NETGEAR R8000 Nighthawk

Devices with Broadcom WiFi chipsets have limited OpenWrt supportability (due to limited FLOSS driver availability for Broadcom chips). Consider this when choosing a device to buy, or when deciding to flash OpenWrt on your device because it is listed as supported. See Broadcom WiFi for details.

NOTE: The hardware in this device is a bit of an exception to the above: the wireless devices are fully supported by the in-kernel brcmfmac driver and work well.

  • Second data partition (79 MiB) not available in OpenWrt
  • For a proper performance use:
    • radio0 for the higher 5 GHz band (channel 149 or something else, depending on country)
    • radio2 for the lower 5 GHz band (channel 48, or something like that and lower)
ModelVersionSoCCPU MHzCPU CoresFlash MBRAM MBWLAN HardwareWLAN2.4WLAN5.0100M portsGbit portsModemUSB
R8000Broadcom BCM4709A010002128NAND256Broadcom BCM43602b/g/na/n/ac--1x 2.0, 1x 3.0

As of OpenWrt 19.07, the R8000 can be flashed to OpenWrt through the stock web UI.

  1. From the 'Firmware Downloads' tab above, download the most recent 'install' build of OpenWrt (as of this writing, openwrt-19.07.1-bcm53xx-netgear-r8000-squashfs.chk)
  2. Connect your computer to the router via wired ethernet.
  3. Go to the stock web UI; navigate to the firmware upgrade page.
  4. Upload the .chk file from above, click 'upgrade', wait a couple of minutes.
  5. Navigate to the OpenWrt web UI at in your browser and set up the router as desired.

Needed for usbkey

  • kmod-phy-bcm-ns-usb3 (for usb3 connection)
  • kmod-usb-storage kmod-usb3
  • kmod-fs-ext4
  • block-mount (to mount usbdrive ext4 for example)


for 5 GHz work great load on radio2

  1. set country code to US
  2. set channel 48 to radio2
  3. set channel 149 to radio0→ SAVE → Reboot

The CPU of this device does not provide VFP support:

# grep "\(model\|Feature\)" /proc/cpuinfo
model name      : ARMv7 Processor rev 0 (v7l)
Features        : half thumb fastmult edsp tls 
model name      : ARMv7 Processor rev 0 (v7l)
Features        : half thumb fastmult edsp tls 

Runnning ARMv6 or ARMv7 targeted Go executables on that platform will result in Illegal instruction errors.

The work-around is to target ARMv5 during compilation:

# export GOOS=linux
# export GOARCH=arm
# export GOARM=5
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  • Last modified: 2022/07/12 11:50
  • by rpavlik