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

DD-WRT Firmware Now Available for NETGEAR R6400v2
May 25 2017 - 16:43
R6400v2 owners,. it's your time to shine. Community devleoper Tathagata Das has released DD-WRT for your new router, based on revision 31884. See changelog below and download here! You can...
Kong Mod DD-WRT Updates Available for NETGEAR Routers (May 2017)
May 22 2017 - 16:44
Kong has once again presented the NETGEAR open source community with a great gift -- updates! The following builds have been updated: R6250 R6300V2 R6400 R6700 R7000 R8000 R8500...
Voxel's NETGEAR R7800v1 Firmware Updated to
May 22 2017 - 16:51
Community developer Voxel has been hard at work on a new version of custom firmware, designed to unlock the power of the NETGEAR R7800v1. Changelog: 1. OpenVPN client support is added (see readme...
A VPN Primer -- Plus, How to Get a VPN on your NETGEAR R9000
Apr 27 2017 - 15:47
Net neutrality and an "open Internet" are considered sacred, but the recent ruling by the FCC in the United States has left many consumers shaken. It's a divisive, controversial topic...
DD-WRT Firmware Now Available for NETGEAR R7000P
Apr 20 2017 - 12:40
The R7000, one of the best all-around routers for network performance, features, and gaming was improved even further with the R7000P (also known as the R7000 Plus). The R7000P features MU-MIMO and...
R7800v1 Owners: Voxel's Custom Firmware Updated to
Apr 13 2017 - 15:14
Independent developer Voxel has carved out a name in the world of open source firmware, with a custom firmware that many users are raving about. This firmware is designed to extend the functionality...
March 2017 DD-WRT "Kong Mod" Updates for NETGEAR Router...
Mar 17 2017 - 15:14
What's at the end of the rainbow? If you were hoping for an actual pot of gold, we're sorry to disappoint you. However, those of you using Kong's DD-WRT firmware on your NETGEAR router...
DD-WRT Now Available for NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 R9000
Feb 21 2017 - 16:56
Developers BrainSlayer (from and Kong have just released a new DD-WRT port for the powerhouse R9000 X10 router from NETGEAR. For the details and the download, head to the Downloads...

Latest OpenSource Discussions

R8500 Kong Changelog
May 26 2017 - 02:43
Hi All,   I am pretty new to the forum and have just ordered myself an R8500, I have ran DDWRT firmware in various routers for quite a few years now. I have had a look around the forum...
according to slashdot new R7000 firmware allows for analytics collection
May 21 2017 - 06:28
WPA2 Personal on WI0 (5Gz) wont connect
May 19 2017 - 05:11
Hi guys,     I am new to this, and just flashed my X8 following th guides.  That went fine, was not too difficult however, I am unable to connect using WPA2 AES on WI0 (5Gz) I am...
DD-WRT Kong Mod for NETGEAR R6300v2 (2017-03-21) root password
May 18 2017 - 15:53
Hey guys,   I've just flashed my R6300v2 with this firmware: I can ping the router, but the webui...
Possible to flash back to Netgear stock FW on R7000 after using DD-WRT builds?
May 14 2017 - 20:51
On the Netgear forum, a moderator said that flashing any 3rd party FW on the R7000 would void its warranty. Is that true? If so, is it possible to flash back to the stock Netgear FW over the DD-WRT?
LED Lights Command
May 13 2017 - 16:45
I'm running Kong's latest build (DD-WRT v3.0-r31870M (04/16/17)) on an R6700.   I would like to turn off all LED lights.   I've tried various commands I've found...
Asus-Merlin-KoolShare for R8000
May 10 2017 - 07:02
Hello guys, I have been impressed by the Asus-Merlin FW and was looking for something like it for the R8000. I have found only one FW for the R7000 by Merlin. I continue searching till I found...
Where to get ddwrt-to-netgear-fw-R7800.bin? 403 error for
May 9 2017 - 22:16
Hi there, Anyone can point me where I can get ddwrt-to-netgear-fw-R7800.bin file? I got 403 forbidden while accessing  Thanks in advance!
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