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Flashing Asus-WRT Merlin by XVortex on NetGear NightHawk R7000

Note:

There are many ways to achieve this and in this tutorial I follow two flash method.

Preparation:

Procedure:

  1. Login to your router. Reset it to factory settings (Advanced > Administration > Backup Settings > Revert to factory default settings).
  2. Flash the .chk file, after this procedure firmware will be upgraded to Tomato. (Advanced > Administration > Router Update > Browse > Apply)
  3. Now flash the .trx file which upgrades to XVortex’s Firmware. You will see ‘successful’ message at end.
  4. Now if your router is not being detected, do manual reboot of the router.
  5. Connect to the router, if there are any IP conflicts it will be displayed. It should now show you the Installation Wizard. Either follow it or skip it. But it will require you to set the WPA creds.
  6. Do another reset (Administration > Restore/Save/Upload Setting > Factory default OR http://<router_ip_address>/Advanced_SettingBackup_Content.asp).
  7. Repeat step 4 if necessary.
  8. Follow the installation wizard at your wish, same as in step 5.

That’s all!! :D

Post installation:

To set TX power to 30%-50%, for both bands:

  1. Go to Wireless > Professional > Tx power adjustment (or http://<router_ip_address>/Advanced_WAdvanced_Content.asp).
  2. Set Tx power adjustment to 30% - 50%.
  3. Change Band to 5Ghz and do step 2 again.

Hope this helps.

Credits:

Check this thread where I originally wrote this tutorial. Thanks to @XVortex for this fine firmware. Thanks to @slidermike who actually introduced me to this, or else I was going to try Tomato. Thanks to @ManiDhillon, @freibooter and @mito for answering my noobie questions and giving me instructions.