How to Install DD-WRT on a Linksys WAP54G V3

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DD-WRT is a free open-source, Linux-based router firmware. DD-WRT can be installed on your Linksys wireless router, replacing the stock firmware. The benefit of this is that DD-WRT is much more customizable than the standard Linksys firmware, allowing the user to tweak their network settings to their liking. Installing DD-WRT on the WAP54G is fairly straightforward.

Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable
  • Open your browser via the Start menu. Navigate to the DD-WRT website which is listed in the Resources section below. Click "Router Database" and search for "WAP54G" to locate the necessary firmware for the router.

  • Select the "Stable" version from the drop-down menu, then select the "Micro" version. Save this file (.BIN file) to your desktop.

  • Hold down the "Reset" button on the WAP54G to reset it.

  • Open the Start menu, type "cmd" into the Search box to open the Command Prompt. Type "ipconfig /all" and hit Enter. Write down the listed information. The information includes the default gateway, subnet mask and DNS addresses.

  • Plug an Ethernet cable into one of the numbered ports on the WAP54G, plug the remaining end into your computer's Ethernet port.

  • Navigate to "http://192.168.1.1" and log in. Select "Administration," then "Firmware Upgrade."

  • Click "Browse" and select the downloaded .BIN file. Click "Upgrade." The firmware is flashed to the WAP54G router. A progress bar will display the time remaining.

  • Restart the router once more when the process completes. Log in to the router once more (by navigating again to "http://192.168.1.1") to configure the newly installed DD-WRT firmware.

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