How to find the best VPN for your NETGEAR Open Source Router

Do you have a VPN on your open source router?

One of the best features of the various flavors of open source firmware available for NETGEAR routers is the ability to enable use with your personal VPN client.

Enabling a VPN client on your router can have a variety of benefits. Most notably it will mask your IP (Internet Protocol) address and encrypt your connection in order to protect your security and privacy. All connections to your router, guest or private, run through your encrypted connection.

OpenWRT Firmware Now Available for NETGEAR R7500v2

OpenWRT Firmware Officially Available for NETGEAR D7800

DD-WRT "Kong Mod" Now Available for NETGEAR R8500 Nighthawk

The wait is over! Firmware maestro Kong has released his DD-WRT build for the NETGEAR R8500.

Download it here and post your results and experiences on the R8500 Open Source Firmware forum!

NETGEAR R8500 Nighthawk Updated to Firmware 1.0.2.26

If you're the proud owner of a NETGEAR R8500 "Nighthawk" router and are using the NETGEAR firmware, now's the time to upgrade! If your router hasn't automatically prompted you to upgrade, you can download the firmware from the official NETGEAR R8500 support page.

DD-WRT firmware for Netgear R7000 Based on revision 28514

28-Dec-2015:-  K3_R7000_28-Dec-2015.chk
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Revision Upgrade - This DDWRT firmware is based on revision 28514.

Includes Previous updates below..

01-Jul-2015:-
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Revision Upgradation - This DDWRT firmware is based on revision 27261.

19-Dec-2014:-
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Features Added:-
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- VNC Repeater
- Ad-blocking
- Mobile Boradband
- Hotspot

28-Nov-2014:-
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DDWRT firmware is based on revision 25344.

Features Added:-
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- Lighttpd
- SIP Proxy

28-Oct-2014:-
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Features Added:-
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- Bittorrent
- NoCatSplash

8-Aug-2014:-
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Features Added:-
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- Zabbix Agent Client
- FreeRadius Server

Issues Fixed:-
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- FTP
- SAMBA3

11-June-2014:-
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DDWRT firmware is based on revision 24170.

Features Included :-
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- Wireless Basic
- Wireless Security
- Wireless Guest Network
- Wireless Guest NetWrok Security
- Wireless Bridging (Wireless Client Bridge)
- USB Storage
- USB auto-mount Support (Single and multiple partition)
- File System (VFAT, Ext2, Ext3, NTFS)
- jffs2
- IPKG
- Firmware Upgrade
- Factory Reset
- Backup Settings
- Reset Button
- Wifi ON/OFF Button
- LED
- WAN Configurable in STATIC, DHCP ,PPPoE and PPTP mode
- Secure Shell (SSH, SCP)
- Telnet
- Remote WebGUI Management
- Remote Telnet Management
- Remote SSH Management
- VLANs
- Iptables
- Firewall
- PPTP VPN Server
- OpenVPN Client
- OpenVPN Server
- VPN Passthrough
- PPPoE Server
- DDNS
- SNMP
- epi-ttcp
- iperf
- NTP Client
- WifiDog
- Scheduled Reboot
- Boot Wait
- Cron
- Syslog
- MAC Address Clone
- WOL
- Port Forrowarding
- Port Range Forrwarding
- Port Triggering
- DMZ
- UPnP
- miniDLNA
- Bandwidth Monitoring
- Qos

Firmware Upgrade Procedure:-
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Always use the following steps to upgrade your firmware.

- Perform reset to factory defaults setting in existing Firmware.
- Perform Firmware Upgrade.
- Perform reset to factory defaults setting in newly upgraded DD-WRT Firmware.
- Use DD-WRT in your router.

DD-WRT firmware for Netgear R8000 Based on revision 28514

28-Dec-2015:- K3_R8000_28-Dec-2015.chk

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Revision Upgrade - This DDWRT firmware is based on revision 28514.

Known Issue:-
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- Wireless Bridging (Wireless Client Bridge)
=================================================
PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO TEST Wireless Client Bridge
=================================================

Includes Previous updates below.

01-Jul-2015:-
=============

Revision Upgradation - This DDWRT firmware is based on revision 27261.

Features Added:-
-----------------
- VNC Repeater
- Ad-blocking

28-Nov-2014:-
=============

DDWRT firmware is based on revision 25344.

Features Added:-
-----------------
- Lighttpd
- SIP Proxy

28-Oct-2014:-
=============

Features Added:-
-----------------
- Bittorrent
- NoCatSplash

Issues Fixed:-
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- Crashing of MAC Address clone web page
- Wireless MAC Filter issue
- Random WAN MAC address issue

29-Sep-2014:-
=============

Features Added:-
-----------------
- Zabbix Agent Client
- FreeRadius Server

Issues Fixed:-
-----------------
- FTP
- SAMBA3

17-Sep-2014:-
===============
DDWRT firmware is based on revision 24170.

Features Included :-
---------------------
- Wireless Basic
- Wireless Security
- Wireless Guest Network
- Wireless Guest NetWrok Security
- USB Storage
- USB auto-mount Support (Single and multiple partition)
- File System (VFAT, Ext2, Ext3, NTFS)
- jffs2
- IPKG
- Firmware Upgrade
- Factory Reset
- Backup Settings
- Reset Button
- Wifi ON/OFF Button
- LED
- WAN Configurable in STATIC, DHCP ,PPPoE and PPTP mode
- Secure Shell (SSH, SCP)
- Telnet
- Remote WebGUI Management
- Remote Telnet Management
- Remote SSH Management
- VLANs
- Iptables
- Firewall
- PPTP VPN Server
- OpenVPN Client
- OpenVPN Server
- VPN Passthrough
- PPPoE Server
- DDNS
- SNMP
- epi-ttcp
- iperf
- NTP Client
- WifiDog
- Scheduled Reboot
- Boot Wait
- Cron
- Syslog
- MAC Address Clone
- WOL
- Port Forrowarding
- Port Range Forrwarding
- Port Triggering
- DMZ
- UPnP
- miniDLNA
- Bandwidth Monitoring
- Qos

Firmware Upgrade Procedure:-
=============================
Always use the following steps to upgrade your firmware.

- Perform reset to factory defaults setting in existing Firmware.
- Perform Firmware Upgrade.
- Perform reset to factory defaults setting in newly upgraded DD-WRT Firmware.
- Use DD-WRT in your router.

OpenWRT Firmware for NETGEAR D7800 Now Available

For lucky D7800 owners, there is now an OpenWRT custom firmware available for download.

R7000 Firmware Updated to 1.05.48, New Features Added

The NETGEAR Nighthawk r7000 has been a leading force in the high-performance, open source capable router scene for a while now -- and it just got even better, The release of firmware version 1.05.48 from NETGEAR, for those who are using the original firmware, takes advantage of the Nighthawk specific hardware to deliver on some pretty

FCC Will Not Ban!

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began discussing the potential ban of open source firmware on WiFi routers in March of 2015.  According to Thomas Claburn’s article “FCC: No Ban On Open Source Firmware” on Informationweek.com, the understanding of this proposal was that “third parties (should not be) able to reprogram the device to operate outside of the parameters for which the device was certified.”

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