NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX3700 Firmware Update. The NETGEAR Wi-Fi Range Extender EX3700 hardware is compact and of good quality. Therefore full number of points. The included firmware from Netgear can unfortunately be described as insufficient if you compare the range of functions with that of OpenWRT. If you want to use the hardware of the EX3700, you should switch to OpenWRT.
NETGEAR EX3700 Firmware Update
Flashing OpenWRT on the EX3700 is unproblematic: Initially, OpenWRT is loaded as a new firmware image (* .chk file) with the manufacturer’s web frontend via the web browser and then the EX3700 is booted. With OpenWRT version 18 there is initially only SSH access via email@example.com and you can easily a.) The web frontend LuCI (if you like it) and b.) Install updates. Professionals will get by with SSH access and can find everything they need to set up under / etc / config /. Average users who are not so you-on-you with the Linux shell should prefer the OpenWRT web frontend.
About the hardware: CPU is a single MIPS 24KEc core in the form of the MT7620A with built-in 2.4GHz WLAN and 10/100 Ethernet port. The 5.5 GHz WLAN is implemented with the MT7612 chip. 8MByte NOR-FLash (serial flash chip) and 64MByte DDR-RAM are available as memory. OpenWRT including web frontend can be conveniently suppressed. Larger software modules such as OpenVPN are not recommended on the single core because they are too weak.
I do not use the EX3700 as a range extender but as a simple dual WLAN AP in order to implement two independent WLANs including IP implementation (NAT) and VLANs for connection via Ethernet: One WLAN AP for an internal, non-public WLAN on 2.4GHz with full access to all servers in the LAN. And a slightly smaller guest WiFi at 5.5GHz, which is unencrypted and with a simple captive portal provides free Internet access for visitors and guests and their mobiles / laptops. This can be done very compactly with the EX3700 and at a price of around 30 euros.
WLAN in all rooms – that doesn\’t work on four floors with a router. Now I looked for an extension, a repeater, and found it here. On Sunday I ordered late in the evening and received it today. The setup took place in four steps: 1) plugged into the socket 2) press the WPS button on the repeater 3) press and hold the WPS button on the router within 2 minutes until the WLAN LED flashes 4) wait until the repeater the LED for WPS and router connection lights up -> done. Now I just have to find an optimal location in the basement = 2 floors under the router =. The first tests have already been successful.
NETGEAR EX3700 not my first repeater that I use. This EX3700 from Netgear could be installed without looking at the instructions. Small drawbacks: 1) The AVM repeaters have several LEDs to display the field strength. But the three-colored LEDs should be sufficient for this and 2) The repeater becomes relatively warm, so it should be freely mounted, which will be done anyway for HF-technical reasons. So here is the firmware.