Linksys WRT54GS v5.0 & 5.1 & 6.0

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These instructions are for the WRT54gS version v.5 and v.6. NOTE THE S. The instructions for the router Wrt54g WITHOUT the S are above.

IN SPITE OF SOME OTHER INSTRUCTIONS ELSEWHERE, YOU REALLY NEED TO CREATE A CUSTOM VX Image for your router. If you don’t you will get a generic mac address on your router and a generic mac address will mean most ISP won’t let you connect to the internet. Here is how to do it properly

There is good information at the scorpiontek site:

Go to this thread and download the zipped files in


How To Flash

NOTE: During configuration or flashing a device, the only that should be hooked to the device is the computer and power.

  1. Read the peacock announcement found here:
  2. Do a HARD reset on the router according to note 1 of the peacock announcement (30/30/30)
  3. Set a static IP on your computer to
  4. Connect the lan cable from your computer to a LAN port of your router. Make sure your router is plugged in to power and that the wireless is off on your computer.
  5. Unzip the file you downloaded and place it in a location you can easily find on your computer
  6. Unzip the file to the same folder as where you placed the other files you downloaded
  7. Delete the vxworks_prep_v03.bin file
  8. Go to this location and download the vxworks_prep_GS_v03.bin file:
  9. Click on the VXImgToolGui.exe program
    1. Make sure the top button is on the right for WRT54GS, not the left for WRT54G.
    2. Put the mac address from the bottom of your router in the box that says "Desired Mac Address"
    3. Click on the three dots next to "output image" and save the file as My54gsImage.bin in the same folder as everything else is located.
  10. Power cycle the router (uplug the power from the router for 30 seconds and then plug it back in)
  11. Open your browser to but putting that in the browser address window of your browser. You should open the linksys webgui and NOT a page that says Management Mode. If you see management mode, power cycle the router again.
  12. Enter "root" as the username and "admin" as the password
  13. Go to administration and firmware upgrade
  14. Navigate to the folder that you are using, and select vxworks_prep_GS_v03.bin
  15. Hit upgrade.
  16. Wait for FIVE FULL MINUTES. Go for a walk. Don't you TOUCH that router for FIVE MINUTES.
  17. When five full earth minutes have passed, power cycle the router
  18. Refresh your browser window. If you get a blank window, clear your browser cache. NOW you should be in the MANAGEMENT MODE window.
  19. Select the My54gImage.bin file that you created. Hit upgrade.
  20. Wait for the "Upgrade Success" message, and then WAIT FIVE FULL MINUTES again. Don't TOUCH your router.
  21. Start tftp.exe
    1. Enter as the address in the top box of tftp.exe
    2. Leave the password blank
    3. Select the 12548 Newd_Micro.bin firmware
    4. Set retries to 99.
    5. Power cycle the router
    6. Count to 2
    7. Hit upgrade
  22. When you get a success, wait FIVE FULL minutes.
  23. When you can access the dd-wrt webgui using a browser at, power cycle the router.
  24. When you can again access the dd-wrt webgui using a browser at, do another HARD reset on the router.
  25. Reset your computer ethernet connection to auto IP and auto DNS

Can I enable the 16MB of RAM on my neutered router?

Yes, but only on WRT54GS v5 and v5.1. Enable 16MB RAM on WRT54GS v5

Other Notes

GS Units cannot easily go back to linksys firmware.

Also see this page: Version 5 And 6 Router Information