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To upgrade the R6300 from DD-WRT to another version of DD-WRT: To upgrade the R6300 from DD-WRT to another version of DD-WRT:
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-<li>Download desired firmware for R6300. Recommended: See the forums.+<li>Download desired firmware for R6300. Recommended: See the forums. See [[Index:FAQ#Where_do_I_download_firmware.3F|Where do I download firmware?]] for links.
<li>Reset router as described in [[Netgear_R6300#Initial_DD-WRT_Installation|Initial DD-WRT Installation]].</li> <li>Reset router as described in [[Netgear_R6300#Initial_DD-WRT_Installation|Initial DD-WRT Installation]].</li>
<li>Disconnect PC from any network (wired or wireless).</li> <li>Disconnect PC from any network (wired or wireless).</li>

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Contents

Hardware Specs v1

CPU Broadcom BCM4706
CPU Speed 600 MHz
Flash ROM 128 MB
RAM 128 MB
Radios BCM4360 5 GHz & BCM4331 2.4 GHz
WLAN Support a/n+ac 3x3:3 & b/g/n 3x3:3
WLAN Max Speed 450 Mbps on 2.4Ghz and 1300 Mbps on 5Ghz
Antenna Location Internal
Switch 4x GigE LAN + 1 GigE WAN
USB 2x USB 2.0
Power Adapter 12VDC 5A


v1 Hardware

This is the Wiki for v1 hardware, which has just "R6300" printed on the label on the bottom of the unit. Please do not get confused and try to use it on a v2 (R6300v2), which has a different CPU and is not covered here.

Flashing Instructions

It's always good practice to read the Peacock Thread for reference on Broadcom-based routers. It is an excellent historical reference that provides valuable insight on how these devices work and related processes/procedures.

Initial DD-WRT Installation

NOTE: Read the entirety of this page before installing dd-wrt, especially the Build Info section. Builds marked as "recommended" may be outdated, and newer builds can be used once their "New Build" thread is reviewed. Every build should have a .chk file intended for initial installation.

To go from stock Netgear firmware on the R6300 to DD-WRT:

  1. Download trailed initial flash (.chk) R6300 firmware.
  2. Reset router:
    1. Turn on router, wait for Power light to go solid green.
    2. Press & hold Reset button for 20sec, or until Power light starts flashing.
    3. Release Reset button, and router should reboot with much flashing of lights.
    4. Wait for Power light to go solid green again.
  3. Disconnect PC from any network (wired or wireless).
  4. Connect PC Ethernet port to a router Ethernet port (not the yellow Internet port) with a cable, and wait for PC to be configured by router DHCP (which can take up to a full minute).
  5. Open Web browser and clear cache. (Initiate by holding down Shift and Ctrl while pressing Delete.)
  6. In Web browser, go to http://192.168.1.1 or http://www.routerlogin.net
  7. At Configuring the Internet Connection select No, I want to configure the Internet connection myself.
    • Proceed through the confirmation.
  8. Click on Advanced > Administration > Router Update
  9. Browse to the downloaded initial trailed (.chk) build, and proceed.
    • Ignore any message that the update is older than the existing firmware, and proceed to update.
  10. After router says it is done, wait until it fully reboots and the power light is solid green again.
    • This may take several additional minutes.
  11. In Web browser, go to http://192.168.1.1 and verify DD-WRT successfully installed.
  12. Reset router (as described above), and wait for Power light to go solid green again.
  13. In web browser, again go to http://192.168.1.1 and you should see the DD-WRT create password screen.
  14. Set a strong password, login, and configure DD-WRT.

DD-WRT Upgrade

To upgrade the R6300 from DD-WRT to another version of DD-WRT:

  1. Download desired firmware for R6300. Recommended: See the forums. See Where do I download firmware? for links.
  2. Reset router as described in Initial DD-WRT Installation.
  3. Disconnect PC from any network (wired or wireless).
  4. Connect PC Ethernet port to a router Ethernet port (not the yellow Internet port) with a cable, and wait for PC to be configured by router DHCP (which can take up to a full minute).
  5. Open Web browser and clear cache. (Initiate by holding down Shift and Ctrl while pressing Delete.)
  6. In Web browser, go to http://192.168.1.1 and login.
  7. Click on Administration > Firmware Upgrade
  8. Choose File to select firmware downloaded in Step 1 above, and proceed.
  9. After router says it is done, wait until it has fully rebooted and Power light has gone solid green again.
    (This may take several additional minutes.)
  10. In Web browser, go to http://192.168.1.1 and verify DD-WRT successfully upgraded.
  11. Reset router (as described above), and wait for Power light to go solid green again.
  12. In web browser, again go to http://192.168.1.1 and you should see the DD-WRT create password screen.
  13. Set a strong Password, Login, and configure DD-WRT.
    See Kong's Wireless starters guide for first time dd-wrt users

Return to Stock

Flashing back to stock Netgear firmware is supported. Use the DD-WRT Web interface to upload Netgear firmware using the DD-WRT Upgrade procedure, and be sure to then reset the router as described in Initial DD-WRT Installation.

Build Information

Please note that all DDWRT builds for many years now are "beta" builds, as development is ongoing. Brainslayer has not made an official "stable" build since about 2009. In most cases beta builds are as stable as and have many more fixes than official releases. It is therefore recommended to use the latest beta build but be sure to review the "New Build" threads first. See Where do I download firmware?

Kong Builds:

What makes Kong builds different from Brainslayer? See the official Readme

Kong no longer supports r6300v1 (only v2 is still supported). Therefore the Kong K3-AC 25015-SP1' build is the last Kong build for r6300v1. Kong's changes get rolled into the official SVN repository for Brainslayer's builds.

Limitations

Prior to build 33006, DDWRT did not support accelerated NAT[1] which is required for Gigabit throughput on WAN port for this router. Internet speeds will be capped around 110 to 120 Megabit. This is a non-issue for ISP service providing less than these speeds. For anything faster you would have to switch to Tomato (http://tomato.groov.pl/?page_id=164) custom firmware or use Stock firmware to achieve Gigabit speeds on WAN side.

Resources

Forum Threads

Guides