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

Clarification Needed on Upgrading R6300v2CH firmware
Apr 18 2023 - 9:52pm
Hello everyone- I am working on an old R6300v2CH.  I have successfully flashed the unit with a Kong mod of dd-wrt v24-sp2 (08/15/14) build 24865M.  The unit seems to be working well....
Recommendaions for the C6300
Apr 17 2023 - 10:31am
I just referrred a close friend to the C6300/AC1750. He is not a gamer and simply wants reliable LAN/Wifi. WiFi 5 should meet all his needs but I had no reason to refer him to the R7800/Nighthawk X4S...
Is it possible to convert wrn3500L V1 Samknows router to a "normal" router?
Mar 15 2023 - 9:58pm
my Samknows wrn3500L is  kind of stucked with Netgear firmware for Samknows. After it was retired, I flashed it to the original dd-wrt version and did not use it that much. After a few...
R7000 to stock then Tomato (Gigabit fibre hardcap)
Mar 4 2023 - 9:14pm
Hello, I recently signed up to a gigabit connection and had my premises upgraded to fibre connection.  I am currently running DD-WRT v3.0-r43845 std (07/18/20) on my Netgear R7000...
NETGEAR RAXE500 Nighthawk AXE11000 DD-WRT firmware?
Mar 3 2023 - 11:07am
Any notion when a stable release firmware for the NETGEAR RAXE500 Nighthawk AXE11000 be ready? Can't wait. Still using OEM stuff, can't do a lot of good stuff with OEM stuff. Anyway, was...
RAX54
Jan 4 2023 - 8:00am
Hello, I'd like to use OpenVPN with my Nighthawk RAX54. Is there a opensource firmware for this router? Or is ist still possible to use OpenVPN with its firmware somehow? Thank you. Cem...
Internet access issue on hardwired connections only
Dec 3 2022 - 9:21am
Love this router which I purchased in 2018,  Working great until this morning.   WiFi connections still work as expected, but all wired ethernet no longer work.  I did a factory...
DD-WRT to Factory .bin
Oct 24 2022 - 10:03am
I would like to give Voxel Firmware a try but I'm running DD-WRT.  Does anyone have a copy of DD-WRT-to-Netgear Factory file they could share?  I've looked everywhere, most link...