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jamagallon
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 23:07    Post subject: Success with 38253 Reply with quote
Hi all...

I have a couple WRT54GL v1.1 I use as backup routers.
The latest DD-WRT version I can install on those is 38253.
Good news, as it works, but bad ones also, because anything
newer than that bricks the router.
Till now I managed to unbrick them with the "paperclip" method
several times, but I don want to test my luck much more.

Someone managed to install something more recent than that ?
What could have changed from 38253 onwards to just brick
them ?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:15    Post subject: Re: Success with 38253 Reply with quote
jamagallon wrote:
Someone managed to install something more recent than that? What could have changed from 38253 onward to just brick them?
My new build release notes wrote:
k2.4 (broadcom/) builds were fixed in 39715 (broken in 39144 through 39654)
I don't recall issues shortly prior, but I also wasn't testing my old WRT54's then.
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=1163884#1163884

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 19:22    Post subject: DD-WRT v3.0-r40189 mini (07/04/19) and WRT54GL v1.1 Reply with quote
I was able to move from Tomato 1.28 to DD-WRT v3.0-r40189 mini (07/04/19) on my WRT54GL v1.1 like that:
1) 30-30-30 (hard) reset made on Tomato 1.28;
2) Flashed through Tomato 1.28 web interface to DD-WRT 07-04-2019-r40189 (dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt54g.bin) listed as Beta version successfully;
3) 30-30-30 (hard) reset made on DD-WRT v3.0-r40189 mini (07/04/19).

All went OK and so far it looks stable. I will write here if something is not quote well in the future.

So far found that:
1) "klogd" can NOT be enabled, leading to no possibility to log in a file firewall logs if enabled (the same can be seen from the GUI and with "dmesg" from the CLI).
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 21:27    Post subject: DD-WRT v3.0-r41664 mini (12/06/19) and WRT54GL v1.1 Reply with quote
Upgraded successfully using https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_WRT54GL from DD-WRT v3.0-r40189 mini (07/04/19) to DD-WRT v3.0-r41664 mini (12/06/19), dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt54g.bin, on my WRT54GL v1.1. Everything looks good so far.

"klogd" still can NOT be enabled.
ThaCrip
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:18    Post subject: Reply with quote
Does anyone have any recent-ish reliable firmware for a WRT54GS v1.1?

I am asking because with FreshTomato 2019.2 and 2019.3, while they seem to be okay in terms of general function, it has issues with uptime as the router seems to reset the uptime after being online for not all that long (within a couple of weeks tops and earlier today not even a full 24 hours before apparently resetting the uptime).

basically I just want something secure and can do all of the more basic stuff people use and be able to stay online as long as the router has power to it (so could be several months or years).

EDIT: I got r39715 (from May 2019) installed for now given the info above using "dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt54gs.bin" ; ill see how this works over the coming weeks as if this is stable for say 1month+ chances are it's good and there is a fault with FreshTomato 2019.2/2019.3 etc.

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jwh7
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:59    Post subject: Reply with quote
ThaCrip wrote:
Does anyone have any recent-ish reliable firmware for a WRT54GS v1.1?

I am asking because with FreshTomato 2019.2 and 2019.3, while they seem to be okay in terms of general function, it has issues with uptime [...]
EDIT: I think I am going to try r39715 (from May 2019) for now given the info above using "dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt54gs.bin"
The GSv1.1 wiki says to use the mini_generic.bin.

If you're having stability issues, and this is an old unit, it is probably failing caps. Search my posts for `cap*`.

Also, you should be using a recent build that fixed the rekey issue (after r41662). E.g. start with 41686.

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ThaCrip
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:38    Post subject: Reply with quote
jwh7 wrote:
The GSv1.1 wiki says to use the mini_generic.bin.

If you're having stability issues, and this is an old unit, it is probably failing caps. Search my posts for `cap*`.

Also, you should be using a recent build that fixed the rekey issue (after r41662). E.g. start with 41686.


