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RMA WNR3500Lv1 recieved v2 need help with flashing.

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Rocky Grim, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi guys, the WAN port on my WNR3500Lv1 was defective. Therefore, I was left with no choice but to setup a RMA request with Netgear. I just recieved the replacement today. I noticed when I opened up the box the replacement is WNR3500Lv2. I know very little about the v2. All I have been able to confirm this far is that the v2 has 128mb of RAM, and Flash vs the v1's 64mb RAM and 8mb Flash. I believe I saw somewhere the CPU's are both 480mhz. I am happy to see that it has double the RAM. Is there any downside to the v2 when compaired to the v1? I know they use different firmware. This has got me a little confused on which I can use. Would this be a compatible build to use tomato-K26USB-1.28.0497.1MIPSR2-Toastman-RT-N-Ext? Also, is the flashing procedure to go from stock firmware to Tomato the same for the v2 as it was with the v1? If not could someone point me to the correct DD-WRT build for the v2 that is needed before Tomato can be flashed? I appreciate the help. Thanks a lot guys.
     
  2. fubdap

    fubdap Addicted to LI Member

  3. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for you help. I was able to find the proper Toastman build as well. It is tomato-Netgear-3500Lv2-K26USB-1.28.0497.1-Toastman-RT-N-VPN. It also seams that on the v2 you are able to flash from the stock firmware straight to Tomato. Is this right?
     
  4. fubdap

    fubdap Addicted to LI Member

    Sorry I misread your post. I thought you were looking for the proper firmware to flash. I don't have any netgear router, so I don't know how to flash it with Tomato. Toastman, Shibby, or somebody from the forum will chime in.
     
  5. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

    Its all good now I have two firmwares to play with for it. I am going to give it a go at hooking it up in a couple hours. I did find a guide on how to flash the firmware. It looks like it is directly upgradable from the original firmware. What I don't understand is if the flash memory is bigger than the v1 why aren't we seeing all the different flavors with v2? Is it just because the router is fairly new, or is it harder to make compatible?
     
  6. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

  7. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks alot I appreciate it. Going to give it a read now.
     
  8. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

    Well, I just flashed from the stock Netgear firmware to Shibbys Tomato build for v2. I was kinda scared for a little bit because the flash proceedure was super quick. I thought I bricked the router lol. However, everything appears to be working correctly. I am going to give this a spin, and see how things go. I am also going to give Toastmans build a spin as well. At the time I downloaded the Toastman build there was around 30 downloads on myopenrouter.com. There was no comments yet so I take it everything is fine with it.

    PS. I just wanted to say to everyone that has contributed to making the v2 firmware I freaking love you guys! I am so happy you guys were able to figure this thing out.
     
  9. Rocky Grim

    Rocky Grim Networkin' Nut Member

    I have noticed a problem with the firmware for the WNR3500Lv2 firmware. Well, at least a problem for me anyways. I'm hoping someone can offer some suggestions that could help. My house sits high on a hill on the outskirts of our city. The city is in a valley beneath me. I think this is why I am seeing so many wireless networks. I have located 19 other wireless networks using the wireless survey tool. Eight of the nineteen that are showing up are using channel 6. Channel 1 has six networks on it. The other ones are using random channels. Channel 11 has a very weak 0 quality adhock print server on it. I have switched to this channel as it is the least congested. However, I am still noticing "Severe" interfierence. I don't know if this is a bug in the firmware, and it always reads "Severe" or not. I have used both Shibby's build and Toastman's build. Both are showing the same thing. I am also noticing that the signal quality to my very close wireless devices have a weak signal. These are the settings I am using. The advanced settings are set to the default Toastman settings. Please let me know what you guys think.

    Wireless Mode Access Point
    Wireless Network Mode N Only
    Interface Status Up (LAN)
    Radio Enabled
    SSID 112 Hillside
    Broadcast Enabled
    Security WPA2 Personal (PSK) + AES
    Channel 11 - 2.462 GHz
    Channel Width 40 MHz
    Interference Level Severe
    Rate 150 Mbps
     

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