Netgear EX6100

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hyuz
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:45    Post subject: Netgear EX6100 Reply with quote
Hello DD-WRT community,

(posting here as I cannot identify which chipset the device uses - apologies to moderator)

Is it possible to flash dd-wrt onto Netgear's EX6100 range extender? It has a neat small format, and would be ideal if we can get dd-wrt onto it.

But having searched extensively I cannot find any reference to anyone even asking if it is possible to flash DD-WRT onto this equipment.

Manual for the EX6100 is here.
http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/EX6100/EX6100_UM_11Apr2014.pdf

The EX6100 is the little sister of EX6200 which I have successfully flashed with dd-wrt following
http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=256298&start=165

I have checked the Known Incompatible Devices, it is not listed.
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Known_incompatible_devices

I have checked the Supported Devices
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#Netgear

I have searched the whole site https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=site:www.dd-wrt.com+%22ex6100%22[url]

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* Up to 7 routers using WDS both daisy-chained and in star-format.
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* 2014 Netgear EX6200 paired with (.ac/1000) EX6100 (stock) wired and wireless APs
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 14:48    Post subject: EX6100 Reply with quote
I also own 2 EX6100 as well as an EX6200 (on which I have dd-wrt running). I also have 2 old WAP54G on which I installed dd-wrt.

There are significant internal differences between the two devices: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/32403-netgear-ex6100-ac750-wifi-range-extender-reviewed

Per the above reference, the EX6100 has 8MB flash, just like the EX6200, so that is not a limitation.

One issue might be the radio. The EX6100 has a Mediatek MD7610EN chip rather than the Broadcom chip in the EX6200. However, the dd-wrt supported devices includes the D-Link DIR-810L, which looks like it uses this chip. The DIR-810L also has the same CPU as the EX6100.

I'm tempted to flash one of my EX6100 with one of the DIR-810L builds. But there are 3 versions, so might do some research 1st.

EDIT: The EX6100 interface won't let me flash either the DIR-810L build of dd-wrt (renamed to a chk file) or the chk file built for the EX6200.
LOM
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:59    Post subject: Re: EX6100 Reply with quote
wmarsh wrote:

EDIT: The EX6100 interface won't let me flash either the DIR-810L build of dd-wrt (renamed to a chk file) or the chk file built for the EX6200.


Your EX6100 is still alive, it wouldn't be if the dd-wrt flash routines were not foolproof.
How can you even try to flash an EX6200 build onto it after having found that there are major hardware differences between them?

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wmarsh
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:36    Post subject: Reply with quote
LOM wrote:

Your EX6100 is still alive, it wouldn't be if the dd-wrt flash routines were not foolproof.
How can you even try to flash an EX6200 build onto it after having found that there are major hardware differences between them?


Well, given that I have to flash with Netgear's firmware until/unless I get dd-wrt on the EX6100, this has nothing to do with dd-wrt's flash routines.

And it wouldn't be the 1st time I bricked a router trying to flash dd-wrt. I once had to short pins on a WAP54G to recover from a failed flash.

And given that dd-wrt is really embedded Linux, and Linux like any other OS recognizes and installs the appropriate drivers for the hardware it is on (provided such are in the build -- and the source is available), its not such a crazy idea. Nevertheless I agree the D-Link DL-810L is a better choice than the EX6200.

The reason it won't flash is the headers are different. And in the Developer's tools there is the Firmware Mod Kit specifically designed to change such things without having to build from scratch. https://code.google.com/p/firmware-mod-kit/ In fact an example is given to modify the headers in dd-wrt to reflash the manufacturers firmware.

The Firmware Mod Kit on Google code does not seem to support the Squashfs v4.0 used in both Netgear's v1.0.0.8 firmware and the latest dd-wrt beta for the DL-810L. Otherwise it would be not unreasonable to just follow that example to make a build likely to flash on the EX6100.
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