Posts Tagged ‘Linksys’

Yet another failed Linksys router

02/03/2017 Leave a comment

A couple of weeks back, one of my clients called me up and asked us to fix his touchpanel. Apparently, the touchpanel was not working…no communication with the processor. When I arrived at the premises, I found out that the Linksys WRT54G wireless router was dead. As you can see above, all four lights were on…and there was no response from the router. So we replaced the router with a new one and all was ok

Now with this router. Normally these routers last a long time but then again, this is a consumer-grade router and it would have been better to put in an industrial grade one. We replaced it with another consumer grade router, a Linksys E1300 so it is only a matter of time before that router dies. I wonder if this Linksys router is repairable. I tried to reset it but it would not work. But all is not lost. I came across this post here and they say that they managed to fix it. So I will try it when I have some time

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Linksys SD205 5-port switch

17/12/2016 Leave a comment

Some time back, I bought a few of these Linksys SD205 5-port switches for my company because we needed these for boardrooms and the like where there were not enough LAN ports to go around. They cost about $30 then and I had a few of these in my arsenal in case impromptu meetings broke out. I myself bought one for use at home…but it has not been used for some time. I think that it is still in good condition. The beautiful thing about these switches is that they get the job done, and they come with a standard 12-volt DC power supply. So if the power supply goes, you can find replacements really easy, unlike the Linksys WRT54GC that came with a 3.3-volt adapter.

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Faulty power adapter from my Linksys WRT54GC router

02/09/2016 1 comment

This is a picture of the adapter that came with my Linksys WRT54GC router, the one that I had since December 2007. This router gave sterling performance until I retired it some time back. I noticed that the adapter was always wet and it was not because of water. Something must have been leaking out of it. It could have been electrolyte or something else because to be honest, one ting I notice about Linksys and their adapters of old is that they tend to get pretty hot and so, something for sure is going to get “baked” inside it. Yes, I jest you not…they get too hot to touch!

So a couple of weeks back when my main router died, I dug this out of storage and used it. I had no other choice as I had no router in the house. Boy, talk about a bad move. My router died and it was due to the bad adapter. Now I have a problem. I have a perfectly good router but no power supply. And the power supply has a weird voltage rating too… 3.3 volts DC! But I love this router and I am going to keep it. I just need to find an adapter.

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Linksys router dead

23/08/2016 1 comment

I had a rather unpleasant surprise the other day, a couple of days back in fact, when my Linksys WRT54G router decided to die on me. So I took out the power supply, which was very hot to the touch, and decided to measure the voltage. Bloody hell. It was measured at 18 volts DC instead of its nominal 12 volts! Just to ensure that I was not seeing things, I measured it again. True enough…18 volts! I thought that the heat had something to do with it so I promptly replaced the power supply with an Extron 12 volt power supply that I had on hand. I measure that…12 volts so I thought it would be ok. Hooked it up and the router started working again…only to have it die on me a few minutes later!

So I broke out the old Linksys WRT54GC router and will be using that until I get a new one. Bloody hell…a day of configuring, re-configuring and Internet downtime. But I must be thankful to this old WRT54G router. It gave many years of sterling service but nothing lasts forever. Thanks Linksys!

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Linksys Cisco E1200 router

20/03/2016 Leave a comment

I had the chance to have a look at this wireless router a week back while replacing an older router from a client’s place. I did some research on it and this is what I can say about it. This Linksys E1200 allows you to create a pretty powerful wireless home network. You can connect computers, wireless printers, and other Wi-Fi devices at speeds up to 300 Mbps. Wireless-wise, there is WPA/WPA2 encryption and an SPI firewall help keep your network protected. Included Cisco Connect software gets you set up in three easy steps. That may be a boon for some but I prefer to configure my router manually, and that is what I did for this one. What was important for me is that I could establish a separate guest network and limit Internet access using Parental Controls. But the only caveat I had about it was that it only could transmit on 2.4GHz. But it is a router worth looking at. I might get one for myself!

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Linksys WRT54GL Linux-based router

08/11/2015 Leave a comment

Just the other day, I was digging through some leftover junk that I found in my workplace and came upon this old Linksys WRT54GL router. I was thinking to myself that it was a great find because these routers are prized because they run on the open-source Linux OS. When I hooked it up, I noticed that there were some issues with thing. The wi-fi would drop and I would have to restart the thing. So I went to the Linksys site and found, to my delight, they still have firmware upgrades for this thing! So I downloaded the firmware, loaded into the router and all of a sudden, I had a router that was just stable as a rock with a new login screen. Gotta hand it to these Linksys routers. They just keep going and going

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SMC2804WBR wireless broadband router

04/12/2014 Leave a comment

I had this router for quite a few years back then and it was only replaced with a Linksys WRT54G after this router started giving problems following a firmware update. That is why I am very hesitant to provide firmware updates to many of my gadgets for fear of such screw-ups happening. In many ways, I loved this router. It was one of the best and I am sorry it bit the dust. After this router died, I wanted to get another SMC router but none of the newer ones appealed to me so in the end, I bought a Linksys. I now use a TP-Link router that replaced the Linksys that replaced this. I hope SMC makes routers as good as this – great throughput, excellent wireless connectivity. An all-round great router

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