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Die VxWorks, Die!!!

A couple of months back, I brought a Linksys WRT54G v5 wireless router. The v5 was the latest back then, and the v5 also means, you weren't able to flash the firmware (back then *snicker*).

Everything was fine for 2 weeks, and then one fine day, the router just stopped working. Cisco being all rich and mighty, just decided to replace my router. Yay, good for me. One more week later, the second new one was gone. Dead in the middle of the night when there were no power fluctuations or anything. I was quite pissed off and wanted a different brand. In the meanwhile, I got the power adapter checked and found out the adapter was blown. Ah, so that was the culprit. Got a new adapter and the router worked fine with that. Turns out that Cisco or their support personnel don't care to even check if the router is bad or the adapter is bad...you're just given a new piece. Oh and I already know of 4 other people who had similar issues with the v5's power adapter.

Right, having ranted about that above, Versions of the WRT54G until v5, were all running Linux on them. This meant that you could flash the router and install better software on it like OpenWRT or DD-WRT. When Cisco bought out Linksys, they also ensured that there was only one opensource model, the WRT54GL and that too only available in the US (off the website(s)). The rest of their lineup would run VxWorks, which is what my v5 came with.

A while back zoneee pointed me to the Vxworkskiller link on DD-WRT and then proceeded to successfully flash the only v5 we have at work...and was needling me to give it a shot...so yeah, my v5 has now been running DD-WRT v23-micro for the last 13 hours or so without any issues. Yay.


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Jul. 8th, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)
I had that issue as well!!!

My router adapter has blown up three times as well. And they replaced my modem all the three times. It blew up last week as well, so I bought a new adapter instead of using the crappy Cisco adapter - will save me a trip to the store in the future.
Jul. 8th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
Yeah. It's a known issue...seems they had a defective batch that went all over Asia :)

I did the same too, I'm not using the Cisco/Linksys adapter now.
Jul. 8th, 2006 10:26 am (UTC)
I have so far not had that problem (touch wood), but I know if it.

The issue is only with the adaptors shipped in India, the 110v ones that they ship in the USA are much sturdier. I should know, because being the lazy guy, I just used my 220v->110v convertor with the 110v unit that I got (my router was bought in the USA) and it has survived just about everything the KEB has thrown at it. :)

But I should get a non-linksys spare anyway. What did you buy, where, and how much? What rating? The original is 1.5 amp!
Jul. 8th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
What did you buy, where, and how much? What rating? The original is 1.5 amp!

Maxcon, Jayanagar 4th Block (the shop right next to Book Paradise), Rs.200 and 12V, 1A. That was the original blown adapter config too.
Jul. 8th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Did you try to make a specific complaint ?
maybe it will be useful for other people too !
Jul. 9th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
woah weird. yeah, i got the wrt54gl a few weeks ago, running dd-wrt just fine now :)
unfortunately it's $5-20 more to get the linux version, if you can even find it (like, newegg has it, but that's pretty much it).
Jul. 9th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's part of the dumbass marketing strategy. They sell the GL only in very few places and only via websites AFAIK. Actually, Newegg is prolly the last place to have the model...
Jul. 9th, 2006 08:37 am (UTC)
sucky! :(
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