Linksys WRT150N & WRT160N

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The process for flashing the WRT150N and the WRT160Nv1 are the same. The WRT160Nv3 differs slightly and has its own instructions further down the page. VERSION 2 OF THE 160N IS NOT SUPPORTED. Do NOT try to flash v2 routers with this process.


WRT150N and WRT160Nv1 Instructions

  1. Read Note 1 of the peacock announcement
  2. Read Note 3 of the peacock announcement
  3. Search router database and download latest firmware. At time of writing: build 12548 NEWD_Mini.bin (NOT NEWD2!)
  4. Do a HARD reset on your router
  5. Plug a cable into the lan port of the router and your computer, and disable any wireless to the computer. Disable all firewalls and virus protection. (Setting your computer to a static IP should not be required)
  6. Set your browser to This will open up the linksys webgui.
  7. Enter the username admin and password admin
  8. Go to the administration tab. Click on firmware upgrade.
  9. BROWSE to the .bin file you downloaded.
  10. Click on the upgrade button and WAIT for the upgrade successful message.
  11. Power cycle your router. (--very important--) WAIT until you can relogin at
  12. Do a PROPER HARD 30-30-30 reset on your router (--very important--) WAIT until you can login at
  13. Click on any tab. Reset your username/password by TYPING in a new username/password.
  14. Configure your router.

You can now upgrade to any generic dd-wrt build except Mega and Micro. Be sure to always do a hard reset prior to flashing another build, do a power cycle followed by another hard reset after flashing, and NEVER re-use a configuration file from a previous build or another router. Reconfigure from scratch.

WRT160Nv3 Instructions

  1. Read the Peacock Announcement:
  2. Download the latest firmware from that has WRT160N in the file name. Latest as of writing is
  3. Make a physical ethernet connection to your router, and disable your wireless adapter, antivirus/firewall protection, and any software that makes strong use of your network (BitTorrent, Streaming Audio/Video, etc).
  4. Perform a hard 30/30/30 reset.
  5. Navigate to in your web browser of choice.
  6. At the Linksys Management Mode screen, do not give the reboot command. You will use this page to upgrade your firmware.
  7. Browse to the firmware you downloaded and click Upload.
  8. Do not touch anything. The page will tell you that the upgrade was successful and the router is now rebooting. Your router may take upwards of a couple minutes to reboot. Watch the lights... once the wireless and power indicators are on steadily for several seconds, your router is fully rebooted and you can click "Continue" in your browser window.
  9. If the DD-WRT password change page displays, your upgrade has been successful, and you must now perform another hard 30/30/30 reset. This time, when you navigate to, click "Reboot" and wait for the router to come online again so you can configure it.

I made the following notes from installing on two separate Linksys wrt160nv3 routers. The other routers on this page might also behave this way, but I personally can only verify these for the wrt160nv3.

Performing a 30/30/30 Reset on a WRT160Nv3

  • First, do a normal 30-30-30 hard reset.
  • When you log in to, you will be in the "Linksys - Management Mode" screen - from here, click the "Reboot." link.
  • When reboot is complete, you will see "Command reboot completed." and a "Continue" link. Wait a couple of minutes (and see below for how lights should behave as the router reboots) Click the "Continue" link to go to the web admin console for the router.

How lights behave after a 30-30-30 hard reset or a power cycle on wrt160nv3

  • on wrt160nv3, when you power cycle or hard reboot once the dd-wrt firmware is installed, the lights will do the following: Power light will blink, if network cable is plugged in, that connection light will come on and blink because of activity. Then, power light will go out for a few seconds. Then, all lights except power light will come on solid for a few seconds, then they will all go out. Then power light will come back on blinking. Wireless light will come on a few seconds after that. Power light will then go solid. Once wireless light and power light are on, then the router has fully restarted. It is still a good idea to let it sit for two full minutes, just to make sure the NVRAM is rebuilt, before you try to access the web admin GUI at

(Modified from unsigned original by Stenvoon 21:29, 7 December 2009 (CET))

(Modified by Jonathan Morgan 12:32, 6 January 2010 (EST))