Netgear R7800 Install Guide

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egc
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:16    Post subject: Netgear R7800 Install Guide Reply with quote
Beeing a long time Broadcom/DDWRT user, I recently had to install a Netgear R7800 for someone.

Prices for this capable router have come down considerably lately, so at the moment this router gets my "execellent value" recommendation Smile

I looked for an Install guide but did not find one and in the supported devices wiki ( https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#Netgear) none was listed.

So while installing I did a write up which might serve as the start for an R7800 install guide which I attached to this post.

But input from all you good people is needed to improve this guide.

So please post or PM me your suggestions and recommendations.

I will keep the guide updated
v01 first draft
v02 added comments from forum members
v03 added comments from forum members
v04 added comments from forum members

Note The attached .doc file is only visible when you are logged in

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Routers:Netgear R7800, Netgear R6400v1, Netgear R6400v2, Linksys EA6900 (XvortexCFE), Linksys E2000 (converted WRT320N), WRT54GS v1.
Install guide Linksys EA6900: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=291230
Simple PBR (Policy Based Routing) script: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318662
Install guide R6400v2:http://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=316399
OpenVPN server setup guide:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318795
Install guide R7800: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=320614


Last edited by egc on Sat Aug 10, 2019 14:41; edited 5 times in total
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:17    Post subject: Reply with quote
For future use
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Routers:Netgear R7800, Netgear R6400v1, Netgear R6400v2, Linksys EA6900 (XvortexCFE), Linksys E2000 (converted WRT320N), WRT54GS v1.
Install guide Linksys EA6900: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=291230
Simple PBR (Policy Based Routing) script: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318662
Install guide R6400v2:http://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=316399
OpenVPN server setup guide:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318795
Install guide R7800: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=320614
husky55
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 13:57    Post subject: Reply with quote
I just read through the whole thing and IMHO you did an outstanding job. It's covered everything I can think of with links. The r7800 has been around for a while so this tutorial timing may be a little off. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 14:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
I got my R7800 time ago, so far so good it works well
Im using Kong Builds ever since http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-IPQ806X/

to install
on stock Netgear firmware first do a reset
than via GUI updated with http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-IPQ806X/Test/R7800-factory-to-ddwrt.img
than once on DDWRT i used http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-IPQ806X/Test/ddwrt-netgear-R7800.bin for update..

once you are happy running, Kong builds you can update via CLI using this command: ddup --flash-remote http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-IPQ806X/Test/ddwrt-netgear-R7800.bin

Per Yngve Berg wrote:
No need to update when the fsctory-to-ddwrt.img and the .bin file is the same version.


yep...,but on next firmware update you must use .bin file !!!...

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TP-Link WR740Nv1 ------DD-WRT 33772 BS WAP/Switch (wired)
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 -----DD-WRT 41027 BS (AP,PPPoE,NAT,AD Blocking,AP Isolation,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DoT)
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 -----DD-WRT 40890 BS (AP,NAT,AD Blocking,Firewall,Wi-Fi OFF,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DoT)
TP-Link WR1043NDv2 -----Gargoyle OS 1.11.0 (AP,NAT,QoS,Quotas)
Qualcomm/IPQ8065
Netgear R7800 ---------DD-WRT 40270M 4.9 Kong (AP,NAT,AD-Blocking,AP&Net Isolation,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DNSCrypt v2 x2)
Broadcom
Netgear R7000 ---------DD-WRT 40270M Kong (AP,NAT,VLAN,AD-Blocking,Firewall,Local DNS,Forced DNS,DoT)
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Stubby for DNS over TLS I DNSCrypt v2 via Entware by mac913


Last edited by Alozaros on Thu Jul 25, 2019 16:49; edited 1 time in total
Per Yngve Berg
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 14:27    Post subject: Reply with quote
No need to update when the fsctory-to-ddwrt.img and the .bin file is the same version.
mha
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 15:11    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi!

I would appreciate seeing some configuration suggestions in the guide when it's running dd-wrt. Recommended wifi channels and other setup configurations specific to the model which it might benefit from.

Also; distribute the documentation as a PDF as a lot of people tend not to have a word processor compatible with Microsoft Word and would simply not trust .doc or .docx files Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 17:03    Post subject: Reply with quote
It's in the wiki.

https://forum.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/QCA_wireless_settings
mha
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 17:20    Post subject: Reply with quote
Per Yngve Berg wrote:
It's in the wiki.

https://forum.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/QCA_wireless_settings


Indeed it is. But it's a generic one. As far as I've seen the R7800 has some router specific workarounds and settings to live it's best life.

