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

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...
Voxel's NETGEAR R7800 and R9000 Custom Firmware Updates (201...
Aug 31 2018 - 11:42am
Voxel has new firmware updates for both the R7800 and R9000. You can review the changelogs and download the updates below. Voxel adds functionality to custom firmware that improves the CPU power...
Quick Review & Specifications of NETGEAR R6700 Nighthawk AC17...
Jul 25 2018 - 1:52pm
The NETGEAR R6700 Nighthawk AC1750 Smart WiFi Router with Dual Band Gigabit speeds offers a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience that is perfect for gaming, video streaming, and surfing. With...
Quick Review & Specifications of NETGEAR EX3700 WiFi Range Ex...
Jul 25 2018 - 10:39am
The NETGEAR EX3700 WiFi Range Extender boosts your existing network's range to deliver AC dual band WiFi speeds of up to 750 Mbps, and works with any standard WiFi router. The simultaneous dual band...
Updates to Voxel's Custom Firmware for NETGEAR R7800v1 and R...
Jul 18 2018 - 10:38am
Voxel's firmware for the NETGEAR R7800v1 and R9000 has been updated in July 2018 -- read on for the details. Voxel's custom firmware specializes in features that add functionality along with...

Latest OpenSource Discussions

QoS settings won't stick (Voxel), effectively no QoS available.
Dec 9 2018 - 12:29pm
Hello, I have been using Voxel's excellent firmware and I am grateful for this.  The only problem I have (and I had the same issue with the stock firmware, regardless of version) is with...
MAC Flitering on DD-WRT R7800 in Client-Bridge mode
Dec 7 2018 - 3:41am
Hello everyone, I am using Kong DD-WRT build by KONG in a wireless-bridge mode to access a shared Wifi network with multiple transmitters under the same SSID. Unfortunately I am facing issue of...
NordVPN -- Any user here that use it?
Dec 4 2018 - 9:05am
Does anyone use NordVPN as their VPN? In order to get the full benefit of the VPN, you need DD-WRT firmware. I have the NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 AD7200 R9000. I know nothing about flashing a...
Turn on LED's for Internet (WAN)
Dec 3 2018 - 12:14pm
Hi, I have been having a lot of internet drops, and I can't tell by the router asd the light is out by default on Fresh Tomato. Could someone please tell me how I turn the LED's on of off please. If...
mostly openvpn download performance between 10 and 20 Mbps but sometimes 50 Mbps ... why?!!!
Dec 1 2018 - 5:02pm
Hello! I recently bought a new Netgear R8500 and flashed DD-WRT [1] onto it using the instructions here [2]. I set it up to be an always on VPN to my service provider here [3] who I've been...
Have a new R7800, need assistant
Nov 28 2018 - 1:33am
Hi, I'm about to receive this router: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01B4X503S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I want to use OpenVPN to configure ExpressVPN and I'll...
R7800 Voxel Firmware V2ray support
Nov 27 2018 - 5:28am
HI all, I'm really new to this and need some help.I'm in China,I need to installing v2ray because of GFW.But entware-cortexa15-3x don't have v2ray package.So, how to install v2ray?
WNDR3700v3 - rescued from dumpster
Nov 26 2018 - 3:06pm
All - I'm going to just post this here as a lessons learned / useful information/tidbits of goodies. This was specifically on a WNDR3700v3 Broadcom BCM4718A processor, not sure of specific...