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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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#31
I still don't know why it's important, but I just got mine today and can confirm it is V1.
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#32
Quote from Xsabre View Post :
Scratching head... if you don't need USB support why ask if it works

Because I want it. But do not need it. Just like I want a new Ferrari.. But I don't need it. It would be nice to connect the drives to the router and not my pc.

I got mine yesterday. It's still going on the stock updated firmware.
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Quote from NickB2B View Post :
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. 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.

Now to play around with the QOS settings. Any ideas on optimal settings for VOIP and NNTP?
You sir are a gentlemen and scholar...worked exactly as you stated.
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#34
Thanks for the feedback. Gave the first one away and have another coming tomorrow.
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#35
Looking here and "over there", everyone has received Rev. 1 with a gigabit switch.
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#36
No brainer for a router with gigabit switch and DD-WRT support at this price.
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#37
Well looks like i bricked mine. Followed the instructions in the wiki. Got DDWRT loaded but after loading tomato the router is unresponsive. Tried a 30/30/30 and nothing.
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#38
How are you trying to connect to the router. Try giving yourself a static IP of 192.168.1.8 and then try to connect to 192.168.1.1 and turn on DHCP.
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Quote from NickB2B View Post :
How are you trying to connect to the router. Tomato has a different ip address than dd-wrt. Try giving yourself a static IP of 192.168.1.8 and then try to connect to 192.168.1.1.
Thank you NickB2B.

I bricked mine when changed IP from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.6.1 under Tomato, then reboot.

After several 30/30/30 hard rests, found out the IP was still at 192.168.1.1, and DHCP was turned off.

Switched back to DD WRT Maga instead. Now the router works like a charm.
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Quote from acura1203 View Post :
Thank you NickB2B.

I bricked mine when changed IP from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.6.1 under Tomato, then reboot.

After several 30/30/30 hard rests, found out the IP was still at 192.168.1.1, and DHCP was turned off.

Switched back to DD WRT Maga instead. Now the router works like a charm.

Glad to hear your back in business. I just got my second router today and went through the same process I posted in the wiki and it worked like a charm.
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Quote from axiom View Post :
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.
Erm... Since when do Cisco 2600 series routers have gigabit support?
Perhaps you're thinking 2800 series? And it's been confirmed that this does have gigabit LAN, not just WAN
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Quote from yurkinator View Post :
Well looks like i bricked mine. Followed the instructions in the wiki. Got DDWRT loaded but after loading tomato the router is unresponsive. Tried a 30/30/30 and nothing.
Is the green light illuminated on the top? I noticed it takes about 30 to 60 seconds for it to "boot up" once you plug it in. I thought mine was dead at first, but then I just let it sit for a minute and the light came on. Also, as was just mentioned, you'll need to turn on DHCP while you are plugged into the LAN port. This may be why you couldn't connect.

Nick
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#43
I thinik this is where a lot of people are having a problem. I couldn't connect after I got Tomato loaded either. I did the 30/30/30 then switched the IP address on my PC a few times and it finally worked. Then set DHCP enable on the router and have been running for 2 days perfectly.
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Quote from NickB2B View Post :
How are you trying to connect to the router. Try giving yourself a static IP of 192.168.1.8 and then try to connect to 192.168.1.1 and turn on DHCP.
That did it thanks! I was tried to connect using 192.168.2.8 / 192.168.2.1 like in the instructions and that didnt work.

All is well now.
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Quote from bugalugs View Post :
who has a >100M broadband service....
Big Grin

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