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Last Edited by unlockedshaders May 21, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Expansys [expansys-usa.com] has the Belkin Share Max N300 Wireless N+ Router, model # F7D7301 (rebadged F7D3301).
$21.99 shipped, no tax except for Illinois. PayPal checkout available.
Router is BRAND NEW.


Stock firmware is pretty bad, but SDers have generally had great success using this router with DD-WRT or Tomato! bounce

2012-05-21: "Stock Usually Ships In 3 Days"

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


Please check the wiki for information regarding 3rd party firmware!
Old thread for reference purposes.

Note: Thread was renewed per advice from serra, please moderate if inappropriate.

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Last Edited by rlgdtime June 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
General Information
User Manual F7D3301 v1 [belkin.com]

READ THE GUIDES BEFORE YOU FLASH!
DO NOT FLASH FIRMWARE OVER A WIRELESS CONNECTION!
ALWAYS FLASH OVER A WIRED ETHERNET CONNECTION!
ALWAYS FLASH USING A STATIC IP ADDRESS!
YOU MUST FLASH DD-WRT FIRST BEFORE YOU FLASH TOMATO!


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Flashing DD-WRT
Credits: RonR (FW)

Download these files before you start anything. F7D3301/F7D7301 ONLY!
1)MINI BUILD dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_f7d3301.bin [dd-wrt.com]
2)MEGA BUILD dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mega.bin [dd-wrt.com]
OR
3)BIG BUILD dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_big.bin [dd-wrt.com]

Once you have both files, make double sure that your PC is plugged into one of the four LAN ports on the back of the Belkin router, log into the Belkin router at 192.168.2.1 and set the factory defaults. Once that is done do a 30/30/30 reset (Hold reset button for 30 seconds, unplug power with reset button still held in for 30 seconds and plug power back in while still holding the reset button for 30 more seconds.)

Next, set your PC's static IP address to 192.168.2.8 with subnet 255.255.255.0
If you're using a NOTEBOOK make sure your DISABLE the WIFI radio before attempting this!
How to set your static ip. [howtogeek.com]

If you double checked and it's right refresh your browser at 192.168.2.1. You should now see a CFE Web Browser page that tells you to browse for a file. Browse for the file and point it to the dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_f7d3301.bin file first. Click upload it should tell you that it received the upload and it's now rebooting. *VERY IMPORTANT* DON'T DO ANYTHING ELSE FOR THE NEXT 5 to 10 minutes and make sure you don't reset the router etc. Don't wait for it to finish, just give it a good 10 minutes!

Once done, change the static IP address on your PC to 192.168.1.8 with the same subnet of 255.255.255.0

Now open your browser and go to 192.168.1.1 You should now see DD-WRT firmware. Now change the root password make sure you save it and then from the administration tab click on firmware upgrade. Point it to the file dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mega.bin OR dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_big.bin and click upgrade. This will take another 6 or so minutes roughly, so let it do it's job and come back in 10 minutes!

Once this completes you should be in eko's new mega build! Open up your browser to 192.168.1.1 and start using DD-WRT. For those who are going to use this router as a client bridge or repeater bridge, if your primary router is on 192.168.0.1 for example, you need to change the Belkins IP address to coincide with your primary router's network setup, so change it to 192.168.0.2 or something along the same path of 192.168.0.x..

Keep in mind, it takes about a minute for this sucker to boot and even show a first light. Don't worry if you plug it in and it appears dead, give it a while before you see the light come on.

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..

Flashing Tomato
Credits: NickB2B

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 [mediafire.com]
  • 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. (EDIT: I couldn't get it to work with chrome either. Had to use IE)
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?

Flashing OpenWRT
This section is a work in progress.
Patching OpenWRT Firmware for the N300 [blogspot.com]
Dev Discussion [openwrt.org]

Reverting Back to Belkin Firmware
Credits: bennor (FW)

There are two ways to revert back to the Belkin firmware. I've done it both ways. You will first need the Belkin firmware. My router initially came with 1.00.06. First step is to download the Belkin router firmware if you do not already have a copy of it.

Version 1.00.06 (Aug 14 2010): http://cache-www.belkin.com/suppo....00.06.bin
Or the newer firmware...
Version 1.00.08 (Dec 24 2010) : http://networking.belkin.com/upda....00.08.bin

The Easy Way if DD-WRT or TomatoUSB is Loaded:
Easiest way to update or revert back to the Belkin firmware is within either the DD-WRT or TomatoUSB administration page(s), go to the firmware update page and select the Belkin firmware you downloaded from the link(s) above, and then upload it to the router. Wait at least 5 minutes during which the router may reboot one or more times. After 5 minutes, configure your computer with the static IP 192.168.2.8, mask 255.255.255.0 and then log into the router's administration page at http://192.168.2.1. The Belkin status page should then load.

If for some reason the router behaves erratically (especially the wireless connection) do a 30-30-30 reset and go to the CFE web page and hit the clear/reset NVRAM link, then reboot the router.

The Longer Way:

Start by configuring your wired computer for the static IP 192.168.2.8, mask 255.255.255.0. Ensure your computer does not have any other network connection (like wireless) active while it is wired to the router. Remove any other wired connections to the router including the broadband modem if one is connected.

Do a 30-30-30 reset. press and hold in the reset button for 30 seconds, continue to hold the button in while you remove power to the router for 30 seconds, continue to hold in the reset button and reapply power and wait 30 more seconds. The router indicator light on the top front should be off.

