Netgear WNDR4300 with DD-WRT

Netgear WNDR4300 with DD-WRT

Yesterday I decided to update my netgear router with dd-wrt software/firmware.
The main reason I wanted to experiment with dd-wrt is that it has so much more options and controls then the stock firmware netgear offers. While the original firmware is very good, using something as syslogging to an external device and wallwatcher is not possible.

So I headed to the dd-wrt site: http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index

Search router database

And search for my router: http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database> wndr4300 and found it was supported.

Download img file

I downloaded the img file and opened a web browser to my router: should be something like 192.168.1.1 depending on your settings.

Now I did do 2 things before the actual flashing.

  • I checked online for any problems or horror stories people had with either flashing and/or flashing this specific router. I found out that this particular model had a build in recovery mode, you press the reset button while the router is starting and in theory (I never had to test this) your stock firmware should flash over whatever you have installed. In essence this is a non brickable router.
  • The second thing I did was shut every network appliance off or changed to mobile network instead of wifi, I unplugged every Ethernet cable from my router and connected my laptop to the router. So basically my laptop was the only device connected (with a cable) to the router.

Next I browsed to the firmware update screen, selected the file I downloaded earlier and began flashing (and crossing my fingers).

Flash img file

After a couple of minutes I got an page not found on my browser but did get a new IP address. So I just went to the standard ip 192.168.1.1 (my network had 3.x before so thatโ€™s why I got the page not found) and was greeted with a dd-wrt page prompting me to change my password. Great success ๐Ÿ™‚ !

DD-WRT status page

Next configuring the router settings…

6 thoughts on “Netgear WNDR4300 with DD-WRT

  1. I have the same router and want to install DD-WRT. Little confused. They said to do a 30 30 30 reset on the router after flashing DD-WRT. Won't that set this router back to factory firmware if you do that? Like you said, This router is non brickable even though you have not tried the factory reset. I understand we don't know that for sure. Did you do the 30 30 30 reset? Also, Did you do a factory reset before installing DD-WRT? Any input would be helpful. Thanks.

  2. Hi sorry for the late reply, I was away on holiday.

    Before installing I didn't do a restore from factory settings. I just went to the update screen and installed the firmware. Now doing a reset before wouldn't hurt I think and would probably be even better.

    After installing I didn't do any sort of reset, I looked up the 30 30 30 reset (http://forum1.netgear.com/showthread.php?t=62062) and while I don't think it's the firmware reinstall that would be triggered ( that would be more this way I recon: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/9665), I would just see if it works. I did do a reboot and then just navigated to the gateway address.

    Keep me informed if you want, I would love to know how it went.

  3. I have this same router and did the same exact procedure as you and it works great however the web interface crashes seemingly quite often. I have to SSH/telnet in and restart the httpd service in order to bring it back alive. not sure what I'm doing wrong. didn't do a 30/30/30.

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