Netgear WNDR3800

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[edit] Hardware Information

CPU Atheros AR7161
CPU Speed 680 MHz
Flash ROM 16 MB
RAM 128 MB
Radio 1x 2.4GHz and 1x 5GHz
WLAN Support a/b/g/n
WLAN Max Speed 300 mbps
Antenna Location Internal
Switch 4x GigE LAN + 1 GigE WAN

[edit] Flashing Instructions

If you have an WNDR3800 with stock firmware, and the version is greater than, then you will first need to downgrade to firmware no greater than (from here). Netgear put a check in firmware greater than to allow only Netgear firmware from the Web GUI. It hasn't been confirmed if you can flash DD_WRT using TFTP with stock firmware greater than

You will need these files for the flashing procedure.

If you have a North American model, you will need this for the initial flash.

If you have an EU or Asia model, you will need this for the initial flash.

The other file located within the WNDR3800's dd-wrt dir is for upgrading to newer or older dd-wrt builds from within the dd-wrt webgui. Its naming scheme looks like so - wndr3800-webflash.bin

For going from Netgear firmware to DD-WRT on a WNDR3800, installation goes like this:

  1. Set a static IP such as: subnet: gateway: on the PC you will be using for the flash.
  2. Connect the PC to one of the router's LAN ports (unplug your ISP modem for the moment)
  3. Make sure to Reset to Defaults on the router prior to flashing. This can be done by performing a Hard Reset
  4. In your web browser, go to
  5. Find the “Router Upgrade” in the menu and enter that section.
  6. Upload the .img firmware file, that you downloaded from the link above.
  7. Wait 5 minutes after the router says it is done.Make sure you clear your browsers cache between updating firmwares.
  8. Perform one more Hard Reset, then login at and begin configuring.
  9. Enjoy dd-wrt and do not forget to donate if possible.
  • Should you want to use DHCP ip assignment, remember to un-set the static ip that you set in the above instructions.

This unit was supported as of build 18687.

For updating to a newer dd-wrt build, you should be able to use the wndr3800-webflash.bin mentioned above. Make sure to reset to defaults with a hard reset as listed above and download the appropriate dd-wrt build that you are wanting to update to. New builds can be found within the dd-wrt file server:

ATTENTION: April 20th 2016 - SPLOIT

Easy Upgrade - Web Upgrade

I created a "for dummies" guide available here in PDF format.

WNDR3800-Easy Upgrade[1]

The Filepack is here

WNDR3800CH to DDWRT no Serial Files[2]

Serial Method

It must be done in the way I have outlined below. I have created an extensive guide on changing this router to American Settings and getting rid of the Charter Netgear Software. I tested extensively on Netgear Firmware up to version""

  1. - Sploit's WNDR3800CH to WNDR3800 DD-WRT Guide.

This is my first contribution to the DD-WRT project so please be nice in the forums. :). - Sploit

Special thanks to KrypteX for supplying the Modified Vanilla Netgear Genie to DDWRT Images and help for this project. Thanks also to Brainslayer and Kong for all their hard work and dedication and the Guru's of the Forums.

[edit] Unbricking

See Reinstall the firmware on a router without the setup CD recovery tool

'TFPT Recovery - Sploit Notes

1) Enter Maintenance Mode (Hold Factory reset for 10 Seconds, Keep Holding and Remove Power Plug. Then Plug Back In and Wait Until Amber Flashes, then Wait for 10.Green Flashes)

2) Immediately Upload Stock Netgear Firmware using TFTP Recovery.

Serial Connection Recovery - Sploit Notes

Stop Uboot as outlined in my Guide above and type TFTPD. This will start the TFTP Daemon (Automatically waits for a file upload from a TFTP Client like TFTP2). Upload it. (Make sure and have a cat5 hooked into the LAN port. Upload the Netgear Stock Firmware depending on your version of the WNDR3800CH