Installing and Getting Started with DD-WRT on NETGEAR WNR3500L

Once you get your hands on the NETGEAR WNR3500L, you'll probably be pretty tempted to start hacking away; unleashing the power of this brand new open source monster.  Fortunately, the WNR3500L already has several distributions of DD-WRT that are easy to install and use, and are perfect for either a first step into open source networking, or as a powerful solution for Linux junkies.

How To Debrick Your NETGEAR WNR3500L Using A USB-TTL Cable on Windows

So you've gone and done it... you've bricked your WNR3500L.  Nothing sinks the spirits like constantly flashing lights and endless reboot loops.  However, don't lose hope or get frustrated - there's a solution to your woes, and it's called a serial console.

Before you think that this is too complicated for you, read on.  It's actually quite simple, but there are several steps involved that require completion exactly as stated.  Remember, you perform these steps at your own risk, but rest assured that I have followed these exact steps to great success and that you should be able to duplicate them.  The instructions that follow are for use on Windows systems.

Recover Your Bricked NETGEAR WGR614L/v8/v9 Using TFTP

It's happened to all of us at some point - you flash your router with experimental or new firmware and find that something gets corrupted or you have a bad firmware build.  You may already know that you can recover your WGR614L with a USB-TTL cable (serial console.)

NETGEAR's XAVB1004 Home Theater Networking Kit Makes Life Easy

Well, maybe not ALL aspects of your life, but it certainly turns networking your home theater from a big project to something much simpler.  The kit contains one XAV101 Powerline Ethernet Adapter and an XAV1004 - a Powerline AV Adapter with an Ethernet switch.

NETGEAR's WNDR3700 Is The Ultimate Networking Machine

Bring the ultimate in performance to your home network with the WNDR3700, a stellar Wireless-N gigabit router from NETGEAR.  The 680 mHz (wow!) processor helps speed through networking tasks, and the dual band feature helps you avoid congestion on the airwaves.  It also makes it super easy to add additional storage to your network!

Getting Started with the NETGEAR WGR614L Wireless Router

Whether you're an aspiring networking expert or a seasoned open source vet, it's always a good thing to know where to start with any new piece of equipment - and the NETGEAR WGR614L Open Source Router is no exception.

NETGEAR WGR614L Router Review: Perfect for Hackers and Novices Alike

Have any of you every played the "cheap router shuffle?"  Those of you who have are laughing right now, remembering the $15 special they picked up online.  Given that I come from a long line of budget shoppers, I'd been stuck with one of these very special cheap routers, which got the job done but was rife with problems and plagued with horrible firmware.  Personally, I'm not a hacker, but was eager to try NETGEAR's WGR614L, a high performance Wireless-G router that has the added ability to upgrade to various third party open source firmwares, with endless potential.

NETGEAR WN111v2 Wireless-N USB 2.0 Network Adapter Quick Review

If you're in need of higher network speed in your home - either for industrial-strength internet browsing, multiplayer games, or streaming HD media - upgrading to Wireless-N is a great idea.  (For more on the differences between Wireless-G and Wireless-N, click here.)

 WN111 RangeMax Wireless-N Adapter

Should I Buy A Wireless-N Or Wireless-G Router?

A very common question on the community is - should I upgrade my router to Wireless-N?  Should I buy Wireless-N, or just stick with Wireless-G to save some much needed cash? Depending on your computing behaviors and what you are using your network for, Wireless-N can be a great solution.  Let's get a quick overview of Wireless N and G to see which one might work best for you.

802.11g - or Wireless-G

Creating a JTAG Cable For WGR614L - Access The Flash Directly

Building a JTAG cable can be helpful to those who have inadvertently "bricked" their WGR614L.  Generally, one would try the serial cable method first to try to revive the router, but if you need to bypass the software altogether and access the flash chip directly - the JTAG cable is your weapon of choice.

Here's the list of materials you will need to create your JTAG cable: