wrt54g time to live exceeded?

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I wonder how long the lifetime is of a Linksys WRT54G v2.2 router… I have one, and it’s been showing more and more problems with the WiFi part of the router: often after a powerup it just doesn’t initialise, no WiFi to be seen. The router reports it’s up, but there just isn’t any signal.

It usually takes 2-3 powercycles (unplugging and replugging the power) to get it running. Kinda annoying if half of your infrastructure depends on said WiFi :p and the router is on another floor :p

I just swapped my WRT54GL (that I used in a WDS setup) with the WRT54G, and now the internet-connected router is working well but the WDS one isn’t :p Time to either:

  • use my spare WRT54G v5 (which is flashed with dd-wrt micro)
  • buy a new WRT54GL (and flash it using Tomato – what I use now on my routers)

I’ll see. I still have a voucher for MediaMarkt that I need to use… ;)