EDIT (Jan 8th 2020):

I was having a issue with 2019.3 firmware not being able to have a uptime of more than roughly 1 day to maybe as much as a couple of weeks tops and I thought going back to 2019.2 would fix it, as 2019.2 worked fine for me in the past with no 'uptime' issue, but the issue still remained as I could not even get a full 24 hours of 'uptime' on a recent test.

so I figured I would give DD-WRT a shot as I initially flashed from FreshTomato 2019.2 to DD-WRT r39715 (May 3rd 2019) and reset through the interface like usual etc, and that was working with wireless but I figured it's best to run a more recent build etc and then tried r41686 (apparently has fix for 'rekey' security issue etc(?)) and that's when the wireless showed 'Radio is Off' in the DD-WRT interface and resetting through the interface did not seem to do anything so I played around with even a bit more recent builds etc and I figured nothing was working so I said the hell with it and flashed back to r39715(May 3rd 2019) and at this point the wireless was still reading 'Radio is Off' and at this point I knew something had to be out of whack with the configuration stored on the router. so I flashed back to r41686 (Dec 10th 2019) and then after it was up and running I held the routers reset button for 30+ seconds and at this point once I got access to the interface the wireless was now working once again! ; so given that info I am starting to wonder if FreshTomato 2019.3 (and even 2019.2 in my most recent check) will be perfectly okay with no uptime issue if I reset using the reset button instead of doing it through the browser interface.

but what ill probably do for now is see if DD-WRT r41686 (Dec 10th 2019) stays stable for roughly the next month or so and if it's good ill probably go back to FreshTomato 2019.3 and just make sure to use the routers RESET button and hold it for 30+ seconds instead of clearing NVRAM etc through the interface as I think it's plausible that was my issue the entire time with the router having uptime issues.

p.s. I am using "dd-wrt.v24_mini_generic.bin" (or if not that it's "dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt54gs.bin").

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ThaCrip
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 20:52    Post subject: Reply with quote
@jwh7

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If you're having stability issues, and this is an old unit, it is probably failing caps. Search my posts for `cap*`.


What do you think the chances are that the two capacitors in my ASUS router are bad? ; because that router is pretty much shot as it's not stable (has trouble keeping any decent uptime and wireless seems to sometimes be on and other times it's like it's not even there with wireless light off) but physically looking at those capacitors, no obvious issues like bulging etc. but currently I put it back together, so I can't easily check any info inside of it at the moment.

as for the Linksys WRT54GS v1.1... since I had to go back to this recently because that ASUS router is not flat out not stable ill see how this router is over the next 2-4 weeks or so as I figure if I can get a solid month or so without any issues, it should be stable enough Smile

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jwh7
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 23:51    Post subject: Reply with quote
ThaCrip wrote:
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If you're having stability issues, and this is an old unit, it is probably failing caps. Search my posts for `cap*`.
What do you think the chances are that the two capacitors in my ASUS router are bad? ; because that router is pretty much shot as it's not stable (has trouble keeping any decent uptime and wireless seems to sometimes be on and other times it's like it's not even there with wireless light off) but physically looking at those capacitors, no obvious issues like bulging etc. but currently I put it back together, so I can't easily check any info inside of it at the moment.
If the stability is dropping over time on an old router, that's a pretty high probability of failing caps. And as you'd see in all my posts about them, none of the many bad router caps I've repaired ever had a visible sign of it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 23:56    Post subject: Reply with quote
There are Brodcom SoCs that do not have caps directly on the board. Netgear R7000, for example. They are located elsewhere, if at all.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 0:41    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
There are Broadcom SoCs that do not have caps directly on the board. Netgear R7000, for example. They are located elsewhere, if at all.
They have them, for sure; they are surface mount. Smile

But the Asus WL-520gU definitely has two electrolytics. I recently repaired two of them for a co-worker. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:28    Post subject: Reply with quote
jwh7 wrote:
kernel-panic69 wrote:
There are Broadcom SoCs that do not have caps directly on the board. Netgear R7000, for example. They are located elsewhere, if at all.
They have them, for sure; they are surface mount. Smile

But the Asus WL-520gU definitely has two electrolytics. I recently repaired two of them for a co-worker. Wink


Post the pictures. I know of two chokes on the power input circuit, but no capacitors. The caps are in the AC power adapter, if anywhere. Some boards don't even have the chokes (R6400, if I am not mistaken).

