I’ve had this little router for years, bought it for $20 with a $20 rebate, and since upgrading the OS to DD-WRT it’s performed flawlessly.
I have a Belkin wireless router (model number: F5D7230-4 v1444). For some reason, the â€œVirtual Serverâ€ (or â€œPort Forwardingâ€) did not work correctly. Itâ€™s obviously a firmware problem. I checked the firmware version and my router had the latest firmware from Belkin. I wrote to Belkin Customer Service but who knows how long I have to wait to a response from them.
Thus I tried to find a custom firmware for my router on the Internet and I came across a firmware project called â€œDD-WRTâ€œ. The project was targeted at making custom firmwares for Linksys WRT54G/GS routers. However, there is a micro version which can be used on Belkin F5D7230-4 v1444. I decided to give it a try.
I downloaded the latest generic micro version of DD-WRT and flashed it to my router. After flashing, the â€œVirtual Serverâ€ on my router works perfectly and thatâ€™s why you can read this post. There are lots of features in DD-WRT firmware and I have not scratched the surface yet.
One thing to note is that the flashing was not an easy task. The DD-WRT Wiki has one section devoted to the installation on the Belkin F5D7230-4.
Instructions on how to flash the Belkin F5D7230-4 v1444:
- Download the latest generic micro firmware from dd-wrt.com (dd-wrt.v23_micro_generic.bin as of this writing).
- Reset router to factory defaults. Unplug the router.
- Connect your computer directly to one of the LAN ports on the router.
- The router starts up with IP address 192.168.2.1. Set your computers IP address manually to the following setting: IP Address: 192.168.2.2, Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0, Default Gateway: leave blank.
- Go to www.linksys.com and goto their download page. (You may want to do this first before you reset to the factory defaults in case resetting screws up your internet connection.)
- Download the firmware for BEFW11S4 – EtherFast Wireless AP + Cable/DSL Router w/4-Port Switch.
- Extract the Tftp.exe program from the zip file.
- Start Tftp program and set server to: 192.168.2.1 and for the file part, put the location of your â€œdd-wrt.v23_micro_generic.binâ€ file.
- Set retries to 20.
- Power up router.
- Click upgrade and then hit the reset button on your router. If program doesnâ€™t catch the Belkinâ€™s tftp window, just hit reset again. The Tftp program will let you know when it is upgrading and succeeds.
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