Disassemble Linksys WRT54g V5

There is probably only one reason why you would want to take apart your Linksys wireless router – you have bricked it due to a bad firmware flash (or something very similar).

I decided to write some instructions to go with my other article on unbricking the V5. I noticed, looking at the stats for this site, that the majority of visits were for this post. As I said in that article, I could not find (at that time) any info on how to fixed a bricked V5.

These instructions will not only apply for the V5, but the earlier Linksys wireless routers as well.

WRT54G V5 aerial removal

First of all, the aerials have to be removed. The base of each aerial is cover by a ‘hood’. To remove the hood, twist it and pull (at the same time) it away from the unit. The picture above shows the hood partly off (on the bottom aerial), and then just needs to be slid off the end of the aerial.
The aerials themselves can now be unscrewed.

The WRT54G is not held together by screws, but by plastic tabs. Cheap, but effective. It can be a bit tricky, but there’s a knack to it.

Look at the picture below:

WRT54G case removal

With the base facing towards you, place your hands on either side of the unit (note: my photo only shows one hand as I had to use the other to hold the camera and take the pic!), and place your thumbs on the feet of the WRT54G as shown. Then gently push your thumbs up and the top section (the blue bit) should separate from the remainder of the unit.

Easy as that!

You can then proceed to my original post and unflash the Linksys.

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    • ER
    • January 20, 2010

    Thank you. This was helpful and very simple!

  1. wireless routers are very necessary nowadays because we do not want so many wires running around the home :”-

    • tech.kyle
    • April 19, 2011

    My WRT54G v5 won’t budge. I’ve tried fishing around for tabs with a screwdriver, but haven’t found anything. Other videos say they just pop right off, but mine is putting up quite a fight.

    • indi
    • April 22, 2011

    You don’t need a screwdriver unless the thing is really that tight. As I said, it does require a knack and ‘persuasion’.

    • aardvigator
    • May 27, 2011

    I had to apply a lot of force to get the front off, and the front only popped off when an internal plastic tab broke off completely.

    • Denny
    • September 7, 2011

    There are screws under the 2 rubber feet in the front. The rubber feet just pop out and reveal the screws.

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