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I already Have a WRT54G router - How do I make it WifiTastic?

If you already have a Wrt54G (or WRT54GS, or WRT54GL) router and some technical confidence, you can easily install WifiTastic firmware on your router.

  • It's easy to install and it's free. Just follow these 10 steps to give WifiTastic a try!.
  • If you decide WifiTastic isn't for you, it's easy to return to your previous firmware.

10 Steps to an easy install :

  1. Download the firmware from here
  2. Find out exactly which version of the WRT54g router you are using. The picture below shows the sticker that you will find under your router. Check the model first - often this shows the version number as well (e.g. Wrt54G v4) - though if it doesn't, then check the S/N prefix to determine the version.
  3. Model
    Version
    S/N Prefix
    Firmware to Use
    WRT54G 1.0 CDF0 Not supported
    WRT54G 1.0 CDF1 WiFiTastic-WRT54G.bin
    WRT54G 1.1 CDF2/CDF3 WiFiTastic-WRT54G.bin
    WRT54G 2.0 CDF5 WiFiTastic-WRT54G.bin
    WRT54G 2.2 CDF7 WiFiTastic-WRT54G.bin
    WRT54G 3.0 CDF8 WiFiTastic-WRT54G.bin
    WRT54G 3.1 CDF9 WiFiTastic-WRT54G.bin
    WRT54G 4.0 CDFA WiFiTastic-WRT54G.bin
    WRT54G 5.0 & above CDFB Not supported
           
    WRT54GS 1.0 CGN0/CGN1 WiFiTastic-WRT54GS.bin
    WRT54GS 1.1 CGN2 WiFiTastic-WRT54GS.bin
    WRT54GS 2.0 CGN3 WiFiTastic-WRT54GS.bin
    WRT54GS 2.1 CGN4 WiFiTastic-WRT54GS.bin
    WRT54GS 3.0 CGN5 WiFiTastic-WRT54GS.bin
    WRT54GS 4.0 CGN6 WiFiTastic-WRT54GS_V4ONLY.bin
    WRT54GS 5.0 & above CGN7 Not supported
           
    WRT54GL 1.0 & above CL7A WiFiTastic-WRT54G.bin

     

  4. Select the firmware you need. Open the zip file that you have downloaded and select the firmware file that matches your model (using the table above). Extract the firmware appropriate for your model from the zip file. Save it somewhere safe.
  5. Make sure that you are connected to your router via an Ethernet cable, and NOT via a wireless connection. Your network cable should run from one of the output ports on the router (numbered 1-4) to the network port on your computer. Turn off the wireless connection on your PC or laptop so that you can be certain that you are connecting via the Ethernet cable!
  6. Open your router's admin page. Open your web browser (Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, etc) and type the address http://192.168.1.1. You should now be asked for a password to administer your router. The default password (if you haven't chosen one of your own) is “admin” (no inverted commas, and all lower case).
    • If you have changed the IP address of your router, you will need to use the changed address instead of http://192.168.1.1
    • If you aren’t immediately able to connect to your router, try rebooting your computer. This will let your computer connect with the Ethernet connection to the router.
  7. Select the Administration tab.
  8. Click on ‘Firmware Upgrade' and browse to select the firmware (that you put somewhere safe in step 3!).
  9. Click the ‘Upgrade' button.
  10. Your router will now upgrade itself. It could take up to 5 minutes (give it 10 to be safe). DO NOT TURN OFF THE POWER! DO NOT PRESS THE RESET BUTTON until the upgrade is completed.
  11. That's it!

Now you are ready to go!

Open your web browser (Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, etc) and type the address http://192.168.1.1 again. This will take you to the new firmware - follow the links to get started!

 

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