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

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...
Open Source Firmware for NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 AC1750
Oct 19 2022 - 7:52am
I'm struggling to find Open Source Firmware for the above router. Is there anything available outside of Netgear's official releases?  If no, could someone tell me why not? In...
Newest Tomato Fix 2.4 Radio?
Oct 4 2022 - 7:44am
Does the 2.4 radio work normally on the later Tomato i.e Shibby 140 software? I've seen older posts saying it's useless  in the older versions. Got one coming from Ebay to use in my...
R6300V2 dd wrt LAN IP disappeared
Sep 29 2022 - 7:07pm
While configuring my R6300V2, I encountered a situation where the IP address of the router is "missing".  A scan of 192.168.0.xxx and 192.168.1.xxx does not yield anything.  I did...
Turning an extra Netgear router into a wireless access point AND VPN
Sep 13 2022 - 11:29pm
I currently have a R8000 Netgear Nighthawk wireless router hooked up to my Xfinity modem. I then have several network switches throughout the house with hard wired equipment (PS5, Xbox, FireTV,...
Is tftp upload firmware type agnostic
Sep 9 2022 - 9:55am
I have R7000 and have installed a serial jack, That means I can easily get to the cfe> prompt and use tftp. Do I need to use an intermediate/initial firmware with tftp or can I install the...
R7800, /23 LAN mask. Config advice to set GW IP as n.n.100.1 and DHCP pool as n.n.101.1 - 254. Voxel V1.0.2.97SF
Aug 25 2022 - 2:41pm
Hi, I have a Netgear R7800. I want to use /23 mask for the LAN and set the router IP/GW to n.n.100.1 and have a DHCP pool n.n.101.1 - 254.  The GUI forces the router IP and DHCP pool in the same...
Voxel's FW SSH Setup Confusion
Aug 8 2022 - 3:39pm
I created a key pair on Windows using puttygen.exe and created an authorized_keys file to put on the router via USB. However, this part from the readme confuses me: It is recommended to replace...