ftp://ftp.linksys.com/ I couldn't find it in there.
I have: v1.40.1 v1.50.14 if you wanna try them. They're for the BEFW11S4 v4 and may not work with the other hardware mutations. If you have a v4 model, and are trying to fix the erratic hang problem, give up. It's not the firmware.
On Tue, 12 Sep 2006 18:12:08 GMT, "Chris Macnamara" wrotd:
It's really nothing more than the erratic hang problem Jeff mentioned in the previous msg. I was hoping (based on communication elsewhere) that I could eliminate it or at least drastically reduce the occurance of it. it's not specifically a streaming media problem... just happens during extensive downloads.
Thanks for the offer... I'm willing to try anything
I just found 1.46.02. No wonder my hard disk resembles my trash can. Is that close enough?
Yep. I've gone through about 5 firmware updates without the slightest improvement in stability. Some versions would hang on streaming media. Some versions would hang if you open too many streams (Bitorrent etc). All versions hang when attacked from the internet. Try the exploits test at:
of the test will hang the router every time. I forgot which ones. Hmmm... site seems to be down for the moment. Oh-oh.
The current version just hangs randomly. Sometimes, it will go for a week without a problem. Other times, it's several times per day. Sometimes, it just clobbers one users connection, leaving everything else working just fine. I've had to resort to installing a lamp timer to power cycle the router once per day at night.
I just recently retired my BEFW11S4 after serveral years of cursing and swearing. The only thing I miss is that the radio performance is superior to the replacment WRT54GSv4.
Sure. However, you didn't bother disclosing what hardware mutation of the BEFW11s4 you have. Mine is the V4 and as far as I can tell, everything I have is for that version. If you have something else, don't try to install it.
There seems to be more than one person that wants the older firmware. Posted at:
me some time to find and post the other versions. They're scattered on several machines and backup CD's.
No, but I'm aware of the streaming media problem. I don't do much streaming media (just Google Videos and such). Mine hangs without much provocation or traffic. The OP never specified the problem they were trying to solve.
Cut and pasted from a previos question on the ntl news group:
The streaming problem (known to Linksys, but not put right) only started when I upgraded to the frimware you mention. When starting any streaming media, the router would hang. Powercycle was the only solution, which always fixed it, until I tried to stream again.
To put it right, you need to make amendments to the settings in your streaming software.
In Media Player. go to the little drop down arrow at the top right of the screen. Choose Tools>Options>Network and then untick all protocols apart from HTTP, click Apply and you're done.
With Real One Tools>Preferences>Network Transport>Then click the RSTP Settings button, and untick all protocols, other than HTTP. Some intructions say to do the same with the PNA settings button, but I appear not to have done that, and it's working great now!
On Wed, 13 Sep 2006 05:39:40 GMT, Jeff Liebermann wrotd:
I'm running the BEFW11s4 v4 model, but the link you gave above leads to firmware for the BEFSR41 (in name at least) which is *NOT* a WAP/router/switch, it's just a router/switch. Based on the firmware name, I really can't use it... unless someone gives me the super-secret handshake and tells me they're compatible devices
Junk the router, get a new one. Really, the replacement costs are a heck of a lot less than the hassles of putting up with that piece of junk. I've got one gathering dust because of it's defective behavior. Best $70 spent was getting a WRT54GS to replace it.
Several years difference between them and the WRT54G/S series can have a 3rd party firmware loaded on it. They've of course screwed around with that but I've got several pre version 5 units, enough to last me a while. I'd probably look at the Asus or Buffalo units that can also run dd-wrt were I to need new units.
I have befw11s4v4_fw_1457.zip which contains the bin file and tftp. But reverting to v1.50.10 from v1.52.02 seemed to help the streaming problem. I say "seemed to" since I only used it for two weeks after the downgrade and then replaced the it with a WRT54G v4. Now the BEFW11S4 sits on the shelf waiting patiently as a backup.
Thanks for the emailed hint but you really should have posted the info you sent me. It seems that the BEFW11S4 stuff is misplaced in: ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pub/befsr41/ directory. The V4 collection includes: 1.45.7 1.50.10 1.45.3 at the bottom of the directory list.
On Mon, 18 Sep 2006 13:52:52 -0400, Froggie the Gremlin wrotd:
Well, I finished all my testing with this router and have declared it an "ofishul" POS. After having followed all channels of possible relief for the symptomatic disconnects shown by this router (many firmware versions, etc.), I have decided (as others have, I believe) that it will never work reliably even in my limited internet applications (mostly extensive downloading). I want to thank everyone for all their help... and if anyone needs a slightly used LinkSys BEFW11S4 v4 WAP/switch/router, feel free to lemme know...