WGR614L and TFTP on Windows

Using Windows to send an image to your WGR614L is a little more tricky than using Linux. The reason why is because of how the CFE works or is designed - the CFE is the bootloader for the router. It initializes all the basic components on your router, then it looks for a image to boot.

The bootloader basically only waits 3 seconds. If you have not sent or started a tftp session in that time, or at that time, it closes tftp and tries to boot the image that is already on it.

The problem is if you're using Windows, it usually takes at least 3+ seconds before the ethernet adapter becomes active after seeing activity on the ethernet line or cable, this does not happen with Linux.

This is why it is suggested to put a hub or switch beteen the router and an XP system box. When you do this, Windows XP aleady has the ethernet adapter active and you will see the pings immediately.

I recommed that you get one of the free TFTP GUI applications that are available, just because it makes things a bit easier, but you can use the command line TFTP that comes with XP just as well.

Once you are ready to put your image on your router, just open up a CMD window and your TFTP program, start pinging the router and start TFTP on it before or at the same time you see the first ping reply from the router. After a few tries, you should be able to hit the window at just the right time.

Also, if that image is bad, broken, or corrupt - it just gets stuck you have to reboot it again, and try to TFTP again in that 3 second window.

I hope that this helps to explain using TFTP in a Windows environment!

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can I make the wgr614 conect

can I make the wgr614 conect to a linksys wireless-G adapter.or the wireless thing in my laptop.it,s worked everywhere else ?what am I doing wrong...not computer savy ..HELP !