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.

WGR614L Firmware Upgrade Using Console and Bootloader

As a developer what saves my board and day most of the time is the serial console and boot-loaders’ ability to download/upload firmware. Even when the something goes badly wrong with the firmware you just compiled - you can use the boot loader to get back to a running firmware and try to debug your under development firmwares.

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!

WGR614L Firmware Image Creation

Some of you have already noticed that WGR614L firmware uses a .chk extension. Let us go through the steps that is needed to create a firmware image in .chk format.

Most of the broadcom hardware uses a TRX style fimware. Netgear's WGR614L linux based open source router's .chk is also based on the same TRX format - but does add the following interesting improvements

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)

Wireless Speeds

WGR614L Software Specifications

The NETGEAR Wireless-G open source router (WGR614L) is a customizable open source product. At its heart is a Linux operating system, which can be customized and modified at will by users to arrive at customer software applications or to achieve custom functionality / optimizations.

The WGR614L is running Linux 2.4.20.

The following table lists the functional modules of the WGR614L router and the source and versions of the different modules. More information on these functional modules can be obtained directly from the source of the packages.

WGR614L - Router for developers

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