As usual the security of these kind of boxes is a bit flawed.. you don't need to install the RootSSH add-on or use the serial port to log in as root, only the ToggleSSH add-on. The default root password is easily guessed ("netgear1").
The only benefit of not installing the RootSSH add-on is that it doesn't get recorded in the flash that you have enabled root-ssh on the box. The RootSSH add-on permanently records the time when SSH was enabled.
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