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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

unlockedshaders 494 March 28, 2012 at 03:36 PM in Computers (10) More Expansys Deals
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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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#46
Quote from TrystinJ View Post :
Big Grin

Last Result:
Download Speed: 119400 kbps (14925 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 74317 kbps (9289.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 7 ms
Sat Apr 07 2012 12:50:54 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time)
Eat my dust.
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1881238551.png [speedtest.net]
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#47
Very nice indeed sir. Fiber connection?
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#48
Belkin..... ill stay away lol
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#49
Tomato support made it a lock for me, picked up 2 to setup for my parents Smilie

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?
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#50
Is the power brick on the unit large or just the size of one outlet?
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#51
Quote from TrystinJ View Post :
Very nice indeed sir. Fiber connection?
Indeed. Sadly, not my home connection (at work presently).
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#52
Added DHCP step to the wiki. Router has been working great simultaneously streaming Netflix, web traffic, and VOIP.
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#53
Quote from HaloFans View Post :
Is the power brick on the unit large or just the size of one outlet?
Bigger then a single outlet.
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#54
Seems the Paypal payment option disappeared!
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#55
I'm in for 1, looks like a great replacement router with dd-wrt big or mega. However, I am interested in trying out Tomato, looks like toastman is running fine, does anyone know if shibby works on it? The built-in BT client seems like a cool idea.
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#56
Questions! Im looking for something with a good range, something around ~30ft going through a few walls, would this be adequate? Also Im not ganna do anything crazy with this just ganna connect it to my modem and thats it, will I run into problems with the vanilla software or do I really need to install Tomato, etc?

TIA
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#57
I have this Belkin router connected to a lan port on my Netgear 3500L. I could get to the internet with the mega DD-WRT build, but with the tomato tomato-K26USB-1.28.7497.1MIPSR2-Toastman-RT-Ext.trx build I cannot get to the internet. Is it the DHCP enable that is not set on with tomato firmware that is different than the dd-wrt megabuild setting that is causing this? I know I can attach the Belkin directly to my cable-modem, but I would like to test it out for a while before I go live with Tomato.
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I have this Belkin router connected to a lan port on my Netgear 3500L. I could get to the internet with the mega DD-WRT build, but with the tomato tomato-K26USB-1.28.7497.1MIPSR2-Toastman-RT-Ext.trx build I cannot get to the internet. Is it the DHCP enable that is not set on with tomato firmware that is different than the dd-wrt megabuild setting that is causing this? I know I can attach the Belkin directly to my cable-modem, but I would like to test it out for a while before I go live with Tomato.
I believe the newer Tomato builds have DHCP disabled on default.
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#59
Do we have to change the IP from 0.0.0.0 to something else (ex. 192.168.2.1) in order for DHCP to be enabled?

The default username and password after loading tomato is admin/admin. I had to look it up, so hopefully that will help those who don't already know.
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#60
I am getting about 54mbit/s sustain throughput over wireless N. Wireless N requires WMM fyi for those that do not know. It took me a while to find out.

About 5MByte/sec over USB. This is a a very nice router indeed. I got 2 more add a total to 4 routers for myself. Stick Out Tongue dirt cheap for wireless bridging and printer setup. Range is nice and doesn't run as hot as my WNR2000. FYI!!! This has the same chipset at the linksys e4200.
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