How To Configure NETGEAR WNR3500L for Optimum Wireless Performance

In order to get the optimum performance in either 802.11n or g, you will need to configure the wireless mode and channel of your WNR3500L a certain way - depending on the mode your client (i.e., laptop, netbook, mobile phone, MID, PDA, etc.)  Follow the instructions below to maximize the performance of your router, and don't forget to post if you have any questions!

Quick Review and Specifications of NETGEAR WNR3500Lv2 Gigabit Open Source Router

The NETGEAR N300 Wireless Gigabit Router is ideal for both professional and personal Internet use, providing Gigabit for ultra-fastwired connections and Wireless-N for better wireless speed and range. Storage for downloads is easy with ReadySHARE™ for shared access to a USB storage device.

Why Would I Flash My WNR3500L, and Which Firmware Should I Choose?


If you're new to all of this, or just happened upon this community in your Google searching about your new WNR3500L, WNDR3700, or whichever--it might seem just a bit intimidating. DLNA? DD-WRT? Tomato? I thought tomatoes were fruits? (or vegetables?)

Toastman's Tomato USB Firmware on the NETGEAR WNR3500L

Toastman is a huge contributor to the linksysinfo.org forums and has created a version of Tomato for the WNR3500L.

Installation and Quick Review of Tomato 1.27.9045 BETA 10 Firmware for WNR3500L

The Tomato router firmware is well known in the open source community for being simple, lean, and full of useful features.  The newest builds of this firmware have a bandwidth monitor, advanced QOS and access settings, and tons more. 

So, are you interested in trying a newer beta version of this software on your NETGEAR WNR3500L?  Read on for simple installation instructions and a preview of what Tomato can offer. 

***Note that at this time, the available builds of Tomato that are compatible with WNR3500L are in early beta form, and as always, there is a risk involving in testing such firmware.  Features may be missing or poorly implemented, etc.***

How to Hard Reset Your NETGEAR WNR3500L

One question that I have seen come up frequently on the forums, and also needed myself, is how to "properly" reset my NETGEAR open source router in the event of a lockup of some kind.  This happened to me on an experimental install of DD-WRT, and I thought that there was no hope short of debricking the router using a special cable.  However, after speaking with some experts, I discovered there are other methods to try first.

How To Reflash Factory Firmware on the NETGEAR WRN3500L Without A Serial Cable

When you upgrade to DD-WRT on your WNR3500L, you'll find that the new firmware requires a file that ends with the BIN extension, if you ever want to upgrade or change your firmware from that point.

So, if you decide, for example, to revert back to the original NETGEAR firmware - you can't because that firmware has a filename that ends in CHK.

As such, this makes it harder to change back. One way to do it is to use a serial console, but if you don't have one... here's a way to accomplish it in Windows without one.

Fortunately, included in the DD-WRT firmware is an erase utility that will wipe the firmware and allow you to upload a new one.

How To Install Tomato Firmware 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. Along with other builds of ready made firmware, a BETA version of the ultra-stable Tomato firmware is available.

What is Tomato Anyway?

Besides actually being a fruit, rather than a vegetable, Tomato is a router firmware with a reputation for being super stable and useful. It features an easy to navigate GUI, bandwidth monitoring features, as well as a whole host of other useful bits. Read more about the Tomato firmware at the official site.