We own a Netgear GS748Tv1 (serial 141*). Sadly, due to a firmware update gone wrong, the bootloader got flashed away into oblivion.

Since the warranty is expired, Netgear will not help us (this comes from their support staff). The firmware on their support site does not seem to include a bootloader.

We would like to avoid replacing the hardware since we are a non-profit and cannot really afford it now.

Can you help me find a suitable bootloader? A full image of a similar but still working device's flash memory would be just as good.


Not sure if it is any help to you, but I found an old page with Beta firmware you may be able to try?


http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/13184 <- Or this one?

Maybe worth checking out. Another option might be to see if you can contact someone that has one listed on ebay. They may be able to get you the file at a small cost, it beats buying another one!

  • Thanks, I'll see if that firmware contains the bootloader. I haven't tried asking on ebay yet, will see if that works. – t.dubrownik Nov 5 '12 at 20:53
  • Well, sadly this firmware doesn't seem to have the bootloader either. – t.dubrownik Nov 5 '12 at 21:13
  • There is a boot loader in this download, not sure if it will suit your switch? kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/13184 – jezhug Nov 7 '12 at 11:48
  • Initially we discarded this download as fitting a very different switch, but now that the actual bootloader is so elusive, we may give it a whirl. Will report back once we have some results:) – t.dubrownik Nov 7 '12 at 19:58
  • My friend took a look at that code and claims it isn't compatible either. We also took a look inside a GS724T switch and found that it unfortunately has entirely different hardware inside. – t.dubrownik Nov 11 '12 at 23:18

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