How can I change the firmware on a router from FreeWRT to OpenWrt?

The router is a Linksys WRT54GL, so it should have enough memory for OpenWrt and I have SSH connection as root to the system.


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I think the most direct route would be to flash your firmware back to the original manufacturer's first. Once you've reverted to the original firmware, you should only need to follow the directions to install the OpenWrt firmware.


  • Could you please give a hint, how to revert to the original firmware? Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 6:18
  • It depends on the device, but typically there's a reset button on the hardware. If you hold it in for a fairly long duration (maybe 20 secs) it will revert the firmware to the original manufaturer's.
    – slm
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 6:22
  • Check out this section of Linksys' website: support.linksys.com/en-us/support/routers/WRT54G
    – slm
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 6:25
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    The reset button can only reset the nvram, but will not write another system in the flash memory. Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 6:46
  • @JonasStein - then you'll have to follow the directions either described in the user manual or use one of the other methods described when you search for "Linksys WRT54GL original firmware" via google.
    – slm
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 6:50

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