• DD-WRT on Netgear N750


    A few months ago I switched from DSL (@ 4 Mbps) to Cable for my ISP. I’m now on Xfinity @ 100Mbps. I bought my own Modem/Router, a TP-Link TC-W7960 (4 Ethernet ports plus 2.4GHz WiFi) to avoid a monthly rental fee. I had been using my old Netgear N750 as a switch without updating the firmware, which meant giving up the WAN port and one LAN port, but everything worked fine. I had setup the N750 with an IP address of (default was The TP-Link DHCP starts at, and its IP address is

    I put DD-WRT in my favorite search engine a few days ago and began educating myself in spagetti world of router firmware. Sure enough, there was a way to update my N750 WNDR4000 firmware with a version of DD-WRT, but it required a double-flash. The first was a small firmware update that provided a recognizable header to the WNDR4000 to allow it up flash. The second was a larger and more full-featured version of DD-WRT. I’m purposefully not giving any build numbers, because it varies so much from one brand/model to the next, but there are 100’s of Wiki’s out there for just about every router made.

    For my WNDR4000, there were multiple resets involved in order to get things rolling. The wiki I was following called for two, one before the first, smaller firmware upgrade and one after, and the a second flash with the larger firmware upgrade, but no reset unless I ran into difficulties. The DD-WRT firmware defaults to for its IP address, so that was one of the first things I had to change. I ran into difficulties.

    It seems that my WNDR4000 requires 5 or 6 hard resets to actually get reset. By hard reset, I’m referring to what is known as the 30/30/30; push and hold the hardware reset button (throughout the entire process) for 30 seconds, then power off for 30 seconds while still holding down the hardware reset button, then power on while still holding down the hardware reset button for an additional 30 seconds. After that the wiki said to wait at least 5 minutes before attempting to flash the larger firmware upgrade. And I had to reset it several times getting everything sorted out.

    All together I think I spent about 5 hours getting from the old setup to my new setup, but I’m finally there, and everything is working quite well. I turned off my WAN ethernet port, and turned it into a LAN ethernet port, and that’s the port I use to connect to my TP-Link Modem/Router, and gives me 4 available LAN ethernet ports. I turned on DHCP forwarding, so my TP-Link Modem/Router handles the distribution of IP addresses to all my connected devices; 2 PC’s, a docked laptop and a printer on ethernet, plus two ethernet cables for laptops without docks, then 2 laptops and 3 phones on WiFI.

    All in all, DD-WRT opens up a whole new world of ways to expand and improve one’s home network. I rename and broadcast my SSID; from everything I’ve read, hiding it provides no real security and serves very little purpose. Using WPA2/AES security is enough to keep all but professionals out, and I don’t really have anything to hide.

    Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
    We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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