This device is NOT RECOMMENDED for future use with OpenWrt due to low flash/ram.
DO NOT BUY DEVICES WITH 4MB FLASH / 32MB RAM if you intend to flash an up-to-date and secure OpenWrt version onto it! See 4/32 warning for details.

1) This device does not have sufficient resources (flash and/or RAM) to provide secure and reliable operation.
This means that even setting a password or changing simple network settings might not be possible any more, rendering the device effectively useless. See OpenWrt on 4/32 devices what you can do now.

2) OpenWrt support for this device has ended in 2022.
19.07.10 was the last official build for 4/32 devices.

A router that was end-of-lifed by Netgear on October 1, 2005, it remains a useful and versatile device. It includes the typical 4+1 ethernet ports, plus a USB host port and a mini-PCI slot holding an Atheros b/g radio. It was designed with the idea that you could host data on an attached USB drive and access it from your wireless devices. However, apparently consumers didn't want to do that in sufficient numbers to support a price premium.

Note: A lot of good information is on the OldWiki page:

Trunk introduced a legacy target ( ) for old brcm47xx units like this one. As of 15.05.1 this works with the brcm47xx legacy build with kmod-ath5k added and with the fix described below in section “Recovering from Board Information Overwrites”. The firmware has been broken since the transition from the 4.14 kernel (see 3135)

There are two versions of the WGT634U, but they are not labelled in a distinguishing manner. The first version is very rare and appears to represent the first production run, almost all extant versions are the latter. The difference between the two is principally in that the first lacks a heatsink on the CPU and populates both serial ports and the JTAG interface with headers. The early version also populates some resistors for the JTAG. Later models, presumably, can enable JTAG by installing the 0603 SMD resistors, though this has not been known to be tested yet.

Also notable are the mini-PCI slot and Atheros b/g radio.

Install OpenWrt (generic explanation)

There are numerous ways to install OpenWrt on the WGT634U. Unlike many other devices, the WGT634U does not automatically try to fetch an image via TFTP or automatically accept one that is sent. TFTP can only be initiated from a serial console. Images can also be flashed from a running system, either the stock firmware or using the mtd utility from a previous version of OpenWrt.


Unless you manage to overwrite the CFE bootloader, you can flash any image using this method from any state, even semi-bricked, non-booting ones:

For more details on this process, see Installing OpenWrt over FTP (generic)

  • Important: The WGT634U bootloader will not reliably flash an image larger than about 2 megabytes. (This appears to be a limitation of CFE.) If your image is larger than this, as is the case for all recent OpenWrt versions, you will need to flash it in two steps. You will need to cut the image into parts using /bin/dd or a similar tool.
  • Attach a serial console (set to 115200 baud, N-8-1, no flow control)
  • Attach a network cable between the WAN port of the WGT634U and your computer. Configure your computer's Ethernet adapter for the static address, with a netmask of
  • While holding down Ctrl-C in the serial console, apply power to the WGT634U and the boot should abort at the CFE> prompt
  • Configure the network interface for a static address in the same subnet as your computer
    CFE> ifconfig eth0 -addr= -mask=
    Device eth0:  hwaddr 00-0F-B5-3F-23-6E, ipaddr, mask
            gateway not set, nameserver not set
    *** command status = 0
  • Flash the binary file (in two parts, if necessary):
    CFE> flash -noheader <ipaddr-of-TFTP-server>:<path-to-your-image>.bin flash0.os
    CFE> flash -noheader -noerase -offset=<size-of-part1-in-bytes> <ipaddr-of-TFTP-server>:<path-to-part2>.bin flash0.os
  • Here is a more explicit example of a two-part flash including the expected responses from the router: it will take only 15 seconds or so to read each 2 MiB binary file, but typically 3 minutes on my device to actually complete the Programming... part:
    CFE> flash -noheader flash0.os
    Reading Done. 2000000 bytes read
    Programming...done. 2000000 bytes written
    CFE> flash -noheader -noerase -offset=2000000 flash0.os
    Reading Done. 1936256 bytes read
    Programming...done. 1936256 bytes written
    *** command status = 0
  • Reboot:
    CFE> reboot

LuCI Web Upgrade Process

Download openwrt-brcm47xx-squashfs.trx from openwrt release to your local, from luci interface “System”-“Backup / Flash Firmware” submit downloaded file and wait. Reopen your router's url address from browser if needed.

Terminal Upgrade Process

  • Login as root via SSH
  • Use the following commands to upgrade:
cd /tmp/
wget http://<hostname>/openwrt-brcm47xx-squashfs.trx
mtd -r write /tmp/openwrt-brcm47xx-squashfs.trx linux
Architecture MIPS
Vendor Broadcom
Bootloader CFE
System-On-Chip Broadcom BCM3302 V0.7 (from /proc/cpuinfo)
CPU Speed 200 MHz
Flash-Chip Intel te28f640
Flash size 8 MiB
RAM 32 MiB
Wireless Atheros b/g with soldered antenna pigtail
Ethernet Switch in CPU
Serial Yes

Model Number


Photo of front


Photo of back

There are four screws on the bottom. They are either phillips head or T-8 Torx. Refurbs tend to have phillips, the originals from Netgear tend to have torx. In the absence of a T-8, a small flathead screwdriver can be used in a pinch. I recommend a Torx if you are going to be opening it more than once.

