Just got a Netgear DGN3500 router
Factory firmware version is V1.1.00.28_1.00.28
According to the instructions, I made OEM firmware through native firmware
Selected to install openwrt-22.03.2-lantiq-xway-netgear_dgn3500-squashfs-factory
The utility started reviewing, it took about 5 minutes, and in the end it said that it was successfully completed
But the red power light and the WAN port number are lit on the router, and it spontaneously reboots for about 30 seconds
At the same time, he cannot go to the address 192.168.1.1
This is a problem specifically with version 22.03
This was written by a user of my router in September of this year
that's why he got pissed off
and it's strange that no one wrote about it on the wiki and no one warned
try to install a minimalistic 22.03. If you brick again, you now know how to restore and reinstall 21.02.
stick to 21.02, that's probably the wiser. It comes a time when vintage devices can no longer be updated.
This device has a small kernel partition which is probably enoug the fit kernel 5.4 (21.02) but not kernel 5.10 (22.03). Can you paste the result of cat /proc/mtd ? Just to check that the result is the same that in the doc.
Kernel partition size is about 2.2MB which is rather small. That explains why the kernel 5.10 from 22.03 can't fit.
I'm not involved in this wiki.
Many devices are in this case. Before upgrading, the user must check that the partition layout can fit the need ofr the newer version of OpenWrt. Sometimes it is tricky to know. This may be a larger topic than this one.
So ... keep the device with 21.02.5, and consider the topic closed.