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Promoted 05-07-2015 by longmanj9 at 05:05 PM View Original Post
Newegg.com has Netgear N900 Dual-Band Gigabit WiFi Router (Refurbished WNDR4500) on sale for $49.99 - $15 w/ promo code EMCASAV29 = $34.99. Shipping is Free. Thanks TDMVP73

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Check out CNET.com for a review of this Router. Has earned 4 stars overall (out of possible 5) based on 304 customer reviews at Amazon. - brisar

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Edited May 7, 2015 at 08:49 AM by DeividdoSama
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I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share.
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Last Edited by myopetz June 13, 2015 at 06:44 PM
For instructions on upgrading this router to WNDR4500 (v1 or v2, depends on what you get in the mail), and getting DD-WRT on this router:
My original post here.

Quote from g0dM@n View Post :
FYI...
I didn't use Python. I had to jump around to find telnetenable.exe, so I'm going to do a quick write-up of exactly what I used and links that don't make you hop around.

AS PROMISED, I said I'd be back to hopefully write something up for you guys. My original N900 was already a WNDR4500, so this R4500 took a bit longer to configure.

MY LINKS ALL WORK RIGHT NOW. This may be your simplest instructions (for now), from a Windows machine.
  1. Check the FCC ID of the device to tell if it's a v1 or v2:
    PY311200162 for V1
    PY312300207 for V2
  2. Download telnetenable.exe from here: telnetenable from pingbin [pingbin.com] and copy it into your C: drive (put it wherever, but you'll have to browse to it within CMD).
  3. Power up your router and hook up to any LAN port on it with a laptop/computer
  4. Go to http://192.168.1.1 in your browser. I used Firefox, but IE should also work. Default login is admin and then password.
  5. If you can find your routers MAC address in the router admin interface, write it down; otherwise, open CMD (command prompt window -- you can hit the Windows/Start button, type "cmd" and hit enter). Type arp -a and hit ENTER. Your router's MAC is listed next to the 192.168.1.1 address. It should look something like 84-1b-t3-e2-c3-68 (I chose random number, DO NOT USE THESE NUMBERS. MAKE SURE TO USE YOURS!!). Write this down. Don't close CMD.
  6. In CMD, type this and then hit ENTER: cd\
  7. You should now see this in CMD: C:\>
  8. Type this exactly (except replace with YOUR MAC ADDRESS that you wrote down before) - MAKE SURE MAC ADDRESS IS ALL CAPS, NO DASHES, COLONS, OR SPACES, as such: telnetenable 192.168.1.1 841BT3E2C368 Gearguy Geardog
  9. If successful, you'll be greeted with a message (sorry, I don't remember it exactly, but if it's just a blank window then it didn't work. Read all steps carefully. Make sure you use CAPS for your MAC address and make sure it's your router's MAC address. When I used lowercase, it didn't work for me.
  10. Now telnet into your router. If you don't have telnet installed/enabled, google on how to do it if my instructions aren't clear: Control Panel > Programs > Turn on Windows Features > Choose Telnet and enable it.
  11. Telnet in as such: telnet 192.168.1.1
  12. I think you'll see a pound symbol once you get in with telnet. Once you see it, type this exactly and hit ENTER: burnboardid U12H189T00_NETGEAR
  13. Once completed, reboot your router. I did this through the Netgear admin web interface, but do it however you'd like. Once it's powered back up, it's now able to take WNDR4500 firmware.
  14. I installed the v1 firmware from here: WNDR4500 [netgear.com] - click on Firmware Version 1.0.1.40, and then hit X. You don't have to register. Save to wherever you want, but remember where you saved it.
    If you need v2, get it here [netgear.com].
  15. Now log into 192.168.1.1 as you did earlier (admin/password) and go here: ADVANCED tab > Administration > Router Upgrade. Select the file in the previous step. Make sure you let it complete and restart: about 2 minutes.
  16. Once completed, your router will be a WNDR4500!!! Now you can put DD-WRT on it if you'd like, which I did.
  17. DD-WRT: Download this INITIAL FLASH FILE for v1 here [ftp].
    For v2, here [ftp].
  18. Again go into the Netgear web admin, just like previously, and do a router upgrade, but choose the file you just downloaded. It should be named dd-wrt.v24-26138_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-WNDR4500.chk (or v2, depending on your version).
  19. Once the upgrade is complete, you now have a DD-WRT router! You can upgrade to one of the latest builds, which I also did (next step), or you can just be done here. CHOOSE a new username and password when you log into DD-WRT via 192.168.1.1.
  20. Download the latest (v24-26653) build: v1 here [x_mega-WNDR4500.bin], v2 here [ftp]. Remember where you save it.
    Directory of DD-WRT betas here [ftp] if you ever want to try other versions. Just follow through and ensure you choose the correct model in your last steps.
  21. Go to Administration > Firmware Upgrade > Browse file above and hit Upgrade.