Using Internet Explorer log into the router's CFE web page via http://192.168.2.1. Just to be safe I hit the clear/reset NVRAM link on the CFE page before uploading the firmware, don't know if this step is really needed. Select the browse button and locate the Belkin Firmware listed above and select the upload button. You should then be notified that the file has been uploaded (or something along those lines).
Wait at least 5 minutes. The router will reboot one or more times during the firmware update process.

When 5 minutes have passed, log back into the router at http://192.168.2.1 and (hopefully) you will be at the Belkin status page. You can then reconfigure as needed.

With the Belkin firmware loaded you can use the Belkin Setup, Router Monitor Software and Apps program (installed from the CD or the link below) to install/access any USB-router connected printers. Using the Belkin firmware/Apps program I can access all of the features (scanning, fax, etc.) of my USB-router connected HP Office Jet J5700 series multi-function printer.

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#226
I flashed from DD-WRT to Tomato but forgot to get the http password via puttytel. Now I cant login after the upgrade.

I also can't reach the CFE page either when I do a 30/30/30 reset. Any suggestions on how to get back into the router?

thanks
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---found this in another forum to get back into the router--
Just hold the reset button for about 5 seconds, then release it. That should put all settings back to their defaults; the default credentials are root:admin.[/Q]


that did it and I thought it was much more complicated then that. Tomato rocks on this router. I have flashed a total of 4 of these and this is the first time I ran into issues.
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any one no how to setup FTP server with tomato
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#229
i noticed this maybe back in stock?
looks like the same router:

http://www.expansys-usa.com/belki...sb-234303/
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Quote from spacemanvt View Post :
i noticed this maybe back in stock?
looks like the same router:

http://www.expansys-usa.com/belki...sb-234303/
That's the F7D7302 model which doesn't have gig ports, the F7D7301 (the original one in the thread) has gig ports
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F7D7302 model = No gigaport. plus shipping.. kills the deal !
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#233
Sorry, for bumping this thread.

I bought this router recently and installed latest ddwrt 2.6 big built onto it. However, I'm unable to install transmission on it. I tried 2-3 guides so far, but no luck yet Frown

I read shibby tomato builds have BT client already installed, but i'm not sure which file I need to download from his site ? Can somebody please help ?
Also other question I had was, does shibby tomato mod have NTFS support ?
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Quote from armedmetallica View Post :
thanks! i might just buy two of these to solve my foscam dilemna

edit: one more thing, in client mode, does it allow 802.1x (WPA2-Enterprise) authentication?

thanks agian - reppin ya
Did you ever find out the answer to this? I'm considering picking one of these up to use in this same scenario: client mode with an 802.1x PEAP WiFi network. I have experience with DD-WRT on other routers, but would be happy with any custom firmware if this client mode could be achieved.
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Did you ever find out the answer to this? I'm considering picking one of these up to use in this same scenario: client mode with an 802.1x PEAP WiFi network. I have experience with DD-WRT on other routers, but would be happy with any custom firmware if this client mode could be achieved.
holy old thread waker upper, batman!


I don't remember properly, but I think the answer was no. I have an Asus router now - and i just create a wpa2 protected guest Wlan w.o. 802.1x authentication just for the Foscams.


I am still chasing a fix to it - but not actively; if a cheap unit comes along, i'll do it. Or eventually I'll stop being lazy and just wire the cameras in.
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Quote from armedmetallica View Post :
holy old thread waker upper, batman!


I don't remember properly, but I think the answer was no. I have an Asus router now - and i just create a wpa2 protected guest Wlan w.o. 802.1x authentication just for the Foscams.


I am still chasing a fix to it - but not actively; if a cheap unit comes along, i'll do it. Or eventually I'll stop being lazy and just wire the cameras in.
Just wanted to update this to mention that neither DD-WRT or Tomato will do WPA2 Enterprise with PEAP authentication when the router is used in client mode. Tomato indicates that it does WPA2 Enterprise in client mode, but it is only via RADIUS server.

With this said, I am seriously impressed with the capabilities of this router with Tomato by Toastman [linksysinfo.org]. I am running tomato-F7D3301-12875052MIPSR2Toastman-RT-Mini.bin now and am very satisfied with the available options (albeit non-working ssh into the router so far, but telnet does work). When moving from DD-WRT 18??? (maybe 18687), I had some difficulty installing any other firmware. If you have some command line competence and know of the mtd command, then this will be of use [linksysinfo.org].
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Just wanted to update this to mention that neither DD-WRT or Tomato will do WPA2 Enterprise with PEAP authentication when the router is used in client mode. Tomato indicates that it does WPA2 Enterprise in client mode, but it is only via RADIUS server.

With this said, I am seriously impressed with the capabilities of this router with Tomato by Toastman [linksysinfo.org]. I am running tomato-F7D3301-12875052MIPSR2Toastman-RT-Mini.bin now and am very satisfied with the available options (albeit non-working ssh into the router so far, but telnet does work). When moving from DD-WRT 18??? (maybe 18687), I had some difficulty installing any other firmware. If you have some command line competence and know of the mtd command, then this will be of use [linksysinfo.org].
I had to go back to Belkin firmware in between when switching from DD-WRT to Tomato. I prefer Shibby's Tomato builds myself. Weak point of this router is its WiFi range though. While the antennas are still internal on Belkin's current routers, the WiFi signal is stronger though.
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I just tried to flash my old belkin router, and I can connect to the CFE page in Firefox and Chrome(neither of them worked obviously to flash the router), but I cannot connect to the CFE page via Internet Explorer for some odd reason. I know it has to be something really simple the I have overlooked, but I've been trying for the past few hours with no luck. Can someone please help me out with this problem? Thanks.
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