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Wireless Internet forum: Firmware update for wireless router... .bin file?

by: tech disadvantaged November 9, 2009 4:52 PM PST

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Firmware update for wireless router... .bin file?

by tech disadvantaged - 11/9/09 4:52 PM

I'm in way over my head here as usual with computer issues. I have a Linksys WRT110 router, which always worked fine to support my wife's laptop while I was on my personal PC. However, when I began working from home, and added my work computer and wireless printer to the wireless network, the wireless basically grinds to a halt.

Looking at my wireless connection status, the signal strength always shows 'excellent' but the speed goes from 54.0 Mbps down to 1 Mbps, and the internet connection on my home PC (not wireless) sometimes shows a yellow yeild simbol and reads 'limited connectivity.' My ISP provider (Comcast) tested my signal and determined it is strong.

After searching for possible fixes to my speed problem, I think my router may need a firmware update. I visited Linksys and in fact there are several updates available. The steps on the Linksys site, the instructions indicated that a .zip file would be downloaded, and I followed the download steps. However, the file that actually downloaded through the update is "FW_WRT110_WRT100_1.0.05.003_EN_20080708.bin" and when I try opening the downloaded doc I get a message that reads: "Windows has the following information about this file type. This page will help you find software needed to open your file.

File Type: Binary Data File

File Extension: .bin

Description: No known program will open this file. This file is part of a program."

After doing some additional ivestigation on what a .bin file is, and how it is opened, I'm not sure what to do next. Most of the resources say this is some sort of image file, which makes me wonder how that will do a firmware update. A few people recommended downloading "poweriso" to open a bin file, but I don't want to spend $29.99 to download this program if my only use of that service is an ability to open a useless file which doesn't solve my speed problem. My wife is pushing just to get a more powerful router, but I don't want to do that if it is unnecessary. I have not been told this router is insufficient for my uses.

Can anyone advise me whether it makes sense that the firmware update left a .bin file? Is there a free solution to open that file?

In case it matters, my equipment is:

HP PC running Vista (not using wireless)
HP laptop running vista (using wireless)
Dell laptop running XP (using wireless)
HP 4-in-on print/copy/fax/scan (using wireless)

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