Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:58 Post subject: WNDR4500, Found a ddWRT build for it & been working well
So I was doing some digging around as I recently got the WNDR4500 and find the stock webui to be horribly constraining. I was thinking of just ordering an RT-N66U and returning this one, but maybe progress is being made by someone?
I can confirm this bin is working on the WNDR4500, it DOES NOT! have the gpio's installed for the reset button or the power LED's.... I would say use this bin with caution.. If you do not have a serial then maybe wait for official release from dd-wrt.
I have pinged EKO there is some work to do to get the commits to trac and get it fully supported with the correct gpio's and vlan information..
Yup, it's definitely an initial release, seems there's some strangeness with wl1 control as well (Think that's the 5ghz radio). I can turn it on and such, but the power output of it is miserable and can't be used much further than 6 feet from the router.
When I loaded the firmware it retained my IP address on the lan side, but it seemed to do something funky with my password. I couldn't login with any of the expected credentials so I did a 30/30/30 reset to it and it DID come back up with the "Setup a new password" and it had gone back to 192.168.1.1 for its ip address. So at least you can reset it back to defaults using a 30x3 reset.
I might just keep this router as hardware wise it seems a little better then the RT-N66U and then I don't have to deal with a return and exchange.
Stock firmware is just too based on it being the main firewall for me, can't even isolate the guest network without using it in that configuration.
Thanks for the confirmation Fractal, I think lots of people will be happy to see that it's a possibility.
It's kind of nice to have a fresh start of a thread for an actual release of dd-wrt versus the investigation and initial findings. When people jump in here they'll find a working version of dd-wrt for the 4500 on page 1 vs pg 12.
Anyway, thanks for the work on this tathagata, it honestly may have saved me from returning this nice piece of hardware. I am honestly surprised to find such a restrictive and dumbed down web interface on it.
Has been stable since I installed it, only thing I've not been able to get working is the 5ghz side of things. I also haven't tried tinkering in ssh with this one yet. Any advice or is it definitely not working currently?
I haven't been able to enable jffs2 support. Enabling it causes the router to freeze, as does changing any settings afterward. A reboot gets things working again, but for now I have to save everything in NVRAM.
Otherwise, I'm *extremely* happy with this release (except the 5ghz wifi, but that's no big deal for me)!