The DD-WRT router firmware may not be for everyone. If you’ve installed DD-WRT on your Netgear router and you want to revert back to the stock Netgear firmware you can use the firmware upgrade section of the DD-WRT interface to upload and flash the firmware file from Netgear. Netgear keeps a stock of all its router firmware online in a knowledge base so you can download the appropriate version for your router.
- Download the Netgear firmware to your computer. Browse to the Netgear Router Support site and type in the model number of your router. You can find the model number on a sticker on the bottom of the router or on the back under the Ethernet ports, if it’s a stand-up model. Type in the model number and press “Enter” to search for it. Locate the most recent firmware for your router and download the file to your computer.
- Connect your computer directly to the Netgear router with an Ethernet cable. Log in to the router by typing in the Internet Protocol address of the router. The default IP address is “192.168.1.1” and the default username and password are “root” and “admin.”
- Click on the “Administration” tab and then click on the “Firmware Upgrades” sub-tab. Click on the “Choose File” button and browse to the location of the downloaded firmware file. Double-click the file and then click “Upgrade.” Wait for the upgrade process to complete and for the router to reboot.
- Reset the router by inserting a paper-clip into the reset button hole on the back of the router and holding it down for 30 seconds. Remove the power cord while continuing to hold the reset button. Wait another 30 seconds. Reconnect the power cord and continue holding the reset button for an additional 30 seconds. Release the reset button and wait for the router to fully reset.
- Set up your Netgear router’s firmware by logging in through your browser at routerlogin.net or routerlogin.com. The default username and password are “admin” and “password.”
Tips & Warnings
Flashing your router with DD-WRT can irrevocably damage it to the point where it cannot be repaired. If the damage has been done, you may not be able to flash back to your old firmware.