Wrt54g

WRT54 Upgrade / Install Instructions

  1. Power up the WRt54G
    • WRT54G version 1 takes 5 volts.
    • All other WRT54G, WRT54GS and WRT54GL take 12 volts. They will probably run on 5 or 9 volts…
    • Models of WRT54GS 5.0 through 8.0 have less internal memory resources and will not work as MESH nodes.
  2. Get Root Access
    • Login - browse to default IP address: 192.168.1.1 Username is EMPTY and default password is admin
    • Cold Reset the device if necessary to gain system access
  3. Verify the Admin Web page is available at http://192.168.1.1
  4. Get the appropriate binary image from the Yahoo Group files section: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NW-MESH/files/Firmware%20-%20WRT-54G/v0.4.3-063a/
    • openwrt-wrt54g-2.4-squashfs.bin for WRT54G / WRT54GL
    • openwrt-wrt54gs-2.4-squashfs.bin for WRT54GS
    • openwrt-wrt54gs_v4-2.4-squashfs.bin for WRT54GS version 4 (it has less FLASH) -
    • openwrt-brcm-2.4-squashfs.trx for a WRT54 not running stock Linksys Firmware. (NWP. This image worked to upgrade a 'tomato' router but an older sveasoft system required the .bin image.)
  5. From the web admin interface go to admin - upgrade - and upload the binary file
    • DO NOT TOUCH IT.. Let it finished and the message 'completed' will appear. Wait a little longer to make sure.
  6. Reset your computer's TCP connection.
    • Detach Ethernet cable. Count to 5.
    • Reattach cable.
    • Run ipconfig again. The IP address on your PC/laptop, as assigned by the router, should change from 192.168.1.100 to 172.27.0.5
  7. Go to the new NW-MESH Web Interface on the WRT54 box. It will be at http://172.27.0.1:8080 The login information is account root with password h…
  8. At The Setup Page.
    • For Network ID - set it to something like your "CALLSIGN-number/name" Some use "CALLSIGN-100" Personally I use a descriptive name like CALL-mobile or CALL-home. The important thing is it must have your CALLSIGN.
    • Set the Standard NW-MESH Channel to: 1
    • Set the SSID to: NW-MESH-2412 (2412 is the frequency in MHz of Wifi channel 1.)
    • Save the changes. The device will reboot automatically in 60 seconds.

Other Information:

  • WRT54G power connector: de Brian: BGMicro has power pigtails. These are the 5.5x.2.1 plugs with work with all the WRT54G/GS/GL versions EXCEPT the WRT54Gv1.
  • HSMM-MESH WRT54G upgrade Instructions: http://www.hsmm-mesh.org/images/stories/hsmmmesh-step-by-step.pdf
  • List of Supported WRT54G hardware
    • WRT54G Versions 1, 2, 3, 4
    • WRT54GS Version 1, 2, 3
    • WRT54GL Versions 1, 1.1
  • Hardware with only 2 MB FLASH/Disk which will NOT support updated OpenWRT software.
    • WRT54G versions 5, 6, 7, 8
    • WRK54G
  • WRT54G-TM - repackaged WRT54GS v3.0 - 32MB of ram and 8mb of flash,
  • Reset WRT54G to default
    • Press the reset button for 30 seconds. The settings should now be returned to the factory default settings.
    • (I had to cycle power and renew the IP config on the PC)
    • Open up your Web browser and enter “192.168.1.1″ in the address bar. Login with a blank ID and “admin” as the password. (Newer models may use "root" as the ID.)
  • Configure WRT54G as an Access Point for an Ubiquity Bullet
    • other changes
      • Setup/Basic-Setup: Local IP address to 192.168.1.2 - for an AP with a Bullet
      • Wireless/Basic Wireless Settings: Wireless Network Mode (G-only)
        • Wireless Network Name (SSID) to something relevant like MESH-ACCESS-NWP
        • Wireless Channel : 11 - 2.462
      • Enable Wireless Admin
      • Administration/Management: Enable Remote Management
        • Set a different password
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