The venerable shibby, hailing from Poland and an expert in all things Tomato and NETGEAR, has ported the famous firmware to the NETGEAR R8000 Nighthawk. If you're looking for a way to turn this router into an even more customizable powerhouse, this is a good way to go.
Do you have a VPN on your open source router?
One of the best features of the various flavors of open source firmware available for NETGEAR routers is the ability to enable use with your personal VPN client.
Enabling a VPN client on your router can have a variety of benefits. Most notably it will mask your IP (Internet Protocol) address and encrypt your connection in order to protect your security and privacy. All connections to your router, guest or private, run through your encrypted connection.
If you're the proud owner of a NETGEAR R8500 "Nighthawk" router and are using the NETGEAR firmware, now's the time to upgrade! If your router hasn't automatically prompted you to upgrade, you can download the firmware from the official NETGEAR R8500 support page.
Several features and enhancements are offered in this update, including improvements to OpenVPN throughput, enhanced 2.4 GHz performance in environments with high intereference, and more.
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