Flashing a router is done to replace its firmware from the flash memory. The most commonly used third-party firmware is DD-WRT, which is a free source. Nowadays, many routers are pre-flashed with DD-WRT. If your Netgear router is not a pre-flashed one, first find out if it is compatible with DD-WRT because flashing the router with wrong firmware can cause ‘brick.’
Learn how to flash Netgear router with DDWRT by following these steps.
Step-1: Firmware download
After finding that the router is compatible with DD-WRT, visit the official DD-WRT page from the web browser.
If you do not have an account, then create one. Enter the router model number to find the suitable firmware.
Choose any one flash file format from these options: .CHK, .IMG, and .BIN.
Download the DD-WRT firmware and save it on your computer.
Step-2: Router connection
Connect an Ethernet cable between the router’s LAN port to the computer.
Plug the router’s power plug to the socket and turn it on.
Step-3: Firmware installation
Launch the web browser and enter the router’s IP address then press Enter to go to the router’s admin page.
Type the router’s username and password and click Log in.
Click the Advanced tab, select Administration, and choose the Router Update menu.
On the right panel, browse for the DD-WRT firmware and click Upload and see how to flash netgear router with DDWRT.
When the confirmation message prompts, select Continue or OK to proceed with the firmware update.
The update progress status appears on the screen.
Step-4: Go to the new router page
After the update process completes, restart the router and again enter the router’s IP address.
Now, the DD-WRT management page opens up.
Set the new username and password and click Change Password to save the changes.