R8000 Open Source Firmware
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.
Let me begin by saying we have some great developers working on NETGEAR firmware releases. I've been using Kong's and shibby's DD-WRT and Tomato builds for years on various NETGEAR models, and all have been fantastic.
This article describes the steps required for firmware upgrade in Netgear R8000. Here I use OEM firmware downloaded from the NETGEAR support site and DD-WRT firmware downloaded from here.
Using serial console setup users can get access to the serial console of their router. Serial console setup finds its most important use in debricking a router. Moreover, developers may use it to extract useful debug information from their routers.
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