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Greetings fellow overclockers. I have a Net Dual band Router WNDR3300.
This is the only working router in the house. I am confident I can flash the router with DD-WRT and make it better. But, of course, the wife and kids are nervous i will brick it.
The router performs well in the den where it is located for wifi. Running wired it works well.
The only reason I am even considering flashing the modem with DD-WRT is in the master bedroom we get no wifi signal. Which drives the wife nuts, since she wants to get online in the bed with her laptop and phone. I know I could add a hub/switch and another router to extend the signal to our room. But I was reading with the DD-WRT upgrade you can adjust the power output from your modem and lots of other settings not found in the router currently.

I was wondering if anyone has any experience using DD-WRT, and possibly this router. Any help and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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I havn't seen/used your router before but I can vouch for DDWRT in saying that it's probably the single greatest router firmware I've ever used, personally.

Unfortunately I'm tied to my ISP's router as modem router combo's are pretty much essential for ADSL in my area. I did have a brief stint with a Linksys WRT54G2 for a while (one of the hardest routers to put DDWRT onto) and once I got it on there and working, it was absoloutely great. So many options, it does everything and keeps track of everything.

It just depends how confident you feel you can flash it safely.
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I've put dd-wrt on multiple routers, one of which was that exact same model, and I've never had issues. it's a simple process to flash (make triple sure you have the right file) and you shouldn't have any trouble.

before dd-wrt, I wouldn't have considered my wndr 3300 worth the $25 I spent on it, but afterwards it's been the most reliable router I've ever owned, easily beating $60 linksys offerings.
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http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#Netgear
from the list it says something about initial install modified .chk file biggrin.gif
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what does dd-wrt do?
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by robwadeson;14410277 
what does dd-wrt do?

It's custom firmware for routers. It could boost your speeds/range or could add extra options that weren't there with the original firmware.
    
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Solution 1:
Manhandle your wife in a way where she will not be thinking of wi-fi.
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Just remember: The worst thing that can happen is you brick your router.

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dd-wrt makes it pretty hard to do a total brick. just about every dd-wrt compatible router has a tftp recovery feature that boots up before the firmware which you can use to reflash in case of brick.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Raven Dizzle;14410381 
Just remember: The worst thing that can happen is you brick your router.

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biggest myth on the internet about firmware upgrades. brick
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