New Year, New Firmware: Update Your Kong DD-WRT Builds

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 way, by releasing updated builds for his DD-WRT "Kong Mod" for several NETGEAR routers, including the R8500 and R8000.

How to Install OpenWRT on NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 R9000

OpenWRT Installation for NETGEAR R9000

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 release. The new release, out December 2016, is based on OpenWRT "Barrier Breaker" and offers WPA2 encryption and uPnP functionality to get you up and running quickly and securely.

If you're familiar with DD-WRT, there are some differences with OpenWRT in terms of installation and setup. Here's how to get started.

How to Install Plex Media Server on NETGEAR's R9000

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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. The onboard Annapurna Labs 1.7 GHz quad core processor does the heavy lifting not only for networking performance, but the Plex server as well.

Here's how to get started.

Review and Specifications of the NETGEAR R9000 Nighthawk X10

NETGEAR R9000 X10 Nighthawk Wifi Router

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 feels like it's loaded with bricks. It's the R9000 Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router.

Hands-On Review of the NETGEAR Orbi WiFi System

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 every few days, we would have to reset the secondary router again because it lost its signal. Some days, this included multiple attempts before finally getting a stable connection. Finding something that could project through my 3 stories of lath and plaster (and cement in some areas) walls was difficult, and I’m happy to say that the Orbi stood up and accepted the challenge!

NETGEAR Nighthawk R9000 X10 Router Is Here, OpenWRT Available

Today, NETGEAR has announced the arrival of what is claimed to be the fastest Wi-Fi router yet to date -- the R9000 Nighthawk X10.

How to Set Up OpenVPN on NETGEAR R7000 with DD-WRT

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This howto covers setting up an OpenVPN Server for access to your home network as if you were local. It's an excellent alternative to opening a bunch of ports in your firewall and exposing poorly secured programs to the world wide web.

Here's the overview:

  1. install OpenVPN on laptop to generate keys for server and a few clients
  2. configure dd-wrt router
  3. configure clients

Please respond in the Comments what hardware you used this how-to on, and any differences. I will update original article with your input.

DD-WRT "Kong Mod" Builds Updated for NETGEAR Routers

DD-WRT developer Kong has released updated versions of his DD-WRT "Kong Mod" for NETGEAR open source capable routers, including the R7500v2 and R7800.

These new builds are based on DD-WRT changeset 30700 and are a recommended upgrade. Grab them in our downloads section!

DD-WRT "Kong Mod" NETGEAR Builds Updated 2016-09-09

New Kong builds are out, folks!

Grab them in the NETGEAR firmware downloads section.


Note:

- *.bin files can only be flashed from dd-wrt webif.
- *.chk can be flashed from Netgear factory fw and from dd-wrt webif

- I don't provide factory to dd-wrt for non Netgear models
  since I do not own any non Netgear Broadcom units

All builds include ddup util, which allows update checking
and flashing of the following models:

DD-WRT "Kong Mod" Now Available for NETGEAR R7500v2 & R7800

Master developer Kong has ported his famous flavor of DD-WRT to the powerful NETGEAR R7800 and R7500v2 (along with an experimental build for the R7500v1, if that's your thing)

Grab them in our downloads section!

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