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Old October 20th, 2008, 12:13 PM
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Default Guide: How to update your Virgin WGR614v9 firmware to generic Netgear firmware!

Below information come from here

http://wiki.openwrt.org/OpenWrtDocs/.../TelnetConsole

Please advise that this fix is not supported by Netgear Support/ Warranty. If you brick your devices you will not obtain NO WARRANTY!!



Hi everybody!

Yes, you've read the title right! This is a guide on how to update your firmware on the Netgear WGR614v9 from Virgin (FCC ID PY306400057)!

After having been searching the internet for something that feels like ages, this is what I've pieced together from everywhere to get the end result that I wanted: out with the Virgin customized firmware and in with the newest Netgear firmware!

So, this is what to do:
  • First of all you need to connect your computer to the WGR614v9 using a wired LAN connection.
  • Second you need a telnet client installed, it’s standard in Windows XP, but not Windows Vista.
  • Third, this is what you need to do:
1. Download the file wpn824_ko_2.12_1.2.9.zip file from the Korean Netgear support website or from the other locations found around the web (mirror 1, mirror 2, mirror 3 or mirror 4) and unzip it.
2. Login to Windows using an account which has administrative privileges (needed for sending custom crafted network packets which this tool does).
3. You will see a Microsoft Word document, which contains screenshots and instructions in korean language, a firmware update (you don't need this) and the telnetEnable.exe tool
4. Get the MAC address of your Netgear router. You can look it up on the web interface of your router (Maintenance -> Router status -> LAN port -> MAC Address).
5. Copy or type the MAC address to a text editor such as Notepad, Wordpad or write it down.
Remove any minus signs ( - ) or colons ( : ), replace all characters by their upper case representation (a -> A, d-> D etc.)
6. Copy the result of your editing to the clipboard and return to the command line window.
7. Type (without quotes) "telnetenable.exe", the IP address of your router (e.g. "192.168.1.1"), add another space (" "), paste the contents of the clipboard, and append " Gearguy Geardog". These are the default username and password for telnet console access (they differ from those of the web interface), you need to modify them appropriately if you changed them previously. The result should look similar to this: telnetenable.exe 192.168.1.1 000FB5A2BE26 Gearguy Geardog
8. Now press Enter to run the tool. It should return to the shell pretty quickly with no error. If it takes a long time and returns a 'send failed' error message, just try again.
9. You should now be able to login to the router via telnet from any computer in your local subnet (including the one you just used to activate the listening mode). To do so, type the following (no quotes): "telnet", append the IP of your router and press enter (e.g. telnet 192.168.1.1)
10. You should not be prompted a a login and password, but if you do the login is Gearguy and the password is Geardog - Correct character case is important here.
11. After successful authentication you will be presented a prompt such as: U12H09400 >
12. Then type “burnboardid U12H094T00_NETGEAR
13. Then type “reboot
14. After that, you can log back into the router via its web interface and flash it with the generic netgear firmware. (The newest is available here.)
15. After flashing reset the router by holding in the reset button on the back of the router until the “Ѵ-“sign on the front starts blinking.

Now your Netgear WGR614v9 from Virgin is working just like a generic Netgear WGR614v9, and all there is left to do is set it up using the normal web interface using http://192.168.1.1!

Best of luck, Daniel!

(Everything you do using this guide is 100 % at your own risk!)

Last edited by jmizoguchi; October 30th, 2008 at 06:24 PM.
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Old October 20th, 2008, 12:22 PM
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Default Re: Guide: How to update your Virgin WGR614v9 firmware to generic Netgear firmware!

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(Everything you do using this guide is 100 % at your own risk!)
If the router is the property of Virgin then this may breach you contract (I don't know if it does) so check first.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:03 AM
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Default Re: Guide: How to update your Virgin WGR614v9 firmware to generic Netgear firmware!

Great Post Daniel!

I've been browsing for the solution to this for a while... (MM: Virgin gives out the router as a free gift with broadband packages, it's not a provider specific wifi product such as many of the adsl providers "give" out. The router becomes property of the customer so I doubt it violates anything )

Still no luck unfortunately Daniel... I get telnet access and telnet gives me a BurnboardId OK message, but after the modem reboots, still no luck with the upgrading
The Router gives me an error message: "invalid filename was provided, please try again" just as it did before enabling telnet and when I try to open up a telnet console again it refuses me access and I have to run telnetEnable again.

My router ip has not changed from 192.168.1.1 and I've double checked my MAC address...

Any ideas?
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Old October 30th, 2008, 06:24 PM
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