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Linksys WRT54G2 V1 suddenly stopped working

I have a Linksys WRT54G2 V1 and was working just fine till it randomly just stopped. All port lights are on, internet light is on, power light is barely lit, and the wifi light is off. The light stay on even if I removed all the port and internet cables. I tried to power cycle and reset but no change. I change power source and power adapter but no improvement. My computer doesn't even detect the router's wifi or direct connection to communicate, cannot access the router interface. I wasn't updating the firmware, just using the router via port.

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  • Larry Ng
    Larry Ng Jul 13, 2021

    it ran for 13 years, kinda amazing no?
    I guess you did not test the Ethernet ports first? P>>>Ethernet cable.>>> WRT54
    do that test first or wifi, has no hope, (as we say first things first)

    if yes the router part and your modem is good and ISP has not shut you down., 1 test 3 answers, bam.
    amazing no?

    so the wifi WRT light is out, that means its DISABLEd. (or worse, networking is dead, see above test)

    the manual for the router is free to see and read 24/7
    the router is reset 3 ways,

    1: the button marked rest for 1 second push, this is soft reset,
    2: long reset 5Sec+, do not do the long reset or all configurations and the wifi credentials you set up day one 13 years ago (lol) are gone.....
    3: or just pull the powerpack to the router 54 and put it back 1min. later,


    to see why the LED is off you must find the routers IP address.
    the default address new was, 192.168.1.1 (unless changed by you, < this is the 54G web page setups
    UN: blank ( day 1 new user name "empty")
    PW: Admin.

    many routers like this are dead( WIFI DEAD) now, due to AGE FACTORS.

    page 14 (10 real) covers wifi setup. (use IE11 to do setups, as others can fail)
    https://www.manualslib.com/manual/254051...


    learn this, new PCs flat hate accessing any old router due to new rules on Certificates that did not exist 13 years ago.

    it can be very painful, lacking experience doing the setups.
    BROWSER PAINS and cures.
    I use IE11, and click ignore 3 times... pain 1.
    I use Firefox and fails, v84
    I use Firefox, v20 portable ( a relic that loves old routers)
    try Chrome. older the better
    EDGE has no chance.
    that is the pain of using old routers. now.

    Id up grade the router, sure would.

    i just ripped out my neighbors 54G, (it had problems , going to sleep random)AGE related.
    https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Dual-Band-Su...

    or go to a REAL ACCESS POINT

    UniFi 6 Lite Access Point × 1 (I have one here) hard wired to my Ethernet router, 1 cable.
    fast WIFI like you've never seen before.

  • Anonymous Jul 13, 2021

    buy an Ethernet cable first and connect it up, learn to test thePC to router to ISP , for full usage first.
    This is called testing the Gateway to the www internet first.
    if that fails test the Modem (ISPs) next to PC using the same cable,. if this works and router does not the router is toasted. or the ISP needs to setup your router again ask them.



    if all that works , the wifi part of the router is now dead. from 13 years being on.

    here are the full steps, short.
    buy a real Ethernet cable go broke $15 @ 15feet? a buck a foot, 2 RJ45 conns on each end male.
    even sold at walmart, it;s just a tool, and if you called a service tech, you see him do this first or after power resets. ethnernet must work first.

    1; test PC using Ethernet to router, same. must work good. to the web.
    2: if fail that .move the cable from PC to modeml direct, it must work to the web.
    3: if not reset both modem and router using the pull both power packs and put them back. (AC power pulled)
    4: still fails and modem too, well that modem is there, as is your ISP WWW connections.
    5: call them say your modem fails. (it is their modem) (in my case it is mine but that is me, bad boy)
    6: once the modem works (thanks to ISP) help. connect the router, for sure power reset.
    7: if the router fails now, it is bad.
    8: if you are brave (I am) do the long reset on the router, 10 second push power is on.
    9: ;the router is back to factory settings and lots of things to setup like day one new.
    10: modem works and router works at the ethernet ports and only wifi fails, then do not do #8
    11: wifi only dead you need to see your wifi settings @ 192.168.1.1, (if not changed by you or others)

    if settings are good and wifi is dead, play the RIP song. retire it to the LEAD Pb ROHS recycle center.

    my posts assume you know your wifi credentials.
    SSID name
    WPA2
    pass phrase.

    but wifi LED is dead . I use cell phone to test my wifi too, and a laptop, never just one thing tired, or fail you will.

    what is only the LED was bad,,,, LOL

  • Anonymous Jul 13, 2021

    call geek squad,
    or learn to do the tests.
    or upgrade time (for SURE)

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Disconnect the power to it, wait 5 minutes and power back on.

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