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, 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 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...
Voxel's Custom R7800v1 Firmware Updated to
Jan 19 2017 - 12:32
Developer Voxel is new on the MyOpenRouter scene, and was determined to find a way for advanced users to get the most from their R7500v1 and R7800v1 NETGEAR routers. These custom firmwares, made by...
New Year, New Firmware: Update Your Kong DD-WRT Builds
Jan 3 2017 - 14:27
We sincerely hope that MyOpenRouter fans from around the world had a safe and happy New Year, and we hope you'll all join us in 2017! In the mean time, Kong has welcomed the new year in his own...
How to Install OpenWRT on NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 R9000
Dec 6 2016 - 16:23
For those R9000 owners who are Linux buffs, router enthusiasts, or simply want to try open source firmware -- developer Tathagata Das has provided the community with an updated OpenWRT for R9000...
How to Install Plex Media Server on NETGEAR's R9000
Dec 1 2016 - 09:46
The NETGEAR R9000 Nighthawk is the very first consumer router to have a Plex Media Server built in -- and fortunately, it's not only easy to get started with it, but it's a performer as well...
Review and Specifications of the NETGEAR R9000 Nighthawk X10
Nov 22 2016 - 14:28
Well, NETGEAR has done it. They've built a router that is so far beyond anything preceding it -- so deliciously beefy and powerful that it requires a dedicated fan and heatsink -- and a box that...
Hands-On Review of the NETGEAR Orbi WiFi System
Nov 14 2016 - 14:22
The following is a review of the Orbi router and satellite (RBK50). We have been having issues with a very old secondary router since moving into our 111-year old house 3 years ago. It seemed like...
NETGEAR Nighthawk R9000 X10 Router Is Here, OpenWRT Available
Oct 19 2016 - 12:14
Today, NETGEAR has announced the arrival of what is claimed to be the fastest Wi-Fi router yet to date -- the R9000 Nighthawk X10. There are so many reasons why the X10 might just be a game...

Latest OpenSource Discussions

Newbie here and looking for some answers please.
Feb 21 2017 - 13:18
Hey guys I'm totally new to this up until 15 mins ago I didn't even know I could download a better firmware. Obviously mine is stock and I'm wanting to know if by changing it does it make...
No Internet Access for Phones
Feb 20 2017 - 11:51
Trying to figure out why I can connect to the network but am not getting any internet access for our phones.  Our wireless TCL Roku TV is working just fine.   Firmware is the latest DD-...
What makes dd-wrt superior?
Feb 19 2017 - 03:13
A question more of the theoretical nature.. This might sound like heresy just for asking.. but what makes dd-wrt firmware superior to the one supplied by netgear? I bought an R8000 X6 some year...
Open Source for R6400
Feb 18 2017 - 08:57
I've had a Linksys WRT54 router since 2005-2006, and most of those years it had dd-wrt. Yesterday it stoped working (after 10 years.  go figure), so I bought an Netgear R6400 (good...
Anyone running Tomato v138 by Shibby on R6300v1?
Feb 18 2017 - 06:05
I've tried to get in touch with Shibby regarding his Tomato versions for the Netgear R6300v1 but unfortunately he doesn't reply or isn't receiving notifications for PM's so I'll...
R6700 -> R7000 -> Tomato?
Feb 15 2017 - 13:24
I heard the 6700 nvram could be "modded" to appear as a R7000 and that official R7000 firmwares could be used. Does anyone know if that holds true for Tomato builds for R7000?  e.g...
HELP - R7000 Tomato flash
Feb 15 2017 - 12:52
Hello.   I wanted to flash my nice shiny Netgear R7000 with Shibby.  Sooooooo   I had done the initial firmware and just finished AIO and I was about to make the selection to clear...
R7000 Tomato flash
Feb 15 2017 - 12:56
Hello.   I wanted to flash my nice shiny Netgear R7000 with Shibby.  Sooooooo   I had done the initial firmware and just finished AIO and I was about to make the selection to clear...
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