Netgear WG302 Firmware upgrade via Telnet

NOTE: Instead of using SolarWinds TFTP server i used  TFTPd32(

Part 1: Upgrade the Boot Loader Commands:

  1. Connect to the WG302 console port via MS Hyper terminal with these settings:
  • Bits per second: 9600
  • Data bits: 8
  • Parity: None
  • Stop bits: 1
  • Flow control: None

  1. Copy patch.txt from the zip file into a working file folder on your PC.

  2. Connect the access point to your PC’s communication port with an RS232 cable.

  3. After powering on the access point, immediately press CTRL-C (CTRL and C keys at the same time). The RedBoot> prompt displays in HyperTerm. Here's an example of what this sequence might look like:

+Ethernet eth0: MAC address 00:09:5b:74:f3:c5

IP:, Gateway:
Default server:, DNS server IP:

RedBoot(tm) bootstrap and debug environment [ROM]

Red Hat certified release, version 1.92 - built 18:59:19, Sep 19 2003

Platform: IXDP425 Development Platform (XScale)

Copyright (C) 2000, 2001, 2002, Red Hat, Inc.

RAM: 0x00000000-0x10000000, 0x0001f920-0x0ffd1000 available

FLASH: 0x50000000 - 0x50800000, 64 blocks of 0x00020000 bytes each.

== Executing boot script in 2.000 seconds - enter ^C to abort



  1. Select Send Text File from Transfer Menu in HyperTerminal, and select patch.txt to transfer. The access point automatically rebots after upgrade is done.

  2. Continue to Part 2 to upgrade the firmware.

Part 2: To Upgrade the Firmware Using TFTP

  1. Configure the IP address of your PC to 2. If you do not have a TFTP server on your PC, install one now. (These are available, free, from such places as Solarwinds. You may download the software from 3. Copy the WG302 firmware image: wg302v41_8.rmt into the TFTP Root directory, such as c:TFTP-Root. 4. Rename the image to wg302.rmt. (If your TFTP server gives an error "ixp425.rmt not found" then you have a beta unit. For beta units rename "wg302.rmt" to ixp425.rmt.) 5. Connect your PC and the WG302 access point directly with a CAT5 Ethernet cable. 6. Start the TFTP server. (An example, showing Solarwinds start-up window, appears below.)

  1. Disconnect the power cord from access point.

  2. Press and hold the reset button on access point. Plug in the power while holding the reset button.


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