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

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...
Check out the latest XWRT-VORTEX download for the R7000
Apr 8 2019 - 4:42pm
Xwrt-Vortex is a port of Asuswrt-Merlin for various routers developed by Vortex. Xwrt-Vortex retains all the features of the original stock Asus firmware. In addition, the following features have...
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...
New Update to Voxel's Custom R9000 NETGEAR Firmware (Feb 19...
Feb 21 2019 - 12:57pm
Voxel has once again come out with a new firmware update for the NETGEAR R9000 Nighthawk. As always, you can review the changelogs and download the update below. Voxel's customer firmware adds...
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...

Latest OpenSource Discussions

VPN client slowing download speed dramatically
Jun 21 2019 - 6:52am
I have a Netgear R7000 with Firmware: DD-WRT v3.0-r37305 std (10/10/18) connecting to Usenetserver.com VPN via OpenVPN. My download speeds are drastically reduced when connecting to the VPN...
Using Public IP Range
Jun 12 2019 - 12:10pm
Hi, I am a UK Virgin Media Cable customer. In process of switching from residential to Business. I will have a range of 13 public IP addresses. The router they will be supplying does not...
5ghz config question
Jun 11 2019 - 5:14am
Hi all after a little advice if anyone can help. Only recently I learned how important it was too ensure you set "valid channels" specifically on my R7800 5ghz interface. Speed on that interface and...
How to change region from north america to ww
Jun 7 2019 - 9:14am
Hi guys, I bought the r9000 on eBay and it came from the USA. I'm in israel so I want to change the region of the router from north america which is locked in settings to world wide for the wifi...
Purchason R9000 - A couple of questions
Jun 5 2019 - 3:26pm
Hi   I have a couple of questions before I purchase the R9000. I see I can get it for $265 on Amazon and that's probably the lowest I will find...next to searching on eBay for a used one...
Voxel Firmware to Netgear R9000 Stock
May 31 2019 - 7:31pm
Can anyone point me to the img download that I can use to get my R9000 back to Stock Netgear Firmware.
R8000 jtag location on PCB
May 31 2019 - 2:07am
Hi folks, my R8000 is bricked because of an faulty CFE (Bootloader). I can read the following output on the routers serial port: Digital core power voltage set to 1.0V Decompressing...error-1...
Success with OpenWRT on R6220
May 27 2019 - 6:57am
I recently upgraded to a Netgear R6220. I have previously used OpenWRT on a Netgear WNDR3700, and wanted to do the same here. The main purpose for switching from OEM to open source firmware was to...