Router D Link 615 – Hardware version D4 + DD-WRT
I wanted to find a router capable of running DD-WRT, this new firmware provides enhanced functionality over the standard stock firmware. Some Buffalo routers come with DD-WRT pre-installed but I struggled to find any nearby. So the search was on, I first looked for new routers and found a few from TP Link, but having had problems with some homeplugs (powerline adapters) I decided to keep looking and happened to find that D-Link DIR 615 cable routers would great with DD-WRT. These routers also happened to have been sent out by one of the big UK internet service providers meaning there are plenty on e-bay, still boxed and never used. So just under £9 later (inc P+P) I had a D-Link 615 (revision: D4) cable router.
It arrived and was brand new as per the advert, clear plastic still stuck down and all included accessories in the box – stand, PSU, screws (for wall mounting) and Cat5e cable. It booted fine, so onto acquiring the DD-WRT firmware which I downloaded from their website – I selected the D4 version and downloaded the: “Webflash image for first installation version”.
To install it was straightforward, turn on the router and connect it to a PC, then open a browser and navigate to: 192.168.0.1 entered the username: admin and left the password field blank. Then I found the upgrade firmware page and browsed for the file on the desktop and clicked ok.
Then a wait a couple of minutes for the router to be flashed and reboot.
Then after navigating to: 192.168.1.1 (different to above) I was presented with the DD-WRT interface and asked to set a username and password for the device.
Job done, router re-flashed. Now just need to set-up as an access point which hopefully will be reasonably easy too.
Here’s a picture of the interface, clear and easy to use.
Note: The DIR-615 is a cable router meaning there is no Broadband ADSL modem so a modem or another ADSL router will still be needed to connect to the internet if you have an ADSL (telephone line) connection.
- 300 Mbps 2.4 GHz
- dual antenna
- IEEE 802.11n
- IEEE 802.11g
- IEEE 802.3
- IEEE 802.3u
- 112 x 152 x 28 mm