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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.

DD-WRT for NETGEAR WGR614L Installation Guide

It's great to see the official release of DD-WRT for the NETGEAR WGR614L. The firmware can be downloaded from this page. Below are the steps to install this firmware to the NETGEAR WGR614L.

WNHDEB111 Wireless-N Networking Kit by NETGEAR - Review and Unboxing

Recently, myself and Matt Whitlock, from, were able to test out the new WNHDEB111 Wireless-N Networking Kit (or "bridge" as some call it) from NETGEAR. Historically, my experiences with networking have usually been rife with stress and difficulties in getting everything to sync up and work properly.

Ping - Explained

If you have been just getting into routers, networking and upgrades, you probably have seen a lot of folks talk about pinging.

This should help you understand this utility.

PING is short for Packet InterNet Groper, ping is a utility used to verify if a network data packet is capable of being distributed to an address without errors. The ping utility is commonly used to check for network errors.

WGR614L and TFTP on Windows

Using Windows to send an image to your WGR614L is a little more tricky than using Linux. The reason why is because of how the CFE works or is designed - the CFE is the bootloader for the router. It initializes all the basic components on your router, then it looks for a image to boot.

The bootloader basically only waits 3 seconds. If you have not sent or started a tftp session in that time, or at that time, it closes tftp and tries to boot the image that is already on it.

WGR614L Router Setup and Installation Guide

This article will show you how to install and configure your NETGEAR WGR614L for most standard setups.

For most folks, the installation is very easy and can be done in just a few minutes. But, If you have a more complicated setup as I do, this article will also answer some of your questions, and help you get going.

If this is the first time you are hooking up a router into your system, or if you have a small and non-complicated setup, NETGEAR makes it fairly easy with their Setup Wizard.

NETGEAR's Lineup of Wireless-N Routers

Has your home network been falling a little short lately? Been feeling the "need for speed" when playing your online games, streaming HD video, or making Internet phone calls?

If so, you'll want to try one of NETGEAR's next-generation Wireless-N routers. These routers are designed to give you the best in network performance and range, by utilizing the features of the new Wireless-N standard. Click here to learn more about Wireless-N and how it can benefit you!

Wireless-N: More Speed and Range For Your Network

Wireless networking has become so common in the average household; virtually everyone is connected to the internet wirelessly with their laptops, game consoles, and other devices. More recently, it's become important for users to have the speed to stream large quantities of data - either for HD video, VoIP, online gaming, or even all of those at the same time. With standard 802.11b or g equipment, this can be pretty tough to do smoothly.

Data Sheet: WNHDE111 Wireless-N Bridge

KWGR614 Open Source Router Installation and Setup

After years of using Linksys WRT54G routers, I decided that it was time to look into a newer setup for my system. I'm not currently having any problems, but my routers are the old V2 & V3 versions. They're no longer being manufactured, and if they went bad - I would have to buy either a new version of the Linksys, or an alternative.

I also use my netowrk quite heavily (you'll see why in a moment) and don't want to risk down time if one of my routers went bad.

WGR614L Hardware Specifications

Here's some detailed information about the newest open source router, the WGR614L, coming soon from Netgear. This platform is well suited to community developed firmware packages such as DD-WRT, Tomato, and others.

WGR614L Hardware Specifications

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 4.7 in (175.3 x 27.94 x 119.4 mm)
  • Weight: 0.26 kg (0.57 lb)

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