Enjoy! Hit me up with questions, more clarity, etc.
Please do me one favor, google your simple questions first, and if you find a nice answer, post and let me know. Google is always your best friend. I tried to not make this sooo lengthy, but wanted to make it good enough that a non-guru could follow (hopefully). Smilie

Or just go to post #105 as I've quoted it again in this thread.

Edit by slroot on 5/14/2015: Just confirming these instructions worked just fine on my V1 (PY311200162). I did it from my mac, downloaded and compiled telnetenable. I went all the way to update to the latest DD-WRT (dd-wrt.v24-26866_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-WNDR4500.bin). Thanks g0dM@n.

FYI, you will lose the telnet capability after firmware upgrade, you should be able to restore by running telnetenable again (not tried).

Quote :
# Files used:
# WNDR4500-V1.0.1.40_1.0.68.chk for upgrading to WNDR4500.
# dd-wrt.v24-26138_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-WNDR4500.chk for initial flash to DD-WRT.
# dd-wrt.v24-26866_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-WNDR4500.bin for final flash to latest DD-WRT.

$ ls
WNDR4500-V1.0.1.40_1.0.68.chk
dd-wrt.v24-26138_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-WNDR4500.chk
dd-wrt.v24-26866_NEWD-2_K3.x_mega-WNDR4500.bin

$ telnet 192.168.1.1
Trying 192.168.1.1...
Connected to 192.168.1.1.
Escape character is '^]'.



BusyBox v1.7.2 (2012-05-03 13:59:45 CST) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

#
# routerinfo
<snipped>
:
Board ID - U12H189T90_NETGEAR
:

# burnboardid U12H189T00_NETGEAR
Board ID - U12H189T00_NETGEAR
BurnBoardId OK
# routerinfo
<snipped>
:
Board ID - U12H189T00_NETGEAR
:
Edit slroot 5/16/2015: After looking at the official DD-WRT page for WNDR4500, I flashed back to Kong's build which is slightly older (Oct 2014), but good enough for me. Apparently Kong tests his firmware on target devices, unlike the latest ones we see on DD-WRT recent links above. BTW, I did not find any issues with the latest build which I used earlier, but just that I want to stay with a stable build.

Quote :
Official DD-WRT page for WNDR4500:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index....r_WNDR4500

Kong's image referenced there:
http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt-ren/K...-K3_AC.bin
Flashing procedure is the same.

---

This router is supported by both DD-WRT and Tomato.

Latest DD-WRT Firmware:

V1: http://download1.dd-wrt.com/dd-wr...DR4500.chk
V2: http://download1.dd-wrt.com/dd-wr...4500V2.chk

Latest Shibby Tomato Firmware:

V1: http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K...IO-64K.zip
V2: http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K...IO-64K.zip

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#4
I'm in the market for a new router however my WNR2000 just crapped out after 4 years. Netgear offers a lifetime warranty on four of their routers. this is not included, unfortunately. should I just buy anyway?

•WNR1000v3 - Click here for more info.
•WNR2000 - Click here for more info.
•WNDR3400 - Click here for more info.
•WNDR4000 - Click here for more info.

I wish I could jump on this but reviews look awful as well.
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All 3 of those posts are EXPIRED meaning this is not a repost.
Plus, those three threads are posted by the same guy.
Probably a bot or some dude who has that link subscribed.

