Posts: 1
Registered: ‎02-29-2008

Lights on nothing plugged in

Hey my roommates have recently had a party at my house, now my WRT54G router/switch has all four ethernet lights on though nothing is plugged. The Internet light is on though there is no internet cable in. The power light is blinking and wlan and dmz lights are off. Did one of my roommates retarded friends spill beer on my router, or is this fixable?
Posts: 6,365
Registered: ‎09-16-2006

Re: Lights on nothing plugged in

You will need to trust your own nose regarding the beer question.
Your router may be dead.  But there is still some hope.  Try the fix at this URL:
If the above fix fails, then there is one last hope:
Try again to reset the router to factory defaults, then setup the router again from scratch.

To reset your router to factory defaults, use the following procedure:

1) Power down all computers, the router, and the modem, and unplug them from the wall.
2) Disconnect all wires from the router.
3) Power up the router and allow it to fully boot (1-2 minutes).
4) Press and hold the reset button for 30 seconds, then release it, then let the router reset and reboot (2-3 minutes).
5) Power down the router.
6) Connect one computer by wire to port 1 on the router (NOT to the internet port).
7) Power up the router and allow it to fully boot (1-2 minutes).
8) Power up the computer (if the computer has a wireless card, make sure it is off).
9) Try to ping the router. To do this, click the "Start" button > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt. A black DOS box will appear. Enter the following: "ping" (no quotes), and hit the Enter key. You will see 3 or 4 lines that start either with "Reply from ... " or "Request timed out." If you see "Reply from ...", your computer has found your router.
10) Open your browser and point it to This will take you to your router's login page. Leave the user name blank, and in the password field, enter "admin" (with no quotes). This will take you to your router setup page. Note the version number of your firmware (usually listed near upper right corner of screen). Exit your browser.

If you get this far without problems, try the setup disk (or setup the router manually, if you prefer), and see if you can get your router setup and working.

If you cannot get "Reply from ..." in step 9 above, your router is dead.

If you get a reply in step 9, but cannot complete step 10, then either your router is dead or the firmware is corrupt. In this case, use the Linksys tftp.exe program to try to reload your router with the latest firmware. After reloading the firmware, repeat the above procedure starting with step 1.

If you need additional help, please state your ISP, the make and model of your modem, your router's firmware version, and the results of steps 9 and 10. Also, if you get any error messages, copy them exactly and report back.

Please let me know how things turn out for you.
Posts: 2,653
Registered: ‎09-07-2006

Re: Lights on nothing plugged in

Try pressing reset for 2 minutes.
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎03-22-2008

Re: Lights on nothing plugged in

I have a problem similar to this one. I went to a friends house to set up a new computer and found out their WRT54G was not working properly. They thought it was, but were connecting by wireless to one of their neighbors routers.

All 4 port lights are lit up as well as the internet light. The power light looks to be dimly lit up. They stay this way from the moment you plug it in until you unplug it. No lights flash, they just turn solid from the start and stay there. I have held down the reset button for 30 seconds and a full minute but neither time did any change happen.

The router is not sending out any wireless signals at all. If you plug into one of the ports, my computer as well as the pc I just set up and their mac does not recognize themselves as being plugged in. Using the same cables this problem does not replicate itself when plugged directly into their modem or a switch I had with me.

Because of this problem, no possible fix I have read on here so far is able to be done. I am pretty sure that the router is fried and their is nothing I can do about it. Could someone please advise me on anything further I can do?
Posts: 6,365
Registered: ‎09-16-2006

Re: Lights on nothing plugged in

to linspatz --
If you follow the 10 step procedure I posted earlier in this thread, it will tell you if the router is dead or not.