Change language in DD-WRT after flashing

During the upgrade to DD-WRT, I have had the router default to Chinese.  In order to change the language to English (or another language – DD-WRT supports 13 languages), the easiest way is to Telnet into the router and run the three commands below.


First enable the Telnet Client under Features (Programs and Features) in Windows.

  • Under the control panel in Windows, open Program and Features
  • Click on Add/Remove Features
  • Check the Telnet Client


After enabling telnet, go to a command prompt as an administrator and type the following:



open (IP address of router)
Login with root and your password
type the following:

nvram set language=english  
nvram commit  

Log in using a browser

Chinese language gone


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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