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:05    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
Post the pictures. I know of two chokes on the power input circuit, but no capacitors.
Are you still talking about the R7000? What relevance does that have to this thread? But if you insist, all the surface mount component labels here starting with 'C' are capacitors: https://content.hwigroup.net/images/products_1920x1080/205554/7/netgear-r7000-nighthawk.jpg
Smile
Or if you mean the 520gU, the electrolytics are here:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/files/asus_520gu_inside_179.jpg

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:28    Post subject: Reply with quote
So, you're basically telling me that thing has what appears to be dozens of capacitors all tied to the power input for filtration. Oh-kay. May want to break out with a good meter and trace the circuits. But, even those caps going askew could explain a few things, I s'pose. I made the original random comment based on discussion elsewhere /whoops.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:48    Post subject: Reply with quote
jwh7 wrote:
If the stability is dropping over time on an old router, that's a pretty high probability of failing caps. And as you'd see in all my posts about them, none of the many bad router caps I've repaired ever had a visible sign of it.


Well it was basically acting up initially around June/July 2019 (I want to say it's roughly 10 years old now) and that's when I switched to the Linksys WRT54GS v1.1. but was playing with the ASUS WL-520gU recently and noticed the wireless was flaky as the LED light would not even come on after some hard-resets etc and as I was about to give up, I noticed it came back on etc.

but assuming the caps are going to bad... is it even worth fixing? ; because I suspect it depends on cost as if it can be fixed for next to nothing it might be worth attempting to fix it and, if I bother with that, I wonder if it would be worth swapping the caps on the Linksys WRT54GS v1.1 I got(which I never opened up yet to see what's in there)? (but I am still testing to see how it fairs over the next month or two as I figure if it does not act up by then, it should be stable).

I do have a soldering iron and some flux etc as I did a bit of soldering on original XBox years ago on it's board and for one which had a mod chip I did some soldering on a pin header.

Thanks for the info.

jwh7 wrote:
Or if you mean the 520gU, the electrolytics are here:https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/files/asus_520gu_inside_179.jpg


Mine looks almost the same but there is NO heatsink on what I assume is the main CPU chip on mine as I just opened it for the first time about a day ago. but did someone add that heatsink in that picture?

even touching it (WL-520gU's main chip) with my finger (I touched the side of my computer case first to help minimize the chance of static electricity getting to ASUS WL-520gU components) it's a bit warm (as I can feel some heat in it vs some of the other chips feel more neutral to the touch) but it's not even slightly close to burning me.

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EDIT (Feb 3rd 2020): replacing the capacitors (I found some used ones around the house (16v 470uF 85c (stock caps are 105c rated)) on Jan 31st 2020 seems to have fixed my ASUS WL-520gU router as it's no longer unstable with uptime issues etc. I currently have 3 days 8 hours of uptime which in recent memory it's unlikely it would have made it this far prior to the capacitor replacement as it would usually kick out within a day to maybe a few days or so tops and not long ago the wireless seemed dead as I did hard-reset etc and out-of-the-blue some odd minutes later, when I was about to give up, it came back online as the LED was lit up like normal once again etc. so at this point I am confident replacing the caps fixed it but ill be even more confident if I can get a full week or two.

so given that info... I am pretty sure replacing the caps on my Linksys WTY54GS v1.1 will also fix that which I suspect ill probably get a hold of some Panasonic ones on Ebay eventually which are four '25v 220uF' for my GS v1.1 router.

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