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Netgear WGR614L Open Source Wireless-G Router (Compatible with Linux)
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Product Description

The Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L) is a full-featured wireless router designed to serve as a reliable, high-performance platform to support a wide variety of applications created by the open source community.The high-performance WGR614L, which is "Works with Windows Vista" certified, features a 240 MHz MIPS32 CPU core with 16 KB of instruction cache, 16 KB of data cache, 1 KB of pre-fetch cache, and incorporates 4 MB of flash memory and 16 MB of RAM. In addition to an external 2 dBi antenna, the WGR614L integrates a second internal diversity antenna to provide enhanced performance and range. The router supports free open source Linux -based Tomato and DD-WRT firmware and will soon support OpenWRT.The NETGEAR Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L), which features one 10/100 Internet WAN port and a four-port 10/100 LAN switch, incorporates an 802.11g access point to support wireless connectivity at speeds of up to 54 Mbps. The WGR614L supports static and dynamic routing with TCP/IP, VPN pass-through (IPSec, L2TP), NAT, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP (client and server), and Bigpond. A Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall protects the network from intruders, and the wireless connection is secured with support for 40-, 128- and 152-bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), WPA2-PSK, and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Additional security features include: Exposed Host (DMZ), MAC address authentication, URL content filtering, logs and e-mail alerts of Internet activity.

The NETGEAR WGR614L Open Source Wireless-G Router is an 802.11g wireless router that includes open-source code for Linux developers and open-source experts. The WGR614L is designed to let you customize it to your own specifications and create firmware for specialized applications.

The NETGEAR WGR614L Router offers:
  • 802.11g wireless router compatible with both Linux and Windows
  • Switch with four 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports.
  • 240 MHz CPU and 4 MB Flash, 16 MB RAM running Linux.
  • Open-source code for developing custom firmware.

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High-Performance Wired and Wireless Connectivity
The WGR614L functions as a 802.11g wireless access point, supports speeds up to 54 Mbps, is backwards compatible with 802.11b networks, and is auto-rate capable. The router has both an external antenna and an internal diversity antenna for maximum wireless range and performance. The router also boasts wired connectivity with four 10/100 Mbps (auto-sensing) Ethernet ports.

Both static and dynamic routing with TCP/IP is supported, as is VPN pass-through (IPsec, L2TP), NAT, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP (client and server).

Security You Can Depend On
A Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall protects your network against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and the wireless access point supports WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK encryption, as well as 40/64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption.

Open Source for Customization
Just because it's Linux doesn't mean it's difficult. The router works with most Internet gaming and instant messaging applications, and automatically detects ISP type, has exposed host (DMZ), MAC address authentication, URL content filtering, and logs and email alerts of internet activity. ADD MORE

The WGR614L features a 240 MHz CPU, 4 MB flash and 16 MB RAM, and runs the Linux operating system. Users can customize and modify the router to achieve special functionality and optimizations, as well as create custom software applications.

The router comes with a comprehensive open-source user guide, and for additional development support you, the router has its own active open source Web community (, featuring user forums, downloads, and blogs.

Windows Compatibility
Sometimes you have to boot into Windows, and the WGR614L has you covered there as well. The router features both WPA and WPA2 standards, and is "Works with Windows Vista" certified.

The router measures 6.9 x 1.1 x 4.7 inches (WxHxD) and weighs a little more than half a pound. It is backed by a 1-year warranty.

What's in the Box
WGR614L Open Source Wireless-G Router, setup CD, power adapter, ethernet cable, vertical stand, warranty/support information card.

  • Open source 802.11G router allows Linux users and developers create custom firmware for special applications
  • Switch with four 10/100 Mbps auto-sensing ports; external antenna and internal diversity antenna for maximum range
  • Features 240 MHz CPU, 4 MB flash and 16MB RAM and runs the Linux operating system
  • Supported by open source community website with forums, blogs and downloads
  • Measures 6.9 x 1.1 x 4.7 inches (WxHxD); 1-year warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Works better than expected
    I have a lot of walls to go through between my base unit and remote unit. The netgear series has done a great job in delivering high speed wireless connection. Originally, I got the linksys series which just proved to be worthless for my situation. ...more info
  • Trying To Be Objective
    If you know nothing about wireless routers, I have a lot to tell you. I bought a condo a few years back and there was NO phone jack in the second bedroom/office (stupid, huh?). Because the floor was concrete and I shared the ceiling with a neighbor, no electrician would come out to install a phone jack or run a line into the room through the walls. So I bought a router. It was a LINKSYS, but it only lasted a year. So I bought this Netgear on some advice. The manual setup is easy. Open your desktop and install the card/antennae into any slot and close up the desktop. Find a phone jack in another room that is closest to your desktop (remember to avoid as many obstacles as possible, like walls and especially washer/dryers or any metal objects). Then plug your phone cord into the router. My closest connection was in the kitchen with one wall between the router and desktop antennae.

    That was easy, but I had a lot of trouble setting up the software and spent hours on the phone with support from the Philippines (Have you dealt with support from the Philippines or India???). Then I had to talk to my phone company to get the codes correct (POP, STMP, etc.). It was a real headache. When it was finally working, the connectivity would vary and sometimes it was slow. I finally trashed it and ripped up the rug and now run my phone line under the carpet on the concrete along the walls. It's a direct connection.

    If you are one of the lucky ones who can figure things out, this system is great for one reason, in that it can connect up to four separate computers, but I found with only one computer it was not worth the hassle. As I have mentioned in other reviews, although I enjoy electronics, I am not that technologically savvy. But that was just MY experience.

