Advice and hopefully help

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DeneHemsworth's picture
Advice and hopefully help

Hi, I am new to this forum and the whole router reflashing. I wanted a router with good CPU so I could run VPN, this was my main feature required. I had been advised to purchase a Nighthawk and was lucky to get an R7500v1. This was until I looked for firmware for it....... I have finally settled on the Kong dd-wrt, although I like the look of Voxel, being a newbee seems a bit too much for me to work out how to run a VPN client from it, or evem if this is possible.

Now I do like the Kong DD-WRT, but the only issue I find is that when I reboot the router, it doesn't come back up. I have to hold the reset button in when I start it untill the power light flashes orage 3 times, then let go of reset. This then boots up the router.


But the 1.4ghz dual core seems to do the trick on aes-128, harldy lose any mbits :-)


I would love to try other firmwares, but there doesn't appear to be many for the R7500. I would like to be able to ustilise the 5ghz, but I guess unless on Voxel, I can't. Does Voxel have a VPN client incorporated? or if it doesn't, will it have so in the future?


If anyone has come across the "reboot failure" before and knows how to get around it, I would be very interested in what to do


Many thanks for taking the time to read this





Fellblade's picture
If you are in the return

If you are in the return window of the router, I'd re-flash to the Netgear firmware and get a different router.  The R7500 routers are not supported by the open source community very much.  You can see that just in the lack of any updates on this router in the past few months.  If you really want to run open source firmware, I'd suggest checking out Merlin firmware for the devices he supports.  He is very active in providing updates and support for his firmware.  I know I will go back to Asus probably when I am ready to purchase a new router.  That's my suggestion.