Check out the latest XWRT-VORTEX download for the R7000

Xwrt-Vortex is a port of Asuswrt-Merlin for various routers developed by Vortex. Xwrt-Vortex retains all the features of the original stock Asus firmware. In addition, the following features have been added/enhanced by RMerlin:


  • Based on the source release from AsusVarious bugfixes
  • Performance optimizations to CPU-bound services such as OpenVPN
  • Some components were updated to their latest versions, for improved stability and security
  • Persistent JFFS partition
  • User scripts that run on specific events
  • Cron jobs
  • Customized config files for router services
  • LED control - put your Dark Knight in Stealth Mode by turning off all LEDs
  • Entware easy setup script (a modern alternative to Optware)
  • SNMP support

Disk sharing:

  • Optionally use shorter share names (folder name only)
  • Disk spindown after user-configurable inactivity timeout
  • NFS exporting of USB drives


  • Act as a SMB Master Browser
  • Act as a WINS server
  • Advanced SSHD support
  • Allows tweaking TCP/UDP connection tracking timeouts
  • CIFS client support (for mounting remote SMB share on the router)
  • User-defined options for WAN DHCP queries (required by some ISPs)
  • Advanced OpenVPN client and server, based on code originally written by Keith Moyer for Tomato and reused with his permission. (all models except RT-N16)
  • Netfilter ipset module, for efficient blacklist implementation
  • Site survey page (under Wireless)
  • Configurable lowest/highest allowed UPNP ports
  • IPSec kernel support (N16/N66/AC66)
  • DNS-based Filtering, can be applied globally or per client
  • Custom DDNS (through a user script)
  • Advanced NAT loopback (as an alternative to the default one)
  • TOR support, individual client control
  • Policy routing for the OpenVPN client (based on source or destination IPs), sometimes referred to as "selective routing")

Web interface:

  • Optionally save traffic stats to disk (USB or JFFS partition)
  • Enhanced traffic monitoring: added monthly, as well as per IP monitoring
  • Name field on the DHCP reservation list and Wireless ACL list
  • System info summary page
  • Wireless client IP, hostname, rate and rssi on the Wireless Log page
  • Wifi icon reports the state of both radios
  • Display the Ethernet port states
  • The various MAC/IP selection pulldowns will also display hostnames when possible instead of just NetBIOS names
  • Advanced Wireless client list display, including automated refresh

A few features that first debuted in Asuswrt-Merlin have since been integrated/enabled in the official Asus firmware:

  • HTTPS configuration interface
  • Turning WPS button into a radio on/off toggle
  • Clicking on the MAC address of an unidentified client will do a lookup in the OUI database.
  • WakeOnLan web interface (with user-entered preset targets)
  • Display active/tracked network connections
  • VPN Status page
  • DualWAN and Repeater mode (while it was still under development by Asus)
  • Basic OpenVPN (client and server) support
  • Configurable IPv6 firewall
  • Improved compatibility with 3TB+ and Advanced Format HDDs
  • SSHD

For the R7000_384.8_2 version, click here.  (61.14 MB)

For the R7000_384.9_0 version, click here.  (62.82 MB)

For the R7000_384.10_2 version, click here. (60.7 MB)


techspeak's picture
Hi there

Hi there

I'm fairly hands-on & confident with my home tech stuff but I'm 100% noob when it comes to flashing routers.

I recently bought an R7000P for this flexibility because I need fine control over IPSec passthrough config to use my cellphone carrier's wifi calling facility ('cos no cell signal at home!).

I'd be really grateful if anyone could tell me whether this XWRT-VORTEX build for the r7000 will:

  1. work on the r7000P and
  2. allow me to configure the IPSec passthrough?

And if not, I'd be delighted to receive any other expert suggestions for getting me where I need to go.

Many thanks



djk44883's picture
If you haven't already

If you haven't already discovered, I am reasonably certain you can't.  Hopefully someone with some background comes along, but there's info readily availbe how these are different.

cxz44380's picture
I believe this is an illegal

I believe this is an illegal firmware.

Do you remember three years ago, we talked about adding Xwrt-Vortex firmware to the MyOpenRouter website? and @microchip said

"Note that while XWRT is an alternative, 3rd party FW, its source code is not open as XVortex doesn't publish it, thereby violating the license"

Although Asuswrt-Merlin is open source firmware, but it contains proprietary components that are NOT open source, like the Trend Micro engine, and these non-open source components are only licensed for use by ASUS routers.

You can see the license and Eric's statement

"Asuswrt-Merlin contains numerous proprietary components that are only
licensed for legal use on original Asus devices. These include (but are
not limited to) components from Asus themselves, Broadcom, Trend Micro
and Tuxera. Using any of these components on devices for which they
haven't been licensed for is ILLEGAL."

So why add non-open source, illegal firmware to MyOpenRouter?


djk44883's picture
> So why add non-open source,

> So why add non-open source, illegal firmware to MyOpenRouter?

Sadly, you didn't call them out weeks ago.  More to the point - yes, why are they?  or

why didn't I just stick with dd-wrt dispite it's dated apperance, it doesn't really matter what it looks like - I don't like pretty pictures, and focus on function it priority!

lirwin4's picture
Anyone having any issues with

Anyone having any issues with the latest 384.11_2 firmware on the r7000? On the "Network Map" page, all my clients have disappeared. Nothing I do seems to get them back. I had to revert back to version 384.10_2.