is there any patch or download that will enable me to keep using my DI-524 router? I did a factory reset in December 2012, which caused it to revert to a date in 2005, as there is no internal clock on the device. I am unable to reset the time manually because the drop-down choices do not go past Dec. 31, 2012, and I am not getting a response when selecting the NTP option. Is my router completely obsolete? help?
Since I don't have the same router, I have no way of telling if it will help, but you should try to upgrade the firmware.
If you take a look at the backside of your router, you should see the revision (H/W Ver.) and the factory-installed firmware (F/W Ver.):
Once you know your router's revision, go to the DI-524 support page, select the proper revision and click Select.
This will give you access to the latest firmware. Compare the latest version to the factory-installed one. If it differs, download the firmware and follow the remaining steps outlined in How do I upgrade the firmware on my DI series router?:
Do this from a wired connection. If your WiFi connection drops during the upgrade, your router might become unusable.
If this doesn't help (or your router already has the latest firmware, you're out of luck. The model has been phased out in 2008 and support ended in 2009...
If NTP is not working, I would say your only real option is to make sure the firmware is updated by looking at the D-Link site for your router: http://www.dlink.com/us/en/support/product/di-524-high-speed-2-4ghz-802-11g-wireless-router?revision=
If not, it appears that you will have to put up with perennially incorrect dates on your router since D-Link has stopped supporting this model. Sorry.