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Belkin Sharemax N300 300Mbps 802.11n 4-Port Gigabit Wireless Router w/ 2 USB Ports, DD-WRT, Tomato - $22 Shipped UPDATED

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Expansys [expansys-usa.com] has the Belkin Share Max N300 Wireless N+ Router, model # F7D7301 which is a rebadged F7D3301. Router has a 4 port gigabit ethernet hub, 2 USB ports, and Belkin's so-called "MIMO". Reviews of the stock router are summarily horrible, but the hardware specs and DD-WRT + Tomato compatibility are worth a look.

$21.99 shipped, no tax except for Illinois. PayPal checkout available.

Hardware specs for v1:
Broadcom BCM4716 rev1
453 MHz CPU
8 MB Flash
64 MB RAM
2x USB 2.0
WPS Button

As of 5/17, all the routers shipped thus far have had a Gigabit switch.
There's no indication that expansys would ship you a different revision without a gigabit switch.

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Last Edited by graymen2 February 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Sorry, this product no longer exists
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Excerpt taken from new post (linked above). If you are having trouble getting the CFE upload page to accept the DD-WRT firmware:
NOTE: If you have problems get CFE Web Browser to flash the firmware (e.g. "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" when uploading), you can also try flashing the ** MINI ** build through the Belkin routers firmware update page.. Understand that even though other users have performed the flash successfully, it is generally agreed upon that it is best to use CFE or TFTP to flash DD-WRT firmware onto this router.. Without saying, proceed at YOUR OWN RISK..

Highly recommended that you go to the new post for latest info on flashing firmware, etc.

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N300 User Manual, DD-WRT alternative firmware (recommended), Firmware flashing instructions & tips.

User Manual F7D3301 v1 [belkin.com]


DD-WRT K2.6 Build Features [dd-wrt.com]

Quote from NickB2B View Post :
Just loaded the latest Toastman Tomato firmware. Here's the process I followed (merged some of the Amazon review tutorial with some other info I found on the net). I'm going off of memory here, so if someone wants to replicate this and add to the wiki be my guest.


1) Go here: http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/other-downloads?path=others%2Feko%2FV24-K26%2Fsvn15396%2F

Download: dd-wrt.v24-15396_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_f7d3301.bin

2) Go here: http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/toastman-releases-1-28-7493-4-5-6-7.36106/

Use the Mediafire link in the second post and download the build of your choice (I used the EXT version that has USB and NTFS support):
tomato-K26USB-1.28.7497.1MIPSR2-Toastman-RT-Ext.trx
  • CFE menu only works when Belkin firmware is installed.
  • If you already have Tomato or DD-WRT on this router, use administrator pages to upload factory firmware to go back to Belkin firmware

--Get into 'CFE Menu' Shortcut - Unplug the router. Hold down the reset button while plugging in the router. Let go of the reset button. (Credit to HaloFans).

Keep the reset button pressed in for the next three steps:
3) While the unit is powered on Press the reset button for 30 secs
4) Keeping the reset button pressed, unplug the power (do not let up on the reset button)
5) Plug the power back in and wait for another 30 secs
6) You can now let up on the reset button

Once the router is in this mode you will have access to a special "CFE menu".

7) Plug your desktop/laptop into port 1,2,3, or 4 and set your IP Address to 192.168.2.8 with a gateway of 192.168.2.1
8) Point your IE browser/Chrome (Do not use Firefox) to 192.168.2.1 and CFE menu will be available.
9) Load the bin file you downloaded in step 1

10) It will take about 5 minutes to load dd-wrt. After 5 minutes I opened a new tab and was able to connect to 192.168.1.1. (I think I had to reset my ip address back to dhcp in order to connect).

11) When logging into the ww-drt interface for the first time it prompts you for a password, I cleared the password just to be safe. (no need for a password if you are going to install tomato over it)

12) Navigate to the firmware upload screen and then load the trx file from step 2. I selected the option to reset the settings after flash.

13) I've seen mention of doing another 30/30/30 reset at this point but I skipped this as I think the reset settings option during the flash does the same thing.

