Sunday, March 06, 2011

Making the WRN3500L into a Print Server

The Netgear WRN3500L came to my notice very recently when a local store had it on sale for the same price as the venerable Linksys WRT54GL, my go-to router for stable-as-a-rock installs for many years. The WRN3500L is also a Linux router, but it has all sorts of cool extras; Wireless N, gigabit Ethernet, and coolest of all, a USB port! Sadly, the supplied firmware didn't have any print server capabilities, and I really wanted that feature.

So, I've managed to turn my Netgear WRN3500L router into a print server (while still keeping it as a nice router). I did so using the standard DD-WRT build and an extra package that I downloaded using ipkg, the package-manager for OpenWrt and DD-WRT.

I used the following resources:
The DD-WRT router database and wiki

Read on for my detailed instructions on doing it yourself. And feel free to comment if you have found things I should add or change.


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