Most likely a bot because it says the same thing in every goddamn thread.
"Hey guys,

I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share"

Probably a Newegg bot/representative.
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Last edited by ImYoungxD May 7, 2015 at 08:09 AM
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any worries on buying a refurb router?
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Quote from ImYoungxD View Post :
Plus, those three threads are posted by the same guy.
Probably a bot or some dude who has that link subscribed.

Most likely a bot because it says the same thing in every goddamn thread.
"Hey guys,

I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share"

Probably a Newegg bot/representative.
Bahhaha you're right. Wow.
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any worries on buying a refurb router?
Definitely.
It was broken/returned by a previous owner.
Now fixed but the problem might occur again or some new problem.
Warranty is probably 1-3 months now.

Look at reviews online and decide if you want it or not.
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All 3 of those posts are EXPIRED meaning this is not a repost.
Plus, those three threads are posted by the same guy.
Probably a bot or some dude who has that link subscribed.

Most likely a bot because it says the same thing in every goddamn thread.
"Hey guys,

I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share"

Probably a Newegg bot/representative.


Thanks, I didn't notice it.
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Quote from ImYoungxD View Post :
All 3 of those posts are EXPIRED meaning this is not a repost.
Plus, those three threads are posted by the same guy.
Probably a bot or some dude who has that link subscribed.

Most likely a bot because it says the same thing in every goddamn thread.
"Hey guys,

I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share"

Probably a Newegg bot/representative.
A. I'm not a bot and I don't work for Newegg or any company that has deals on this site. In fact, I post plenty of TigerDirect and Amazon deals.
B. I say the same thing at the beginning of every thread. It's kind of my signature.
C. There is a thing called copy & paste. If a deal made the front-page 3 times, it was obviously pretty popular. I don't think you're going to find a cheaper Dual-Band Gigabit N900 Router on the market than this one. Asus's comparable model (RT-N66R) is usually $60 to $65 on sale: Example. The new version of this router (WNDR4500) sells for $97 on Amazon [amazon.com]. This is basically a refurbished Costco model (R4500) that can be flashed with WNDR4500 firmware since the hardware inside is identical.
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Quote from ImYoungxD View Post :
Definitely.
It was broken/returned by a previous owner.
Now fixed but the problem might occur again or some new problem.
Warranty is probably 1-3 months now.

Look at reviews online and decide if you want it or not.
Not necessarily broken, especially with routers. Many times the user is the problem with returned routers, ie. Difficulty setting up, flashing issues, or the equipment did not meet the users expectations.
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Wow, if you are worried about buying a refurb router, you must be new around here. This is SlickDeals, where retail priced new routers do not get the love that a super cheap refurb router will get.

As already mentioned, this is now I think the fourth thread on that same router, the R4500 Costco unit that many of us (myself included) have successfully flashed to a fully featured WNDR4500, all for the princely sum of $35. That is 1/3 the price of a new unit. I have purchased 4 refurb routers over the years and other than a LAN port going bad on one of the four, they all have been solid, reliable units. So solid and reliable that I resold 3 of them for damn near what I paid for them !

If you aren't into refurbs, move along and buy new. That leaves more of them for power users that know how to reflash the firmware and make them a slick deal.

Also, thanks to TDMPV73 for confirming that he is in fact a live human, with wants and needs just like the rest of us. Ohh, and he manages to provide us with some awesome deals as well !!
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Quote from ImYoungxD View Post :
Definitely.
It was broken/returned by a previous owner.
Now fixed but the problem might occur again or some new problem.
Warranty is probably 1-3 months now.

Look at reviews online and decide if you want it or not.

That's not necessarily a refurb. I have been buying refurbs for 10 years or more and never had a problem. Just because Best Buy returned it to the manufacturer doesn't mean it didn't work. They just didn't sell it.

In one sense, refurbs are actually better, since a tech actually had to sit down with it and make sure it worked, unlike new electronics.
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All 3 of those posts are EXPIRED meaning this is not a repost.
Plus, those three threads are posted by the same guy.
Probably a bot or some dude who has that link subscribed.

Most likely a bot because it says the same thing in every goddamn thread.
&quot;Hey guys,

I didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd share&quot;

Probably a Newegg bot/representative.
Thanks to these conspiracy theorist dorks, my last deal post ended up locked, and I can no longer post deals on a particular pair of cheap earbuds that I'm very fond of.
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