13a) Enter the login: admin pass: admin to login to Tomato

14) Enable DHCP in the Tomato interface. You might have to reset your static IP to 192.168.1.8 in order to connect in and make this change.

NOTE: when cycling power to the router it can take up to 60 seconds before it's "booted up" and the green light is on. Be patientSmilie

Now to play around with the QOS settings. Any ideas on optimal settings for VOIP and NNTP?


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This was such a awesome deal! Just wanted to give back a little and make this deal even better.


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In this blog posting, I'm going to show you how to setup Apple AirPlay on a router running TomatoUSB firmware. This will allow you to stream music from your iOS device or iTunes to speakers plugged into your router over your wireless network.



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The intent of the tutorial is to provide you with the quickest and least painful step-by-step process for setting up a secure, yet simple Site to Site VPN between two locations, allowing resources to be accessed and shared from both locations.
Client to Site VPN can also easily be added.

All under 30 minutes!

Video Proof! http://youtu.be/QsaYzgOIn6w
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#3
Bought one to use with dd-wrt.

I will be following this person's method for flashing the router:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R1O3...hisHelpful
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#4
The 8MB TomatoUSB builds and derivatives should also work fine, not sure if you'll need to flash to DD-WRT first.
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Quote from beastialmaster View Post :
Bought one to use with dd-wrt.

I will be following this person's method for flashing the router:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R1O3...hisHelpful
Reviews are horrible however, I am intrigued by the DD-WRT flashing. Will that help improve the stability of the router as well? Almost everyone is complaining about this devices' intermittent connectivity and I'm fairly certain they haven't tried DD-WRT.

What do you think?
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#6
only the wan port is gigabit. the rest are 10/100. Which is a pity because wouldn't you rather have it the other way around. ie: faster performance on the lan.... who has a >100M broadband service....

Other thing to note is there are 3 versions of this unit. v1000/v2000/v3000 and there have been reports of bricked routers with both dd-wrt/tomato so beware.
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Quote from ehong33234 View Post :
Reviews are horrible however, I am intrigued by the DD-WRT flashing. Will that help improve the stability of the router as well? Almost everyone is complaining about this devices' intermittent connectivity and I'm fairly certain they haven't tried DD-WRT.

What do you think?
My suspicion is similar to yours-- the negative reviews reflect the poor stock firmware that comes with router and flashing to DD-WRT will make this a reliable router.

I read all the reviews on Amazon and Newegg, which total to less than 10, the reviews in which the router is flashed to DD-WRT have been positive. Furthermore, DD-WRT forum users have positive experience with these. Below is another method for flashing DD-WRT on this router:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/view...c0c#492842

I don't think this method is capable of supporting external harddrives whereas the Amazon one is.
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#8
You could grab a gigabit switch to network the house, then uplink it to the router.
And since the usb port is only 2.0, any external drive that you plug into would be
quite slow, and that would most likely be the only bottleneck.
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Quote from bugalugs View Post :
only the wan port is gigabit. the rest are 10/100..
Interesting, where did you get this information? Per Belkin's manual for the v1:
Quote from Belkin :
Integrated 4-Port Gigabit Switch
Your Router has a built-in, 4-port network switch to allow your wired computers to share: printers, data, MP3 files, digital photos, and much more.
Otherwise, that's some terribly worded literature they put out.

Quote from Number7 View Post :
And since the usb port is only 2.0, any external drive that you plug into would be quite slow, and that would most likely be the only bottleneck.
True, but par for the course for the last generation of USB capable routers. I'm only aware of a few Buffalo and recently launched D-Link routers that are USB 3.0 capable.
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#10
Thanks was looking for a new router to run DD-WRT on to replace my old WRT54GL. This should do nicely at a great price for the specs.
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#11
Just pulled the trigger on one. Not sure when it will get here but looking forward to the DD-WRT and Tomato hacks.
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#12
b@stards they dont allow shipping to freight forwarders
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#13
Tanga also had this listed yesterday for $19.99 + 4.99 shipping.
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#14
LOL the LAN is 10/100 then why do they call it gigabit?
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Quote from nutcr0cker View Post :
LOL the LAN is 10/100 then why do they call it gigabit?
Just plugged my laptop into LAN port 4 and got a gigE connection.
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