Bricked! Or, How to Resurrect a Dead Linksys WRT54G

Posted by tuxchick2 on Jul 13, 2006 4:04 PM EDT
Wi-Fi Planet; By Aaron Weiss
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One of the more exciting developments for networking enthusiasts has been the evolution of open-source firmware replacements for certain popular, inexpensive routers (usually the famed Linux-running Linksys WRT54G).

While replacement firmware offers the promise of significantly expanded features, greater customization, and mondo-tweakability, they also carry some risk. Should misfortune strike, you might - oh, let's say, render your router into a useless hunk of plastic. Or, as victims prefer to say, you could "brick it." How does a router become a brick? And if it does, is there any hope of bringing it back to life?

The short answers: "by accident" and "yes...sometimes."

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