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 customisable 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.
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Things you 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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