Netgear Nighthawk R7300DST No Open Source Firmware Options??

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 17:30    Post subject: Netgear Nighthawk R7300DST No Open Source Firmware Options?? Reply with quote
I am throwing in the towel on this one! I was lucky and grabbed up a lot of 5 Netgear R7300DST Routers from Ebay for a good price. Before I bought them I quickly looked and thought that I could install dd-wrt on them but my stupidity led me to find out the hard way that I didn't check to make sure that the R7000 dd-wrt version would work on the R7300. All of the routers work great but my goal was to use them as repeater bridges which of course is not an option with the stock firmware. None of the third party firmware options support this specific model due to supposed security features in the bootloader that prevent third party firmware from being installed as well an issue with the use of an internal power supply that could lead to the board burning up. I would be especially grateful to anyone who has any information about installing dd-wrt on this router or at least generate further discussions about what steps need to be taken to get this unit working to its full potential. I am clueless when it comes to programming or "mods" of devices. I hope that Kong or Brainslayer or anyone of the other Gurus can come up with a solution because I am personally out of options. Thanks for taking time to read this post. Here are the specs that I could find for this router..
Power: 100-240 VAC ~ 50-60 Hz, 1.3 A
Connector type: AC direct
CPU1: Broadcom BCM4709A0 (1 GHz, 2 cores)
CPU2: Broadcom BCM60335
FLA1: 128 MiB (Spansion S34ML01G200TFI00)
RAM1: 256 MiB (Samsung K4B2G1646Q-BCK0)
Expansion IFs: USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB ports: 2
Serial: yes, internal, 4-pin header, 3.3V TTL
WI1 chip1: Broadcom BCM4360
WI1 802dot11 protocols: an+ac
WI1 MIMO config: 3x3:3
WI1 antenna connector: U.FL, RP-SMA
WI2 chip1: Broadcom BCM4360
WI2 802dot11 protocols: bgn
WI2 MIMO config: 3x3:3
WI2 antenna connector: U.FL, RP-SMA
ETH chip1: Broadcom BCM4709A0
ETH chip2: Broadcom BCM54612E
Switch: Broadcom BCM4709A0
LAN speed: 10/100/1000
LAN ports: 4
WAN speed: 10/100/1000
WAN ports: 1

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 20:09    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hardware donation and (more) homework, and convincing BrainSlayer to consider porting it.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 13:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
Looks like they have the same Board ID (U12H270 T00).

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