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

Beta DD-WRT Firmware Available for NETGEAR XR450, XR500, and XR70...
Feb 15 2019 - 12:43pm
For those of you who using the XR450, XR500, or XR750 and are interested in trying the new beta firmware, check out the MyOpenRouter downloads section to download the latest version. Thank you to...
Kong Mod for NETGEAR R9000 Updated for 2019
Jan 24 2019 - 10:56am
For those of you that are using the R9000 Nighthawk - there is an update created by Kong to get you started in the new year!   Download the latest DD-WRT Kong Mod for R9000 Updates in our...
Using Hybrid VPN on NETGEAR XR500 and XR700 Nighthawk routers
Dec 31 2018 - 4:29pm
What's a Hybrid VPN? We're big fans of open source projects for NETGEAR routers, such as DD-WRT and Tomato. More recently, Voxel's custom firmware and AdvancedTomato have also made a big impact for...
Voxel's NETGEAR Nighthawk R9000 Custom Firmware Update (2019...
Dec 13 2018 - 7:28am
Voxel has a new firmware update for the NETGEAR R9000 Nighthawk. You can review the changelogs and download the update below. Voxel adds functionality to custom firmware that improves the CPU...
Kong Mod for NETGEAR R9000 Updated for November 2018
Nov 29 2018 - 7:44am
If you're currently running the powerhouse r9000 Nighthawk router by NETGEAR, and need to upgrade your Kong DD-WRT install, an update has just been released to kick off the fall season...
Kong Mod for NETGEAR R7500v1&2 plus the R7800 Updated 2018-No...
Nov 7 2018 - 10:53am
If you are running the R7500v1 or v2, or you are running the R7800, there is a new release for the Nighthawk routers by NETGEAR. There are updates for these as well an update to finish off the...
Kong Mod for NETGEAR R9000 Updated 2018-October
Oct 17 2018 - 2:11pm
If you're currently running the powerhouse R9000 Nighthawk router by NETGEAR, and need to upgrade your Kong DD-WRT install, an update has just been released to kick off the fall season. Download...
FreshTomato-ARM by kille72 for NETGEAR Routers
Sep 28 2018 - 11:23am
Have you checked out the latest tomato builds from kille72? This is a fork from the well known Tomato by Shibby, and is available for the following NETGEAR routers: R6250 R6300v2 R6400...

Latest OpenSource Discussions

Newbie Port Forwarding Help
Feb 19 2019 - 5:05pm
Just brought my router up to Tomato land last night.  (1.28.0000 -3.5-140 K26ARM USB AIO-64K) The only thing I haven't figured out is how to get port forwarding to work.  I noted all my...
Netgear downloader
Feb 15 2019 - 3:13pm
Hello I'm new to this forum and i have R7800 and want to know how to download files from secured websites using the netgear downloader because it does not support downloading from https sites ....
ovpn client R7800 only with Type Router?
Feb 13 2019 - 5:17am
Hello, I am using the R7800 with the Voxel image behind a fritzbox cable router.  I only managed it to use the ovpn client within the Voxel image if I am using the R7800 as type router. But...
Harder than hard reset R7000P
Feb 12 2019 - 4:34am
Hi all, I'm looking for a bit of in depth technical guidance.  I am currently deployed to Kuwait.  My router is back home in Hawaii.  I've written previously about how I bought...
Installing custom firmware on AC750 R6020?
Feb 11 2019 - 7:02pm
Please help I need to install custom firmware on netgear AC750 r6020. Are they any supported custom firmwares for the r6020?
help,WNDR4500 V1 WAN and LAN led problem
Feb 10 2019 - 8:56pm
I have flashed tomato firmware for netgear wndr4500 v1,but the leds for WAN and LAN ware turn off,can anyboby knew how to turn on leds for wndr4500?how to modify the source code in tomato?thanks...
Please help!
Feb 9 2019 - 10:23am
I am getting pretty big into gaming and my r7000 was not supporting my xbox and everything so I decided to get the tomato firmwre (first time doing all of this). After messing with it for awhile, I...
WNR3500L v2 help me install stock firmware from cfe, please
Feb 8 2019 - 7:04am
Hello i used "erase linux" in dd-wrt and it bricked my router. Now i can not connect by LAN, so i connect to ttl and see: CFE for WNR3500Lv2 version: v1.0.9 Build Date: Fri May  6 11:54:17...