I recently was given a sky router by a friend, which actually turned out to be a Netgear DG834GT but with sky’s own firmware on it (probably just a tweaked version of the netgear firmware but with some aspects disabled).
I’ve spent the last few days trying to recover the router, as the recovery tool you have to use causes Vista to Bluescreen! I initally thought i’d bricked the router but as i spent more time researching i discovered that it could still be saved!
So this post is basically to provide more advice to people wanting to re-flash their router, mainly highlighting a couple of things missing from the guide in the skyusers post above.
- DO NOT USE VISTA! The Netgear recovery tool does not work properly on Vista, and every time i tried it caused my computer to bluescreen.
- Make sure you only have one firmware file in the directory. This is the problem i had and until someone mentioned this on another site i had two firmware files in that directory. As soon as i took one out it worked. Just for reference, when both files were there the recovery tool didn’t see the device. I tried several computers but no luck. I went back to the original XP machine i used and made sure i had just one firmware file and it worked stratight away.
- You may need to set a static IP address. If you do, use the following settings:
IP Address: 192.168.0.2
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway: 192.168.0.1
DNS Server: 192.168.0.1
Without the post on the skyuser forum i would not have managed to recover my router, so a lot of thanks goes to all the users there. I hope this post helps anyone else in the same situation, please post if this is of use to you.