questionsany help with dd-wrt?

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The DD-WRT main page is terrible. Never download the build from their homepage, they are severely outdated and are not supported very well. I don't have a lot of experience with that router, but can offer the following based on previous experience with DD-WRT. An easy way to find a more current build is to search DD-WRT router model. I would recommend you read the Wiki for the router: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Netgear_WNDR3700

Here is a good listing of the 2012 builds: ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2012/ (copy and paste the link, it's not letting me paste very well) . I would do the 7-20-12 builds.

Otherwise, you may consider posting on the DD-WRT forum, you may get better help there (http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=28)

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I've done a few routers myself and there are a few things that you get from reading the endless, unorganized threads that you should know..Yes the process is confusing at first and can be fatal to your router...read till your confident
- Never use the beta builds unless your comfortable debugging, writing code, understand code and dont mind potentially losing a router.
- Make sure your router works without the DDWRT first...this will identify any hardware issues you may not know of(new unused routers)
- Never use the recommended builds..they are often buggy, have less feedback from experienced users and admins like redhawk(name dropped)..his recommendations are priceless..many like him..his is just easy to rememeber.
- Get the process down before attempting, dont rush and no shortcuts...30/30/30 count is pivotal
...cont

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...cont.

- Use the correct build for your router(router version matters also..i.e.WNDR3700 V1, b2 etc)..each build has various functions unique to a build, use correct size build(according to capacity of router)...you get the idea
- be sure you have a way to connect to the internet, assuming you only have one router(which you're currently flashing) you will need the internets help
- 30/30/30 beyond important
- Read until your confident

A bit more generic help..find the sticky thread "how to get started"..read till you pass out, read some more when ya wake up, then search the pages for your router model(again watch version numbers)...the suggestions for what build to use will be in there...somewhere

Good luck!

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@hackman2007: @markypula1:
Thank you for your answers.
Why did I post here? I am such a noob, I do not know enough to ask any question except 'would someone please do this for me?' Which in a forum like that has been explained so many times, it drives the 'good ones' away, and I did not want to add to the mess, I wanted to accelerate my update, I wanted to get it done in 3 hours. 1 hour of reading, 1 hour of flashing, and 1 hour of setting up, but when I looked up I was over an hour of reading and my notes were contradicted themselves in many ways.

I did see http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Netgear_WNDR3700 and will consider this source reliable, if it contradicts any information.

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The things I have found true no matter what I have read to be true.
- 30/30/30 count is pivotal
- Use the correct build for your router(router version matters also..i.e.WNDR3700 V1, b2 etc)

This seems commonsense but an important thing to mention, but I did not see anyone say a word about it:
- be sure you have a way to connect to the internet.
FYI I am running on my backup router, I thought I was ready. I skimmed a tutorial and seemed easy enough, and perhaps it is if there is no issues, but as I doubled checked what I thought I knew, I started seeing things that bothered me and so I posted here.

What I have seen mentioned is Telnet.

Do I need to telnet?

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@caffeine_dude: As long as you follow the guides/instructions, I think you should be fine. I've done several and have never run in to any issues. If you use a recent build the chances of running in to serious problems is low. If you use one of the old "recommended" builds you will run in to issues.

Let us know how it goes!

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@hackman2007: I want to clarify for my Netgear wndr3700v1. http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Netgear_WNDR3700
From ftp://dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/2012/07-20-12-r19519/netgear-wndr3700/ I need wndr3700-factoryNA.img but only if things go really wrong (most likely in the event of user failure on the 30.30.30, then I will need to FTP the img back to the device to restore it to factory. Is the wndr3700-factoryNA.img Netgear's image? )
The webflash.bin is the file I need in step 2.

I know this is not fair, I am busy and really want to get this done. I thank you very much.

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Is my last comment true?
Sorry, I did not really state it as a question.

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It went very good. @hackman2007: had the missing piece of the puzzle with the FTP site. When looking for the img I went too far down the rabbit hole.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Netgear_WNDR3700 has it right.

Everything went perfect. I still am using my backup but have started configuring the router.

FYI
I was wrong. I used the wndr3700-factory_NA.img as a firmware update for step 2. The webflash.bin is for users who already use DD-WRT.

"The wndr3700-factory_NA.img is for going from stock netgear firmware to dd-wrt using a north american model of this unit, after you flash this file, you shouldn't have to flash anything else, just perform your 'reset to defaults' and start configuring. The reason for that file is because it contains header infos which will allow the stock fw to accept it. The webflash.bin is for upgrading to newer or older builds from within the dd-wrt webgui, and is the only time you would need to use those types of files."

Thank you for everything!

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@hackman2007: "The DD-WRT main page is terrible. Never download the build from their homepage, they are severely outdated and are not supported very well."
Um, that alone would send me elsewhere. There are other options, how do they not realise this and improve??

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@havocsback: Funny in my hour plus of skimming that site I found one user who said never listen to the main page and if a user and the main page disagree, agree with the user. (it was a small blurb I ignored as an egotistical gush but after reading woot member's comment the same thing I realized there was something to it.

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@caffeine_dude: Glad it went well. The naming convention is a bit strange and is one of the things that trips me up.

@havocsback: From what I have read it has to do with their system pulling up the last "stable" build. Since the newer builds are not considered stable and are released as pre-release it doesn't pull the correct build. I can't remember the exact verbiage they used though.

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I don't have any technical advice to give, but I will give my experience with DD-WRT. I needed a router to act as a bridge since my cable modem and router is upstairs while my desktop is downstairs. I had a Linksys WRT54G which I was able to get WRT to go on it, but things weren't perfect. I used one of the recommended builds and performance wasn't the best and the router itself was unstable. I then tried flashing it again with a different build that some people in the community suggested, and things went bad. Like really bad. Basically between flashing the firmware and doing the 30/30/30 reset things got messed up and the router bricked. I was out of luck until my buddy had a spare WRT54GL to give me, which I loaded with the DD-WRT "mini" firmware and it took less than 4 minutes, and has worked flawlessly for the last 18 months.

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So, I echo all that has been said above. Read, read, and then read some more. And be prepared that sometimes things go wrong and you may be looking at a hunk of plastic and PCB with no hope.