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Topic: Nighthawk R7000

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Broadcom has made their position clear on this: don't buy routers with Broadcom chips in them.

I noticed there is now support for Netgear R8000 and 6300. Will there ever be support for R7000?

tigs wrote:

I noticed there is now support for Netgear R8000 and 6300. Will there ever be support for R7000?

Hope so..... We can dream

2 weeks ago someone on IRC said he has a R7000 with serial console attached and he wants to try OpenWrt. He provided required info and then I added basic R7000 support:
https://dev.openwrt.org/changeset/46363/

As it often happens, then he disappeared. Image ready to test is available in snapshots, see:
https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots … x/generic/
You just have to install openwrt-bcm53xx-netgear-r7000-squashfs.chk

After installing it please confirm that it boots & works. Then please tests GPIOs to provide LEDs and buttons mappings:
http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/devel/add.new.device#gpios

Zajec, assuming it boots up, which of the wireless radios will work with openwrt?

Zajec, I've just ordered an R7000 and I've got some programming skills, though I'm not great at embedded stuff. Anything I can do to help? I'd be willing to try things out, provided the risk of bricking my device is very low.

Buddy Casino wrote:

Anything I can do to help? I'd be willing to try things out, provided the risk of bricking my device is very low.

Yes, see:

Zajec wrote:

Image ready to test is available in snapshots, see:
https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots … x/generic/
You just have to install openwrt-bcm53xx-netgear-r7000-squashfs.chk

After installing it please confirm that it boots & works. Then please tests GPIOs to provide LEDs and buttons mappings:
http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/devel/add.new.device#gpios

zloop wrote:

see post #29

As it often happens, then he disappeared. Image ready to test is available in snapshots, see:
https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots … x/generic/
You just have to install openwrt-bcm53xx-netgear-r7000-squashfs.chk

After installing it please confirm that it boots & works. Then please tests GPIOs to provide LEDs and buttons mappings:
http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/devel/add.new.device#gpios

Hi,
i have started with the GPIOs in the Wiki

http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/netgear/r7000?&#info

regards
seok

Thanks seok. Storing this info on wiki is probably unneeded, I don't think it'll be useful for anyone. It's kernel that is expected to know this stuff and export LEDs & support buttons in a reasonable way.

I completed support for R7000 in trunk/master and also backported it for the 15.05 release:
https://dev.openwrt.org/changeset/46733/

Of course wireless is still a problem, as described on our wiki page http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/hardware/so … om.bcm53xx sad For now this is probably all we could do.

Thanks seok, you beat me to it.
@Zajec: so driver support is currently limited to 2,4GHz, did I get that right?

I installed '06-Sep-2015 14:43 7471162' there is no WiFi present, uci lists nothing

Well, this is kind of a mixed feelings situation, my beloved openwrt finally supports my router - but without wlan, which is somewhat of a bummer.

As I haven't kept up with the driver situation, but the last thing I heard was that there were almost no chance at all of getting the wireless drivers working. Does this still hold up as true? Or may I begin to hope that I one day can run openwrt on my router?

That's very funny!
A wireless router without wireless?
I flashed my Netgear R7000 with the latest OpenWRT Chaos Calmer which released on September 11, 2015, there is no Wifi option at all.
No 2.4GHz, No 5GHz, nothing at all.
If it is because of the wireless driver not available, then how come the lastest DD-WRT which released on the same day as OpenWRT Chaos Calmer can work with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz?
ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2015/09-11-2 … ear-r7000/

(Last edited by bikkuri on 16 Sep 2015, 13:47)

@blkkuri, AFAIK it's because openwrt don't approve of binary proprietary drivers which would be needed to wake up the wifi on a R7000 router ...

I was hoping for some good news for us R7000 owners, such as as the vendor releasing GPL-drivers or a reverse engineered driver ...

I hope there would be a support soon, too! Tried several firmware versions and openwrt is best! But I have a question, the Asus AC68u is sopported by openwrt and has the same wireless driver! Why not using that package???

(wireless chipset: Broadcom BCM4360)

so long

Hello, is there a way to include the proprietary driver unoffcially? (if I assume I want to stick with openwrt)

Yes pls, the device is awesome, but with openwrt it would be more awesome wink
I tried dd-wrt but have some issues... hmm

so long

Say I want to use this as a wired-only router (i.e. wifi being handled by dedicated APs) supporting a FiOS WAN...does this router in particular suffer from slow LAN->WAN performance as found in some other models (or is that a more general OpenWRT issue)?

Ultimately, what I'm trying to achieve is a gigabit-WAN capable wired router running OpenWRT, with a CPU fast enough of handling QoS duties without impacting throughput.  Does such a thing exist?

Rodney

Slow LAN/WAN is not a general OpenWrt issue, it's simply an issue with software NAT and slow CPU's. The R7000 might be able to do 1Gbps LAN/WAN, but you can forget about QoS that'll be too demanding. The new WRT1900ACS with dualcore 1.6GHz might come close(r), perhaps with sch_cake.

What about usb?
I can't get any pendrive or usb modem working.

Is there any way to "insmod" binary drivers, or build openwrt with that drivers?:)