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
And search for my router: http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database> wndr4300 and found it was supported.
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).
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 that’s why I got the page not found) and was greeted with a dd-wrt page prompting me to change my password. Great success 🙂 !
Next configuring the router settings…