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 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...
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...

Latest OpenSource Discussions

best firmware for access point mode? stability/reliability
Nov 7 2019 - 2:56pm
hey guys got a couple r7000's that i want to use to expand a network as access points, wondering what firmware is the most stable/reliable in access point mode for r7000s? would it be regular...
R8500, DDWRT, and port mirroring?
Nov 4 2019 - 9:26pm
Hello, I've got a R8500 running DDWRT and I'd like to try something like [1]; port mirroring to a Raspberry Pi running Zeek. Anybody know how to set up the port mirroring on the R8500 with...
No USB
Nov 2 2019 - 3:05pm
I just flashed "freshtomato-R7000-2019.2-initial-64K" on my Netgear R7000 router. Everything is running smoothly, but there is no way to connect to the router's USB ports. I assume...
Cannot Unbrick NETGEAR X6 R8000 Router
Oct 31 2019 - 3:01am
Dear all, I uploaded (through Tomato) a corrupted firmware and my router is now bricked. I tried to do forced reset but no luck; I tried to upload the latest firmware through either TFTP...
Bricked on f/w update - fixed
Oct 30 2019 - 12:42pm
So, I joined the teeming masses who now own bricked nighthawk routers after committing the heinous sin of attempting to upgrade the firmware via the router option. My fix was easy:  ...
Newbie confusion finding proper R7500v2 firmware source URL
Oct 26 2019 - 2:42pm
Hi, I intended to download and install DD-WRT on my R7500v2 after repeated serious issues with WAP mode from the recent OEM firmware versions.   I'm having a few issues finding the...
URGENT HELP NIGHTHAWK X6 R8000
Oct 24 2019 - 3:24am
Dear All,   i am not able to setup my NIGHTHAWK X6 R8000. I did the following steps: - went through the we "netgearlogin.com" but it doens't work" -...
R6400v2 Board ID question
Oct 23 2019 - 4:21pm
Hi All, I have just unboxed a new R6400v2 this past weekend. I have read numerous posts and tutorials as to how to flash the dd-wrt firmware. A major cautionary note is indicated that you...