Anyhow. Just a feedback. Of course there's the wiki for pretty much anything.
egc
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:26    Post subject: Reply with quote
mha wrote:
Hi!

I would appreciate seeing some configuration suggestions in the guide when it's running dd-wrt. Recommended wifi channels and other setup configurations specific to the model which it might benefit from.

Also; distribute the documentation as a PDF as a lot of people tend not to have a word processor compatible with Microsoft Word and would simply not trust .doc or .docx files Smile


Thanks for your feedback

There are links to configuration options like the one Per Yngve pointed to in the Usefull Information /Wireless settings section

Will have a look if formatting looks any good in PDF

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Routers:Netgear R7800, Netgear R6400v1, Netgear R6400v2, Linksys EA6900 (XvortexCFE), Linksys E2000 (converted WRT320N), WRT54GS v1.
Install guide Linksys EA6900: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=291230
Simple PBR (Policy Based Routing) script: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318662
Install guide R6400v2:http://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=316399
OpenVPN server setup guide:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318795
Install guide R7800: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=320614
IvanI
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 14:17    Post subject: Reply with quote
Many thanks egc and others for this excellent guide.
Just upgraded from Archer C5 v1.20 to R7800.
Followed this guide and installed Kong's latest build.
Everything is working smoothly.

Thanks for a very clear guide!

I.
algomine
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:26    Post subject: Reply with quote
Great guide, kudos to egc!

I use the ReadyCLOUD feature of Netgear. I have hard drive connected via USB to R7800 and I can reach this disk via https://readycloud.netgear.com/client/index.html

Would I lose this functionality after flashing with DD-WRT? If yes then is there any working DD-WRT alternative for accessing a connected USB drive from the internet?

Thanks!
egc
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 13:05    Post subject: Reply with quote
algomine wrote:
Great guide, kudos to egc!

I use the ReadyCLOUD feature of Netgear. I have hard drive connected via USB to R7800 and I can reach this disk via https://readycloud.netgear.com/client/index.html

Would I lose this functionality after flashing with DD-WRT? If yes then is there any working DD-WRT alternative for accessing a connected USB drive from the internet?

Thanks!



Thanks Smile

DDWRT has no such thing baked in that I know of (it requires you to contact the Netgear website)

There are alternatives however:

What most of us do is make a secure connection to our home network using VPN, via this secure connection you can connect to anything on your network including your USB storage of the router.
This can all be done with DDWRT but requires more setup is perhaps less convenient but you get access to your whole home network and it is more secure.

An other possible alternative is using the baked in DDWRT webserver (lighttpd) with something like owncloud: https://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/fyi-owncloud-on-dd-wrt-kong.72104/

Or if you only want simple file transfer you can use the build in FTP server.

So there are alternatives but be ready for some extra work/setup

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Routers:Netgear R7800, Netgear R6400v1, Netgear R6400v2, Linksys EA6900 (XvortexCFE), Linksys E2000 (converted WRT320N), WRT54GS v1.
Install guide Linksys EA6900: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=291230
Simple PBR (Policy Based Routing) script: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318662
Install guide R6400v2:http://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=316399
OpenVPN server setup guide:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318795
Install guide R7800: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=320614
algomine
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 15:58    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks egc. What is your recommended setup that works well with DD-WRT? Ftp sounds good as long as I can access my USD drive at home via a browser from a work laptop where the VPN client is not installed. I presume I can just add my VPN credentials to Windows? Because I am not system admin on my work computer. Thanks!
egc
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 17:23    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hmm, difficult to tell.

DDWRT has ProFTPD which is the built in FTP server, which you can access with your webbrowser.
However FTP is insecure, you can use FTP with SSL/TLS but I do not know how easily it can be setup.

But you can always install different FTP servers on DDWRT.

I once setup the ProFTPD server just for testing and that was just a few mouse clicks, but as said I assume that the connection is insecure (not the login, you need a user and password, but the transport is not encrypted I think)

If you can install a program on your Windows laptop you can install the OVPN client but you probably need admin rights.

I have a QNAP NAS running and I use SFTP to connect to that (in case my OVPN is down), DDWRT can also use SFTP but that also requires a client program (like WinSCP)

So options enough but the necessity to use your webbrowser ties you to FTP I think, but I am no expert in this field.

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Routers:Netgear R7800, Netgear R6400v1, Netgear R6400v2, Linksys EA6900 (XvortexCFE), Linksys E2000 (converted WRT320N), WRT54GS v1.
Install guide Linksys EA6900: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=291230
Simple PBR (Policy Based Routing) script: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318662
Install guide R6400v2:http://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=316399
OpenVPN server setup guide:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318795
Install guide R7800: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=320614
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