NETGEAR OpenSource Central

As the world of wireless routers continues to expand and grow, as well as the amount of connected devices in the home, open source firmware represents an excellent way to "expand" the capabilities of your powerful, high end NETGEAR router.

A variety of NETGEAR routers, including the R6300, R6300v2, R7000, R8000, R9000, and more, support the ability for users to customize them with third party firmware. These firmwares, such as DD-WRT, Tomato, and OpenWRT, act as a replacement for the stock firmware provided by NETGEAR.

Flashing your NETGEAR open source router with third party firmware can unlock a wealth of options from fine-tuning and tweaking options, to built-in VPN support, detailed access control abilities and more. Everyone can benefit, from networking experts to newbies.

Latest OpenSource Articles

NETGEAR RAXE500 Nighthawk AXE11000
Feb 3 2021 - 9:15pm
The NETGEAR RAXE500 Nighthawk AXE11000 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi 6E Router offers ultra-fast speeds, smooth streaming, and lower latency for your 4K/8K streaming, AR/VR gaming, and video-conferencing. The...
Make Remote Work Happen Quickly
Mar 23 2020 - 1:53pm
How well does your home network handle the stress of multiple devices and multiple family members all trying to stream high definition videos, participate in video conferencing, and play online games...
Voxel Firmware Update! Custom for the NETGEAR R7800 (2019-October...
Oct 25 2019 - 2:09pm
There is a new release from Voxel. The new firmware is for the R7800! The changelog and download are available below. Voxel's firmware gives increased functionality that improves the CPU power...
How to Flash Your NETGEAR Router with DD-WRT: 5 Easy Steps
Sep 26 2019 - 11:32am
One common question that we see around the forums is simply: how do I flash my NETGEAR router with DD-WRT? The world of open source firmware but can definitely be overwhelming for newcomers to the...
Kong Summer Update for NETGEAR Routers!
Aug 6 2019 - 8:11am
If you have not heard, Kong will no longer be releasing DD-WRT builds. You can read his announcement here. For those of you who are loyal fans and still want access to Kong's previous builds, we'...
Voxel Firmware Updates! Custom for the NETGEAR R7800 and R9000 (2...
Jul 26 2019 - 10:45am
There is a new release from Voxel. The new firmware is for both the R7800 + R9000! Changelogs and downloads are available below. Voxel's firmware gives increased functionality that improves the...
Voxel Firmware Updates Custom for NETGEAR R7800 and R9000 (2019-...
Jun 14 2019 - 7:18am
Once again Voxel has released new firmware for both the R7800 and R9000 Nighthawks. Available here are the downloads along with changelogs.   Voxel's firmware gives increased functionality...
Voxel's NETGEAR R7800 and R9000 Custom Firmware Updates (201...
Apr 4 2019 - 2:28pm
    Voxel has new firmware updates for both the R7800 and R9000. Feel free to check out the changelogs and download the updates below if you'd lik. Voxel adds functionality to his...

Latest OpenSource Discussions

R7000P boot loop - Can't Access CFE in Putty
Sep 22 2021 - 10:42am
I have a R7000P router and I came home one day last week to find the lights flashing and that it is stuck in some type of boot loop.  I've read information on it possibly being bricked,...
R7000P boot loop - Can't Access CFE in Putty
Sep 22 2021 - 10:42am
I have a R7000P router and I came home one day last week to find the lights flashing and that it is stuck in some type of boot loop.  I've read information on it possibly being bricked,...
Cannot Get in the R8000 after Shibby Initial Upload
Sep 5 2021 - 12:44am
Hi Guys, I flashed Shibby "tomato-R8000-1.28.ARM--134-initial-64K.ch" on the R8000 but i cannot get in after all the combination of the passwords.  No luck after trying the below...
is my R6250 bricked?
Sep 1 2021 - 6:03pm
I flashed my R6250 to the latest kong chk file. Everything went smoothly. Set up my router as a bridge using LAN on my pc. It worked perfectly. Was able to connect my devices and access the internet...
Orbi RBK353 - compatible with voxel
Aug 27 2021 - 8:04am
Hi all, I had issues with my bt whole home disks and managed to get a deal on  an orbi mesh rbk353 wifi 6 mesh router. Would this be compatible with the voxel firmware?   Thanks!
Best FW on R7800/X4S for AP/WiFi/speed, stability and functionality (adblock, TOR, VPN)
Jul 13 2021 - 1:25am
What is the best FW for R7800? (i.e. stock FW has very good range and is very stable as AP) I'd want, stable WiFI AP (on both 5GHZ and 2.4GHZ) as well as custom FW router features such as...
R6400V1 - which firmware?
Jun 29 2021 - 5:20pm
Received email from Netgear Security re firmware update. Opened advanced - administration - router update and it said an update was available, no indicator to download and my ver is 1.0.1.62_1.0....
Support for AX1800 R6700AX
Jun 22 2021 - 10:40am
Are firmware packages for the 6700 compatible with the AX1800 R6700AX? Although it has the same model number, I suspect it's a different router all together: https://www.netgear.com/support/...