- N600 300Mbps + 300Mbps
- Gigabit Wired
- Clear Channel Selector
- ReadyShare USB Storage Access
- Simultaneous Dual Band
- NETGEAR Genie w/ Airprint
- Open Source
- DLNA Ready
- Window 8 compatible
Works great with OpenWRT 11/30/2013
Bought to use with OpenWRT. I have two of these that have been running for 9 months at this point and they're going strong.
I upgraded from a WRT54GS and WRT54GL. These have more memory and are much faster.
I could be wrong, but as far as I can tell, you can't brick these. The installation of OpenWRT was pretty straightforward.
There is a header on the main circuit board with a serial port on it. I wired up a connector and mounted a DB-9 connector on the back panel. It works just fine, but the real purpose of this is to act as a serial terminal. If everything else fails, you can hook up a serial cable to the port and see what's going on as it tries to boot. You can also connect in to the console this way. As I said before, you really can't brick the router, so you really don't need this. I did it for another reason:
On my old WRT54GS, I had two serial ports, one of which I connected to a UPS. The WRT54GS ran NUT, and sent out network messages when the UPS was on battery. I intended to do the same with the WNDR3800. Because it only had one serial port, it will always output the console output to the serial port on boot. So, if the router reset, it would send a bunch of stuff to the UPS, changing the configuration of the UPS. Bottom line, the lack of a second serial port means that you really can only use the serial port for a console, or some device that can tolerate the output on boot.
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