    ...more info
  • Ordered WGR614L but received WGR614v8
    I ordered the WGR614L router because the description stated that it supports Linux and port forwarding. We were able to get the wired connection setup but my laptop was unable to pick up the wireless signal for the router. A couple of times I got a message that I had no wireless adapter connected, even though I was able to see other wireless networks. We called Netgear and spent an hour on the phone with the rep and were still unable to get the wireless connection to work. After deciding to give up on the wireless connection, we asked the rep where to find the firewall so we could setup port forwarding. His response was 'what firewall that is on your computer'. By that time we had spent a good 4 hrs trying to get this router to work. It was also at this point that we looked at the bottom of the router and realized it had WGR614v8. Needless to say I sent this router back to Amazon. I bought a DYNEX Enhanced Wireless G Router and we were able to setup the wireless connection and port forwarding in about 20 minutes. It also works fine with Linux....more info
  • If You've Got a Billy Next Door, the Netgear WGR614L Router Might Just be for You
    Okay, I got my router, what next? Open the box, of course. Found a CD inside. Put it in my iMac, figured out to click on index.htm all by myself, maybe the little Safari icon helped a bit. Was confronted with PDF page on my screen, clicked on English from all the language choices, page changed, gave me four more choices, clicked on Setup Manual.

    I was good to go with the first couple topics, Getting to Know Your Wireless Router, Unpacking Your New Router, the front and back panel etc, but as soon as I got to the next topic after unpacking the thing, I was lost. The topic was called, "What You Need Before You Begin". I needed to know my host and domain names, my internet login name and password (frequently an e-mail address and password), Domain Name Server (DNS) addresses, Fixed or static IP address. I'm a Mac person, so of course I didn't know that stuff. But no worries, the directions told me I could call my ISP and they would provide it.

    No, no, no. Did I say I was a Mac person. I don't know an ISP from a VFW and I don't want to. I just want things to work when I plug them in. So I went to Netgear's website, called their support number and after having to go through a bunch of recordings got connected to a guy in a foreign country who I barely understood. I certainly didn't understand him well enough to follow any directions, so I let him ramble for a bit, told him I got it when I didn't. He asked me to wait for a case number. I did and after he hung up and went next door and got Billy. He's sixteen and there is nothing about computers he does not know.

    He got me set up and now everything works fine, not any better than my Airport did, which I was able to set up all by myself, but fine. This is a good product if you aren't a silly woman like me who just wants things to work. If you've got a Billy next door, then this might just be the product for you. If you don't, well....more info
  • Great router
    I bought this router in order to run custom firmware because I was sick of dealing with featureless and for the most part unstable firmware that is provided by router manufacturers. I loaded up DD:WRT v24SP2 on this and it is completely stable. Webpages seem to start loading faster than they did when I was on the stock firmware and my WiFi signal is stronger running at 70 mW instead of the default of 28 (DD:WRT lets you adjust it higher or lower). When I was on the stock firmware it used to sometimes drop the wireless connection and since installing DD:WRT it is rock solid.

    I will be buying Linux compatible routers from now on. If you're not a Netgear fan then I would look into Linksys. I like Netgear better because the previous 2 Linksys routers I owned developed major problems that were unfixable with firmware upgrades. Netgear has always been good to me. I wouldn't recommend this router unless you are savvy with computers, as you can "brick" (destroy) your router if you don't know what you are doing when flashing it with custom firmware. There are ways to de-brick, but they are involved processes (involves soldering and tftp). So, if you have no need to run Linux based firmware then buy a different model, they can normally be had for cheaper as well. ...more info
  • A router as easy or as complex as you want it to be.
    A great router that lets you set up a wireless network in your home and share a single internet connection with everyone in your house or office at speeds up to 54 Mbps. Now even Grandma can set up a wireless network. I had it up and running in a few minutes. Just plug the included Ethernet cable from your internet connection into the router and insert the included CD into any computer on the network, which shows step-by-step instructions. It uses a website style interface for configuration, and will automatically do the initial setup by getting your DNS settings and determining your IP address. The firmware is also upgradeable via the web interface so you will always be up-to-date. Supporting the 802.11g standard, this router offers wireless data speeds of up to 54 Mbps, making it possible to share a broadband internet connection, stream music without hiccups, watch videos with less load time, and videoconference without problems. Downloading files is up to five times faster than it was with 802.11b. There are also four 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet ports in the back for connecting computers to the network via a faster, wired connection. Many security options to ensure your data is private. Double firewall protection keeps your network shielded from outside attacks. Both 40/64-bit, 128-bit, and 152-bit (802.11g only) WEP encryption is available, as well as WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access). You can also use MAC address authentication to allow only authorized users onto the network.

    It's priced lower than it's competition, the Linksys WRT54GL and yet more powerful hardware for Open source firmwares. Linux Open Source Compatible hardware, WPS PIN Support and easy Secure Wireless Configuration, Secure WPA2 standards, Stable and reliable performance, a helpful open source community at and DD-WRT and Tomato firmware compatible. It's as complex as you would like it to be, or ready to use out of the box....more info
  • Great product
    After a typical guy approach to setting this product other words I skimmed through the directions and then spent about 12 hours trying to figure the error of my ways.... Please Please...follow the instructions carefully and you will be so happy with the final outcome. This product replaced my 5 year old Netgear router. ...more info