ip on your address. By default on your Linksys wrt54gs router your default gateway will be 192.168.1.1. Learn how to set a static ip address on windows based pc. As you can see in the window below from the ipconfig command I ran, you will see that I have set my ip address to 192.168.1.10.

Cmd Ipconfig

After you have set a static ip address, open a web browser and type in your default gateway address for you Linksys router, this should be 192.168.1.1  Once the router’s gui open up, login using the username: admin and password: admin. As soon as you log into your router configuration screen, click on the firmware upgrades window.  Once you are inside the firmware upgrade window, upload the vxworkskillerGSv7-v3.bin file.

After you have uploaded the vxworkskillerGSv7-v3.bin file your router should automatically reboot. After the router reboots, open up the Tftp program and upload the dd-wrt.v24-micro_generic.bin file, as seen below.  This upload could take up to ten minutes for the file upload successfully.

Brothersoft Tftp Client

After waiting about 5 - 10 minutes, you can go ahead a try login into your Linksys router, which is now using the dd-wrt firmware.  If you ever want to revert back to the stock firmware that your Linksys wrt54gs router was supplied with, upload the vxworksrevert-GSv7-v3.bin file.  For more information on the DD-WRT firmware, you won’t be disappointed!

DD-WRT Linksys WRT54GS

11 Responses to Linksys WRT54GS 7.2 DD-WRT Mod

  • Gloria Hester says:

    Hi, I have Linksys WRT54G ver.6, and decided to upgrade the firmware. I downloaded the newest version from Linksys website and continued as described, through upgrade firmware page, I selected the bin file I previously downloaded and pressed the button. After waiting for some time I noticed that the page froze and I restarted the router to see that I cannot access the admin page on 192.168.1.1. I did hard reset but to no avail. I have internet access, and I can ping the router but cannot access the admin page. When I type the browser gives me “Connection Interrupted” error.
    What could be wrong?
    Appreciate your help… Thanks

  • Amie Wolken says:

    I have a question about my Linksys WRT54G router. About two to three months ago it started acting up that if the power would go out or I would unplug it. That it would not sync up to the cable modem. Then I would have to reset the Linksys back to default and reprogram the settings. I then did some research and found out about DD-WRT. I though what do I have to loose so I uploaded it to my router and to my surprise it works even if it looses power. Everything has been going good but I notice that the wireless is not to steady. I run the program called inSSIDer which is awesome by the way, and while running it I can watch my wireless signal drop off and on very very fast and does it about every 30 sec. I have gone in and tried changing the channel with no luck and it seems like I have the best of luck on channel 11 in my neighborhood. So I’m wondering do you think its time to replace my Linksys with something else? If so what would you recommend? When I bought this Linksys years ago all I had was one desktop hardwired and a laptop on wireless. But now I have a Desktop (Wired), Laptop (Wired/Wireless), PS3 (Wired), Directv Receiver (Wired), Desktop that is acting as a media server (Wired), Print Server (Wired), and lastly a iPod Touch (Wireless). I also do a lot of internet radio streaming and also broadcast music from my media server to my iPod Touch over the internet when not at home, and also do a remote desktop connection to my media server from my laptop.
    I have been looking at the D-Link DIR-655 and the DIR-855 routers which seem pretty good. Well I cant wait to hear back from you guys and if you have any other questions don’t hesitate to write back.

  • Loretta Neale says:

    how far can the LINKSYS WRT54G signal go because i want to buy one so i can get on the inter net with my wii which well by abot 3o feet away from the LINKSYS WRT54G

  • Marcie Thach says:

    I’m trying to connect my Dell Inspiron 2200 Laptop to my Linksys WRT54GS router. I am not able to connect it wirelessly, while the wired connection is fine (currently using it). I have previously used the wireless network with this exact router but it will not function properly as of now. The laptop does have a 802.11 b/g wireless internet card installed and it has functioned properly in the past. What must I do to have the Laptop recognize the network, is there another problem?

  • Margery Degarmo says:

    for some reason, my modem wont hand the IP to my router, its like the cable isnt sending any data, its not my computer or anything, and im using factory settings, but my modem wont let my router get to the internet. it works fine when i plug in to the modem directly, but i have 4 other computers who depend on the wireless network, only the linksys router wont connect to the internet, so its kinda useless. any idea on what i should do? i tried usind deferent cables, but nobody can get online if they use the router, wired or wireless. i have no idea what i should do or whare to start

  • Abbey Spencer says:

    Im trying to setup my linksys wireless g wrt54gs router. On the setup wizard, it keeps saying ” The router is unable to connect to the internet. Try turning your cable/dsl modem off and back on again. Would you like to try again?. We just got at&t dsl. I first had it setup as DHCP, and that didnt work. Now i tried PPPOE, and used the info that i made with at&t’s installer. That doesnt work either. I hate at&t and they suck, dsl sucks, cable was much easier, just hooked up a coaxial cable to a surfbord (moto) and off you were! someone please help me with this problem.

    Thanks JamesP

  • Amy Lemaster says:

    How to configure Linksys WRT 54GS Wireless router using 256 Kbps ADSL connection. I am having three PC’s which is to be connected via wired switch port in the router itself and a Wireless connection using DHCP service. Explain in detail.

  • Alejandra Fleishman says:

    How to configure Linksys WRT 54GS Wireless router using 256 Kbps ADSL connection. I am having three PC’s which is to be connected via wired switch port in the router itself and a Wireless connection using DHCP service. Explain in detail.

  • Annette Cutter says:

    Can people see my history from my router linksys wrt54gs if I left the settings on default?

  • Deborah Holliday says:

    so, i have a speedstream 5100 connected to a linksys wrt54g. frequently it will not let me connect to the internet via wifi, but it always works over Ethernet. the only times it works over the wireless network is when i reset both the router and the modem, but even then it only works for about three hours. i also have a wireless repeater, the wre54g.

    any ideas?
    thanks

  • Desmarais says:

    Im trying to setup my linksys wireless g wrt54gs router. On the setup wizard, it keeps saying ” The router is unable to connect to the internet. Try turning your cable/dsl modem off and back on again. Would you like to try again?. We just got at&t dsl. I first had it setup as DHCP, and that didnt work. Now i tried PPPOE, and used the info that i made with at&t’s installer. That doesnt work either. I hate at&t and they suck, dsl sucks, cable was much easier, just hooked up a coaxial cable to a surfbord (moto) and off you were! someone please help me with this problem.

    Thanks JamesP

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