Anyone get XWRT Vortex on the NetGear R6900 (CostCo version of R7000)

Discussion in 'X-WRT - OpenWRT Firmware' started by smitbret, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. smitbret

    smitbret New Member Member

    I have been looking for a router that can run AsusWRT-Merlin firmware that is not an Asus RT-AC68x.

    Reason, I had a T-Mobile CellSpot that I flashed to stock and loved that I could set the router as the Master Browser on my network. It made file-sharing among my Windows machines so much smoother. Anyway, I liked the RT-AC68U but I hate the upright form factor.

    I recently discovered that the R7000 could be flashed to XWRT Vortex firmware and that has kept my eye open for a deal. Found the NetGear AC1900 Nighthawk at Costco for $150. I jumped all over it and didn't notice until I got home that it said "R6900" on the box. WTF? Anyway, I took a quick shot at flashing the firmware using:

    It didn't work.

    Before I take this back to CostCo, is it even possible to get XWRT onto this router? Has anyone actually done it? Are there any other significant differences between the R7000 and the R6900 other than 1 less USB port?

    Right now I am just leaning towards returning it and getting a Linksys EA6900 for about the same money.
  2. cybrnook

    cybrnook Addicted to LI Member

    No reports of XWRT on R6900 that I know of.

    If you were to try, your best shot would be flashing XVortex's custom CFE using Jernau's guide in the R7000 (XWRT) thread (first 2 pages it's in there). This would hard code your device to identify as an R7000 for his firmware (and tomato and dd-wrt) for example. If the main GPIO's are the same you should have no issues (less the USB 2.0 port). If it goes south, as sfx2000 mentioned to you in your snb thread R7000 vs. R6900 (CostCo)... Differences and availability of 3rd party FW

    Costco has a generous return policy ;-)

    PM me if your in the market for an R7000 or EA6900 before you buy one retail if you go that route.
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