How To Flash DD-WRT to the Netgear Nighthawk R7000

Revised and updated from my original post here

Flashing firmware always has some risk. I am not responsible for any damage that may occur as a result of this process.

Honestly the process of flashing the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 to DD-WRT is a really easy, straight forward process. Unfortunately it was difficult to find some place that states it plainly. It does require that you flash to an early version of DD-WRT using a .chk file and then promptly flashing a newer version of DD-WRT so this is a two step process. So here it is.

What you will need:

First connect your PC to your router with the RJ45 network cable. It’s never safe to try to update firmware over wireless. Then do the following:

  1. On your PC’s web browser go to
  2. Navigate to the Advanced tab
  3. Click “Administration”
  4. Click “Firmware Update”
  5. From “Locate file on your hard disk” click “Choose File”
  6. Browse to where you saved the .chk file from the above link. “dd-wrt.K3_R7000.chk”
  7. Select “Upload”

If you get any other prompts just follow the directions. You may also end up at a white screen. The firmware tries to return you to the Netgear firmware page which is no longer present on your router. After you get back to steady blinking lights on the router your upgrade is done. Refresh the page for in your browser. You will now be presented with the initial DD-WRT page that asks you to pick a username and a password.

  1. Fill in your username of choice in the “username” field.
  2. Fill in your password of choice in the “Password” field.
  3. Confirm your password by re-typing it in the confirmation field.
  4. Note your username and password someplace safe like your password manager.
  5. Click on the “Administration” tab.
  6. Click “Firmeware Upgrade”
  7. Click “Choose File”
  8. Now browse to where you saved the .bin file from the above link. “dd-wrt.v24-K3_AC_ARM_STD.bin” and select it.
  9. Click “Upgrade”

The router will now go in to a second firmware update which brings the version of DD-WRT up to current. Enjoy your new more flexible, powerful, router!

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