Main PCB

Photo of PCB

The serial console is available on J7. Numbered from the ethernet port side of the board, they are:

  1. VCC (3.3V)
  2. TX
  3. RX

The serial port is the typical 3.3V TTL serial commonly found on router and router-like devices, NOT a PC-style RS-232 serial, with it's different signaling voltages. It's 115200 8-N-1 without hardware or software control.

The JTAG is not confirmed to work, but differences between the early versions and later ones show missing resistors on what looks almost certainly to be a JTAG interface.

There is a JTAG looking port (2 x 7 holes) on the board. Except for the very early versions of the board, however, needed surface mount resistors are missing. On the bottom of the board, early versions are populated with 0603 SMD resistors:

  • R66 = 10k ohms
  • R65 = 33 ohms
  • R67 = 10k ohms
  • R68 = 10k ohms
  • R73 = 0 ohms (shunt)

The pinout is *probably* standard 14-pin, but check and report back. For more information on reflashing the device, see these JTAG tools

See port.jtag for more JTAG details.

The default network configuration is:

Interface Name Description Default configuration
br-lan LAN & WiFi
vlan0 (eth0.0) LAN ports (1 to 4) None
vlan1 (eth0.1) WAN port DHCP
ath0 WiFi Disabled


NOTE: By default, the physical WAN port lands on the LAN and the last physical LAN port (identified as #4 on the device) is the WAN port.

Failsafe mode does not work on the WGT634U. If you discover different, report back here.

Because the radio comes in a mini-PCI slot, it is possible to replace it with a different radio. The principal obstacle to this is that the stock antenna is soldered on, and the coax pigtail must be cut or desoldered to remove it. With minor case modifications, it is possible to replace the radio with a Wistron CM-9 or similar and a u.fl to RP-SMA pigtail using the original antenna hole. The stock radio has a cut-out to accomodate a plastic internal screw peg, so a little delicate dremel work is needed to make room for the CM-9.

The mini-PCI slot is reported to have limited power, making the use of higher powered radios like the Ubiquiti SR2 problematic.

First Get USB Basic Support(OHCI controllers is what you needed) Or simply run below (before Chaos Calmer):

opkg install kmod-usb2 kmod-usb-ohci kmod-usb-storage-extras

For Chaos Calmer run this instead, or your USB port will not be powered until kmod-usb-ohci-pci or kmod-usb2-pci installed as workaround

opkg install kmod-usb2 kmod-usb-ohci-pci kmod-usb-storage-extras 

Then install USB Storage(install kmod-fs-vfat if you just want fat/fat32) Using storage devices Or simply run below:

opkg install kmod-fs-vfat kmod-nls-cp437 kmod-nls-iso8859-1 block-mount

The USB host port was unique at the time the WGT634U was introduced. Diverse device driver availability allow the USB port to connect any number of various hardware. For example, by connecting a 4-port hub, a WGT634U with a connected USB GPS, USB Storage and USB sound was used as a kismet wireless stumbling device, playing MP3 audio clips for feedback.

Note however, that although the USB port is advertised as USB2 and indeed it is detected as such, it is limited to 12Mbps data rates.

Another use employed a zd1211 usb radio as a way of implementing a two-radio repeater. Separating the two radios with a USB extension (up to 5 meters) is probably wise.

See the following section for an explanation what happens if you flash 8.09.1 on these devices and how to recover if you do.

Despite the amazing functionality of these devices, they do not get as much love and attention from OpenWrt developers as they once did. At various stages of history, the board detection logic has become messed up, and distributed versions of the OpenWrt image (see in particular 8.09.1, and Kamikaze Trunk mid-July 2010 to the end of 2010) have overwritten crucial parts of the board configuration information on flash, which renders the device unbootable thereafter. Recovery is not terribly difficult however, with a serial console. Attach the console, boot up to a CFE prompt, and type the following commands:

CFE> setenv -p STARTUP "ifconfig eth0 -addr= -mask=; boot -elf flash0.os:"
CFE> setenv -p kernel_args "console=ttyS1,115200 root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc rw syst_size=8M"
CFE> setenv -p et0phyaddr 254
CFE> setenv -p et0mdcport 0
CFE> setenv -p configvlan 0x1
CFE> setenv -p et0macaddr 00-0f-b5-3d-58-b6
CFE> setenv -p et1macaddr 00-0f-b5-3d-58-b7
CFE> reboot

(substituting your own macaddrs, which are printed on the case.)

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