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

unlockedshaders 494 May 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM in Computers (12) More Expansys Deals
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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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#31
The wireless status page is showing 300 Mbps. But as soon as connect my wireless client, the connection drops to < 150Mbps. Yes, I am using UPPER 40 Mhz setting.


Quote from oopsz View Post :
Sounds like you're using it in 20 mhz mode. 300 Mbps (really maxes out at 270) requires a double channel - 40 mhz of bandwidth.
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#32
Quote from yeba View Post :
The wireless status page is showing 300 Mbps. But as soon as connect my wireless client, the connection drops to < 150Mbps. Yes, I am using UPPER 40 Mhz setting.
Hmm.. then is your wireless card 300 mbps capable? Several models of wireless-n cards are only 150 mbps compatible. See for example: http://www.intel.com/content/dam/...-brief.pdf
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#33
Going to grab two of these based on recommendations in this thread. Planning to use one as the main router and the other as a bridge upstairs to connect TV components.

I'm reading over the flashing directions carefully, and am wondering, based on the set-up I'd like to have, would you guys recommend using DD-WRT or Tomato?

Furthermore, am I reading the directions properly to infer that in order to install Tomato (if i choose to do so), I must first flash DD-WRT, then reinstall the Belkin Firmware after doing so? The directions indicate that Tomato can't be installed without first flashing DD-WRT, but the Tomato directions also state I can't access a particular menu without having the Belkin firmware.

I apologize for my ignorance on the subject, I'm completely new to this stuff.
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Quote from BLeClair12 View Post :
Going to grab two of these based on recommendations in this thread. Planning to use one as the main router and the other as a bridge upstairs to connect TV components.

I'm reading over the flashing directions carefully, and am wondering, based on the set-up I'd like to have, would you guys recommend using DD-WRT or Tomato?

Furthermore, am I reading the directions properly to infer that in order to install Tomato (if i choose to do so), I must first flash DD-WRT, then reinstall the Belkin Firmware after doing so? The directions indicate that Tomato can't be installed without first flashing DD-WRT, but the Tomato directions also state I can't access a particular menu without having the Belkin firmware.

I apologize for my ignorance on the subject, I'm completely new to this stuff.
I go tomato for easier to use interface, especially if you are new to this stuff. Do your 30-30-30 and then get into the CF menu. After that flash to dd-wrt. Once you done flashing to dd-wrt, flash to tomato right after. Both flashing parts are fairly easy since all you do is browse to the location, select the file, upload, and let it does its thing. 5 minutes later and you should be good to go. Make sure you read the wiki a couple of times to familiarize yourself with all the steps. So summarizing---Belkin Original firmware---DD-WRT---TOMATO.
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#35
I've never gotten 2.4GHz routers to successfully connect at 300Mbps with either tomato or DD-WRT. It requires two non-congested channels on 1, 6, or 11. If your neighbors operate on any of those other bands, then forget it, your router will not channel bond to give you 300Mbps. However, I seem to have good luck in getting 300Mbps on the 5GHz spectrum on routers that support 5Ghz like the Cisco E3000. There are many more channels to choose from for channel bonding.


Quote from yeba View Post :
The wireless status page is showing 300 Mbps. But as soon as connect my wireless client, the connection drops to < 150Mbps. Yes, I am using UPPER 40 Mhz setting.
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#36
Quote from csacom View Post :
complete junk, and the lame 3rd party fw's do not help

So.. how long have you had yours?

Mine has been up almost two months with the stock FW. Works great.
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Quote from BLeClair12 View Post :
Going to grab two of these based on recommendations in this thread. Planning to use one as the main router and the other as a bridge upstairs to connect TV components.

I'm reading over the flashing directions carefully, and am wondering, based on the set-up I'd like to have, would you guys recommend using DD-WRT or Tomato?

Furthermore, am I reading the directions properly to infer that in order to install Tomato (if i choose to do so), I must first flash DD-WRT, then reinstall the Belkin Firmware after doing so? The directions indicate that Tomato can't be installed without first flashing DD-WRT, but the Tomato directions also state I can't access a particular menu without having the Belkin firmware.

I apologize for my ignorance on the subject, I'm completely new to this stuff.
Going along the lines of using one of these as a wireless bridge to connect an ethernet-enabled device, can I just set the router up for this purpose right out of the box, or would I need to alter the FW first in order to do so?
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#38
Quote from lhommec13 View Post :
Going along the lines of using one of these as a wireless bridge to connect an ethernet-enabled device, can I just set the router up for this purpose right out of the box, or would I need to alter the FW first in order to do so?
You will need to flash to dd-wrt or tomato.
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#39
i think i messed up.. my main router is a asus nt16. i bought two of the belkins as i wanted devices on the belkin to run a a 5g band... do i need to replace the asus to buy a dual band router?

i want to decongest the 2.4 band and i thought by buying two of these belkins, one being attached to the asus and the other to be a bridge for my other 4 devices as the solution

Help
thanks
r
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Quote from chino182 View Post :
i think i messed up.. my main router is a asus nt16. i bought two of the belkins as i wanted devices on the belkin to run a a 5g band... do i need to replace the asus to buy a dual band router?

i want to decongest the 2.4 band and i thought by buying two of these belkins, one being attached to the asus and the other to be a bridge for my other 4 devices as the solution

Help
thanks
r
The Belkin isn't a dual-band router though? So you don't get 5Ghz band with it. But on the bright side, you don't have to replace your Asus RT-N16, which is a great router.
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#41
k, so need help. i flahsed up through tomato and tried to change the lan ip and now ive rebooted and tired the 30/30/30 but cant back to 192.168.1.1. alli want to do is turn this router as a bridge so my light servers can move wirelessly

thanks
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Quote from chino182 View Post :
k, so need help. i flahsed up through tomato and tried to change the lan ip and now ive rebooted and tired the 30/30/30 but cant back to 192.168.1.1. alli want to do is turn this router as a bridge so my light servers can move wirelessly

thanks
What do you mean by tried to change the lan ip? Do you mean the ip on your computer or the ip of the router?
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#43
so, I am thinking about buying two of these for my parents and putting tomato (or maybe openwrt) on them.

Any comments about the stability using tomato?
Are these rock solid with open source firmware?
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#44
Thanks big time to unlockedshaders, this worked out great. woot

Expansys shipped fast, (another reminder of how lame Amazon has gotten,) and with the instructions I have Tomato loaded and running doing A/B testing against my existing Linksys WRT350N (802.11n) network.

The Belkin is working like a champ. Have had several machines streaming off of it and it's a bit faster, even without the external antennas, than the existing setup. Actually it's working well enough that I'm thinking on making it our primary now.
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#45
Quote from wenlez View Post :
does anyone know how to add an USB sound card to this router with TomatoUSB? I tried with my E3000 but failed.
http://www.tinkernut.com/2010/08/...ifi-radio/
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