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#1 Kitana

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 04:22 PM

I'm having an odd issue that I've narrowed down to a problem with my router.

After I got off work yesterday I tried to access myspace.com. It would hardly load (take around 5 minutes to do so), and then I could not log in. I wrote this off as a problem with MySpace and forgot about it. Later that night I found out everyone I knew could access it with no problem what so ever. I could access it on my phone as well. I figured it was a problem with my computer so I ran virus scans, cleared the cache, the works. Still nothing. In the morning I talked to my mother, who uses another computer in the house, and she told me she couldn't access certain websites either. I tried the websites I couldn't access on her computer and sure enough they didn't work on hers either. I connected my computer directly to my modem, and the websites came up just as quickly as any other. So that's how I figured out it was my router.

I'm 99% positive I need to update the firmware. I called Linksys, and because my router was out of warranty they wanted to connect me to another department and charge me $29.99 just to talk to them. Yep, no thanks!

So that's when I come to you guys. Everywhere I look about updating the firmware tells me that I'll download a .zip file from Linksys, but the file that I get when clicking on the firmware update is a .bin file! Could someone please guide me in the right direction?

I have Windows Vista, my mother has Windows XP.
Our router is a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router. WRT54G version 8
Anything else you need to know, just let me know. Thank you so much!

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 04:57 PM

A firmware or BIOS update should be a .bin file :thumbsup:.

But you also normally need a utility file which provides access to the contents of the .bin file.

Take a look at this guide: http://www.dslreports.com/faq/8756

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 05:11 PM

A firmware or BIOS update should be a .bin file :thumbsup:.

But you also normally need a utility file which provides access to the contents of the .bin file.

Take a look at this guide: http://www.dslreports.com/faq/8756

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That's actually the guide I was looking at. The unzipping part confused me though. I googled a program to unzip .bin files found ALZip and when I tried to unzip my .bin file, I got an error that says "Error: Invalid Archive." Bah...help!

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 05:20 PM

Before you update the firmware, and possibly turn it into a brick, why don't you take it out of the equation? Hook a computer directly to the modem, without the router, and see if the problem still persists
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 05:22 PM

Before you update the firmware, and possibly turn it into a brick, why don't you take it out of the equation? Hook a computer directly to the modem, without the router, and see if the problem still persists


I did, and I stated that in my original post.

"I connected my computer directly to my modem, and the websites came up just as quickly as any other. So that's how I figured out it was my router."

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 06:14 PM

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 06:26 PM

Router model/name, please?

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Disregard, apologies for not reading every line in post :thumbsup:.

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Edited by hamluis, 15 July 2008 - 08:53 PM.


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Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:18 PM

I know that router and you shouldn't need the latest firmware. That is probably the most commonly used router out there. In the back of the router there is a reset button. Hold it in for about 5 secs and power cycle the router. It will reset all your settings including the wireless but try that and see what you got. I'm assuming your using cable modem which will be fine with the reset of the router. If your using a DSL modem with user/pass authorization you would also wipe out these settings and have to reconfigure the router to work with that. Try the reset then if that does not work go to the firmware upgrade but I've installed that exact router 30 times in the last 2 years and never had one problem with it. I never had anyone upgrade the firmware either.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:18 PM

Router model/name, please?

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I provided the name and model in my original post. Linksys wireless-g broadband router. Model WRT54G version 8, I believe. I can't double check cause im posting from my phone. Check my first post to be sure.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 11:36 PM

I know that router and you shouldn't need the latest firmware. That is probably the most commonly used router out there. In the back of the router there is a reset button. Hold it in for about 5 secs and power cycle the router. It will reset all your settings including the wireless but try that and see what you got. I'm assuming your using cable modem which will be fine with the reset of the router. If your using a DSL modem with user/pass authorization you would also wipe out these settings and have to reconfigure the router to work with that. Try the reset then if that does not work go to the firmware upgrade but I've installed that exact router 30 times in the last 2 years and never had one problem with it. I never had anyone upgrade the firmware either.


Yes, I do have a cable modem. I tried resetting the router, and that didn't work either. This is very aggravating! It wouldn't bug me so much if some of the sites weren't sites that my mother and I visit very frequently. Can you, or someone, help me on updating the firmware? As I mentioned previously I tried to unzip the .bin file and it gave me an error. I don't know what to do.




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