|First Why the
I did it
to gain control and enhance features beyond what is offered in low
cost home routers. I selected the Netgear WNR3500L because;
Port “Translation” the
factory firmware will not do port shifts to defeat hackers.
Fast internal processor
453Mhz vs. 66Mhz for most others at this price level.
USB accessories, including
Cost less than $80 (on the street,
Jan 2011) but compares to routers costing hundreds more in features
More control over wireless.
Be careful here as the chip runs hot if overdone in power output,
more than 70mw is silly with internal antennas as the "bleed over"
kills the router speed. And you will need to add a heat sync to keep
the chip cool enough to live. More info;
I did this and it worked the 1st
time on my Netgear WNR3500L!
Setup and update you router with the
factory firmware (Automatic) and do a
and download this kit
WNR3500L-Netgear/3500L/3500L-Upgrade-kit.zip (contains all files
Flash with mini DD-WRT; I used
(MINI Version in kit).
Reboot Router 30-30-30
Flash with the full “Big” DD-WRTI used
dd-wrt.v24-14929_NEWD-2_K2.6_big.bin (In Kit)
(Reboot router again
with 30-30-30) – This ran slow in throughput testing compared with
stock firmware, but I liked the interface very much. I was tempted
to keep this but it was to slow in testing.
Flash with Tomato version; I used
(In kit) This new version was much faster in everything in actual
testing, I am very happy with this upgrade. Note it has USB support.
(Reboot router again
with 30-30-30 and see note below) and it should be ready to
setup and use.
5. New; version of Tomato USB
(Read before you start);
Password changes at each flash so
have them ready.
NO file renaming is required with this
method (above "kit").
Take your time, each flash takes a good
deal of time to install >5min.
I used “Firefox” mostly but at one point
I tried Explorer when I could not get my passwords to work for
“Tomato”, “Opera” solved the problem of cached passwords and let me
in. I could have just flushed the browser cache in “Firefox” if I
had only known.
Mindach; I have done several now
(Jan, 2011) and all with great results!
Tomato Firmware v1.28.9054 MIPSR2-beta K26 USB Ext
USB support integration and GUI,
Linux kernel 126.96.36.199 and Broadcom Wireless Driver 188.8.131.52
support for additional router models and Wireless-N mode.
Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Fedor Kozhevnikov and Ray Van Tassle
Based on Tomato Firmware v1.28
Copyright (C) 2006-2010 Jonathan Zarate
Built on Tue, 30 Nov 2010 14:25:48 -0500