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NETGEAR WGR614 Series Serial Numbers - Version Cross Reference

One of your readers requested a Version to Serial Number Cross Reference List to determine which version of the router one has based on the serial number of the router. I was also interested in finding out the same information. I was able to gather the following information by examining stock at local dealers, information provided by the NETGEAR Pre Sales Department and some additional information I had in my files.

Unmasking the NETGEAR WGR614L Bootloader and Flash

After a week or so of hacking the WGR614L, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the information that I have learned along the way. This is by no means a definitive guide; rather, it is more of a collection of some interesting facts and background about the hardware and the bootloader, as well as providing some assistance with using my improved flash utility for the router.

Review and Description of the Broadcom BCM5354 Chipset

The BCM5354 achieves the lowest cost and highest performance router system-on-chip (SoC) integration for residential and small office, home office (SOHO) markets OPTIMIZED 802.11G ROUTER WITH BROADRANGE FEATURES.

How To Switch Firmwares on the NETGEAR WGR614L Without A Serial Cable

Recently it seems that quite a few users are using the firmwares published in this site and are very excited to test different versions and varieties of these firmwares.  However, most of the third party firmwares will not accept 'chk' images from their web interface, and the 614L boodloader accepts only ‘chk’ style images.

DD-WRT V24-SP1 for WGR614L: Review and Installation Instructions

A much more stable and functional version of DD-WRT v24-SP1 for WGR614L is available now and you can download it here.  Please use this version instead of the previous ones, if you want to run DD-WRT on WGR614L, as many of the bugs found in previous versions have been resolved.

This version works on both the NA (North American) and WW (Worldwide) versions of the WGR614L. These routers are loaded with different bootloaders - but the hardware is exactly the same.

Overview of NETGEAR DG834 ADSL Modem/Router/Switch

The NETGEAR DS834 is a super-versatile and flexible router that contains four networking solutions into one nice, functional package.  No need for a separate modem – it connects directly into your ADSL line. Built-in Port Forwarding settings, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP™) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through make it simple to play Internet games, send instant messages, and host Internet services. The user interface matches your local language (English, French, German or Italian). Works with PCs, Macintosh,® and virtually all Ethernet devices, and comes with an Ethernet cable for connecting your first computer. 

XAVB101 Powerline AV Adapter Kit From NETGEAR: Review and Unboxing

Maybe you have a really large home.  Or, it could be that you need a high-speed, hard-wired connection for your video streaming devices.  It could even be because your laptop doesn't have a Wi-Fi connection.

One way or another, there's too many reasons to list why you might consider picking up a Powerline AV Adapter kit.  The XAVB101 Powerline Ethernet Adapter Kit from NETGEAR, which contains two XAV101 units, can help solve many of your networking issues.

I can sum up the Powerline kit in two words: simple and effective.

Configuring Guest SSID using My OpenRouter Independent Firmware Build

This article will tell you how to configure your guest SSID with the new MyOpenRouter independent firmware for the WGR614L.  Let's get started!

What is a Guest SSID?

A Guest SSID allows users to assign two SSID's for a single wireless interface. It will behave as if you have two network interfaces. Let's take a real life problem where this feature can be of great value.

Overview of NETGEAR WGT624 Super-G Wireless Router

Have you been looking to speed up your Wireless-G network?  The NETGEAR WGT624 delivers network performance beyond what you're used to - with up to twice the speed and four times the range of your standard 802.11g connection.

You'll also be kept safe with double firewall protection!

Features of the NETGEAR WGT624

WGR614L Firmware Choices Compared

A number of various firmwares are now available for the NETGEAR WGR614L router. Tomato and DD-WRT have already been released, and developers are working on Open-WRT also. Besides these, a customized MyOpenRouter independent firmware build is also available!

Recover Your WGR614L Using a Serial Console & Windows

Hopefully, you will never have to do this, but if you are like me and like to work on the bleeding edge of technology - sometimes things happen. (Of course, you might just enjoy getting down to the core with your new serial console, too!)

So, you've "bricked" your WGR614L, either through too much tinkering or just a fluke. You may have tried tftp through your network cable, you just can't get a ping or for any reason can't get it going again. Rather than panic, you can access your router by using a serial console!

Blocking the Internet with NETGEAR Routers

After I set up my new KWGR614 open source router, I thought it was time to add in our "No Internet after 9:00 PM" rule for one of the kids. I wanted to see if it was as easy to set up as my old router, and how the KWGR614 would handle it.

After looking around a bit, I decided the best way to do this was to block port 80 to the kids' machine after 9:00PM. To surf the web, you need port 80 open on most machines and setups. If that port is closed, you cannot get to the internet.

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