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Alternative firmware for R7000

Discussion in 'NETGEAR AC / AX Wireless' started by JokerPower, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. JokerPower

    JokerPower Occasional Visitor

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    Hello guys

    I'm using R7000 with genie firmware for about 3 years, and I'm tired of their buggy software. Recently updated to the latest firmware and now WiFi is unstable and the speed is slow.

    I need a stable firmware that can run 500 Mbps downstream and 500 Mbps upstream and also provide good WiFi coverage & speeds.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks a lot
     
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  3. pege63

    pege63 Very Senior Member

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    There is the DD-WRT, Kong Mod and Tomato Firmware by shibby FW.
     
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  4. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    You won't be able to get 500 Mbps without hardware acceleration, which is generally not available on third party firmware.
     
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  5. JokerPower

    JokerPower Occasional Visitor

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    I've updated to the latest AdvancedTomato firmware which have hardware acceleration. Tried the download, and it's about 62 MB/s. WiFi works ok, but it's too early to compare with genie. I like that admin page is more speedy and well structured, also the main page shows a lot more useful information.

    What about Xwrt Vortex?
     
  6. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Vortex is an illegal fork of AsusWRT - mentioning it is a good way to get your thread removed
     
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    JokerPower Occasional Visitor

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    Good to know, didn't know about this

    AsusWRT can be installed on R7000?
     
  8. tarassippo

    tarassippo Regular Contributor

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    AdvancedTomato is just a GUI based on Tomato (by Shibby) and have you realised that the latest Tomato build is dated May 2017 ? So, no matter how often that GUI is updated, the problem is that the 'engine' is old, very old, therefore you router doesn't have the latest security patches...

    As for Vortex firmware, it's a no-go as it's illegal, period !
     
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  9. JokerPower

    JokerPower Occasional Visitor

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    What exactly do you recommend? DD-WRT?
     
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  11. JokerPower

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    Ok, thanks, I will look into this

    I don't like stock because their releases are often buggy and unstable. It's not about the speed I get through ethernet, which is ok. For example, I have updated to latest release 1.0.9.34 and the WiFi became unstable. Like you're browsing and suddenly there is no Internet connection (device is still connected to the router). It was on all WiFi connections, only wired worked ok. The only fix was to restart the router, but it's temporary.

    Older firmwares also were buggy. Slow WiFi speeds, WiFi connection drops (device loses connection with the router), and even ethernet connection drops

    Sadly I don't remember the firmware number before 1.0.9.34, it was less buggy than other releases..

    Just look into their community forum, how many people complain.. it's not a single case
     
  12. RMerlin

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    Just to clarify a few things.

    Asuswrt is the name of the firmware Asus develop for their own routers. It's not available as a stand-alone firmware, it comes pre-installed with their routers.
    Asuswrt-Merlin is my variant, based on Asuswrt, which I develop for some specific Asus models.
    Xvortex is a variant of my firmware, which breaks various licensing contracts with Trend Micro/Tuxera and various others, and also breaks the GPL licence, to run on some non-Asus routers. This firmware is illegal, due to its licence violations.
    The Chinese community also has various variants based on Asuswrt/Asuswrt-Merlin/Xvortex that run on various models, some of which non-Asus, and also violating multiple licences.
     
  13. RMerlin

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    Tomato development is still alive tho, with other devs having picked up where Shibby left of. I don't remember if Advanced Tomato switched to these more up-to-date forks however.
     
  14. RMerlin

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    To be fair, I see forum complains for every single router, regardless of manufacturer or firmware. A lot of people complaining didn't troubleshoot their clients or their environment first.

    Overall, the R7000 is generally a pretty good model when it comes to wifi. Security and feature-wise however, the stock firmware is indeed fairly... poor, to remain polite.
     
  15. tarassippo

    tarassippo Regular Contributor

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    Are you able to post a link where those up-to-date Tomato forks are being developed ?
     
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