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 Kong Mod for NETGEAR R7800 and R7500v2 Updated
Jun 12 2017 - 17:09
More updates coming along today -- this time for R7800 and R7500v2 owners. Once again, thanks to Kong and the open source community for their hard work. Download the new build for the R7800 here...
June Updates -- DD-WRT Kong Mod for NETGEAR Routers
Jun 12 2017 - 16:35
Another month, another round of updates, folks! Thanks to open source developer Kong, the following builds are now available (updated 2017-06-11): Head over to the Downloads section to update! The...
S8000 Gaming Switch -- have you tried it?
Jun 11 2017 - 17:04
The NETGEAR Nighthawk Gaming Switch was recently released, and the team here is pretty excited to give it the full battery of testing. Of course, we're also excited for the opportunity that might be...
VPN Performance on the NETGEAR R9000 with DD-WRT
Jun 11 2017 - 17:15
The team here is curious -- have you installed DD-WRT open source firmware on your NETGEAR R9000 router? And, are you using the OpenVPN client functionality to protect your personal privacy? Kong's...
Kong DD-WRT Builds Updated for NETGEAR R9000, R7800, R7500v2
Jun 8 2017 - 15:01
Head on over to the Downloads section to grab the latest updates if you own one of these NETGEAR powerhouse routers! For more information, there are also some discussions on regarding...
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...

Latest OpenSource Discussions

DD-WRT is dropping packets / very slow I'm thinking of trying tomato instead
Jul 25 2017 - 06:29
Hi everyone.  I'ave had my netgear R8000, a while now and I just recently installed DD-wrt on it for the first time.  I've used DD-wrt on other routers before, but the stock on my...
Cannot get VLAN1 working on LAN4 port
Jul 25 2017 - 03:31
Hi Guys, Hope someone can think with me, Not ure what i'm doing wrong here. I have a R8000 with Tomato installed and almost everything works perfectly except one issue. I cannot get LAN1 /...
iptables rules incorrect for router mode
Jul 24 2017 - 15:26
Using: DD-WRT Kong Mod for NETGEAR R7000 (2017-06-11) My ADSL modem cannot work in Bridge mode, and I want to avoid double-NAT (i.e. router does NAT and modem does NAT). So, I've set the...
port fowarding
Jul 23 2017 - 20:32
Anyone having issue port forwarding with kong lastest firmware?  i cant seem to get the port fowarding going here...everytime when i do it basically wont allow me to connect to the internet...
Tomato back to OFW flash issues
Jul 23 2017 - 01:38
Hi all,   I am currently running Tomato Shibby 1.40 on my r8000. I am trying to revert back to OFW. I am following Shibbys guide. I have downloaded the R8000-V1.0.3.4_1.1.2.chk file from...
DD-WRT - does Kong publish release notes somewhere?
Jul 22 2017 - 19:15
Does Kong publish release notes somewhere? Running 31575 and may upgrade, if I can understand what has changed in the new release,   Thanks, Marc
No .chk file exists for flashing from factory to DD-WRT
Jul 20 2017 - 12:07
The text says this is the .chk file to flash from factory to DD-WRT, but there is no .chk file in the .zip at this link.
Custom firmware build for R9000
Jul 20 2017 - 06:33
Just FYI: Voxel.  
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