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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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Last Edited by unlockedshaders May 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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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#16
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/suppor...vn15396%2F

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

2) Go here: http://www.linksysinfo.org/index....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

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 (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.

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.

Now to play around with the QOS settings. Any ideas on optimal settings for VOIP and NNTP?
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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/suppor...vn15396%2F

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

2) Go here: http://www.linksysinfo.org/index....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

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 (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.

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.

Now to play around with the QOS settings. Any ideas on optimal settings for VOIP and NNTP?
After flashing how's the overall experience? Please share.
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#18
was $18 from a blocked merchant few days ago
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#19
I ordered it but cancelled as soon as I saw the comment on the thread about only gigabit on the WAN port. Completely retarded. If I'm needing gigabit speed support on my WAN then I'll be running a Cisco 2600 series.
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#20
Can we get some confirmation on whether or not the LAN ports are gigabit? Conflicting information in the thread and my google-fu is not finding an answer.
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#21
It says "Integrated 4-Port Gigabit Switch."
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#22
In for one, $20 from a reliable seller is a nice deal and even though I don't really need a router it'll provide at least $20 worth of entertainment tweaking it and possibly a decent wireless repeater or bridge.
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#23
hmm i really want to pull the trigger on this but i know that Belkin products have a higher fail rate than other routers from my sales experience.... but i do really need a wireless repeater for my gf's house....
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#24
anyone know if you can still use the USB ports for hard drives if you flash Tomato?
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anyone know if you can still use the USB ports for hard drives if you flash Tomato?
I don't know for sure but I would say that it does.Toastman firmware has USB integrated so I don't see a reason it shouldn't work.

If this turns out to be v1 this could be the router deal of the month. Hoping the Belkin hardware just doesn't crap out within 6 months.
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Quote from Xsabre View Post :
I don't know for sure but I would say that it does.Toastman firmware has USB integrated so I don't see a reason it shouldn't work.

If this turns out to be v1 this could be the router deal of the month. Hoping the Belkin hardware just doesn't crap out within 6 months.

so that is a solid maybe. I don't need the usb support, but I do need the gigabit switch. So I'm in for one. Thanks!
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Quote from merkurfan View Post :
so that is a solid maybe. I don't need the usb support, but I do need the gigabit switch. So I'm in for one. Thanks!
Scratching head... if you don't need USB support why ask if it works
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#28
Ordered before they hiked price to $21.99.

Anyone figure out how to tell what Version we have? Is it listed on the box or router?
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Quote from Xsabre View Post :
If this turns out to be v1 this could be the router deal of the month. Hoping the Belkin hardware just doesn't crap out within 6 months.
Why is V1 important? Are other versions not compatible with open source firmware?
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#30
Quote from Trav06 View Post :
Why is V1 important? Are other versions not compatible with open source firmware?
It looks like people are starting to receive them and they are v1 as they have been able to flash DD-WRT and Tomato.

I get my tomorrow. I will report back once I have flashed and used it for a few days.

I am going with Tomato like every other router I have had. worship
Last edited by Xsabre April 4, 2012 at 06:22 PM
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