Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT or Tomato VPN AC1900 WiFi Router

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Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT or Tomato VPN AC1900 WiFi Router

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5.0 average, based on 3 reviews


Product Information

NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 VPN Wireless Cable & Fibre Router

Flashed with the very latest DD-WRT or Tomato Firmware (see options above) ready to simply plug in behind your existing router.

We recommend DD-WRT but that decision is yours. Our testing shows DD-WRT VPN through speeds are approximately 10Mbps faster than Tomato.

Please Note:- This Router does not come with a VPN service included this will need to be purchased separately if you don't already have one.


Meet the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT, AKA, the Netgear Nighthawk!


Works with all major broadband providers BT Broadband, BT infinity, Sky, Talktalk, Plusnet, Virgin etc. etc..




If you are just starting to scratch the surface of VPN, VPN Providers and their respective benefits, you are already on the right path to identity protection, network privacy, and personal security. 
We recommend OpenVPN protocol because it often offers the best of both worlds (speed and security) when it comes to VPN services.
Sadly, OpenVPN is not an included option on most common routers.

This Netgear R7000 router has enhanced DD-WRT firmware with full OpenVPN integration.

Using a VPN provider within a router means that the setup only has to be done once and can cover all of your devices. Any device then connected to the Netgear R7000 VPN router will be encrypted behind your VPN service. 
A few benefits of using a VPN: - Download and upload P2P files in privacy, bypass the Country's web censorship and content surveillance, stream media from Kodi and other media streaming services without prying eyes of your internet service provider, use search engines without having your searches logged the list goes on and on...

How does a VPN work?
Basically a VPN encrypts the internet connection so all of the data you're sending and receiving is secured from prying eyes or hackers. More information can be found HERE.

We recommend running this R7000 router behind your existing router as the picture above illustrates,
You will then have 2 gateways out on to the internet, 1 securely encrypted behind your VPN router and 1 going out though your existing router giving you the best of both worlds!
You will require a modem if you don't plug this into exsiting router!

Running your VPN from a router will only use 1 of your allowed connections, so everything behind the VPN connection is encrypted & protected, freeing up more connections to use outside your property eg. Family mobiles etc

What is DD-WRT?
DD-WRT is a Linux-based firmware project developed to enhance the performance and features of wireless Internet routers. Modifying a router to DD-WRT lifts restrictions built in to the default firmware, providing advanced capabilities to make your Internet and Home Network more controllable and versatile, features which are normally only found in very high end enterprise routers.

This NETGEAR R7000 is recognised as being one of the fastest OpenVPN through speed routers available. It's down to the main processor handling the VPN encryption along with 256 MB RAM.

Less powerful routers will give a very disappointing VPN speeds of around 20-30% line speed, Don't be tempted with cheap routers, you will be disappointed and wasting your money!

Our testing shows we only lost 7 Mbps of download speed when connecting to Private Internet Access (PIA) Southampton server, see below speed test results with and without VPN connection.

Without VPN

With PIA Southampton VPN


There are many VPN providers but TVBC recommends 5 of the very best available VPN Providers. More information can be found HERE

If you Contact Us after purchasing the R7000 and provide us with your VPN supplier name and your account details, we will setup the router up for you and fully test it free of charge before dispatching the router, ready to simply plug it in and start using on its arrival.


Default Gateway / IP:
Username: admin
Password: password
Wi-Fi SSID: dd-wrt-2.4 & dd-wrt-5.0
Wireless Key: snowman33
(All of the above default router settings can be changed pictured guide included)


Default Gateway / IP:
Username: admin
Password: admin
Wi-Fi SSID: tomato-2.4 & tomato-5.0
Wireless Key: snowman33
(All of the above default router settings can be changed pictured guide included)

This is a great priced top end fast VPN Netgear router that is TVBC number 1 recommendation.


What Makes A TVBC Nighthawk Better?

The Netgear R7000 arrives pre-installed with a recent, tested, and stable firmware build of your choice. Forget spending hours deciphering and testing the DD-WRT and Tomato forums/website/Wiki for the correct hardware version and proper build, only to discover that you've improperly flashed your device and bricked it.

Each Router arrives at your doorstep with a easy to follow installation guide and some instructions for changing a few settings that you may find useful.

Using DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will make a network infinitely more stable and easier to tweak. The TVBC Netgear R7000 Router is the premiere choice for users who want top-notch, high-definition video streaming quality for your favourite services: Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video, and ITV, among others. Tired of buffering? Go with the stability, improved security, and customizability of the Linux kernel!

TVBC creates a complete out-of-the-box, plug and play router solution that includes all of the most popular features.


Best in Class RAM/Flash Memory in a Wireless Router

At 256 RAM, the R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk Router matches most of the top end of router-based RAM, and offers 128 MB of active flash memory for flashing the most powerful and malleable DD-WRT or Tomato builds around. RAM and Flash memory are important to the caching and saving of sites because it hastens connectivity to your most frequently visited sites. With a heavy duty processor, more RAM/Flash memory are a must.

The R7000 includes a USB 3.0 port for best-in-class high-speed data transfer (up to 10x faster than USB 2.0) and network sharing. A second USB 2.0 port is also included. Use these 2 integrated USB port to attach a backup storage device, Network Attached Storage (NAS) backup, or to create a network printer. The faster the USB ports, the faster you can do network backups, transfer, & share files between devices.



DD-WRT Warranty: Performing a DD-WRT firmware installation voids manufacturer warranties. TVBoxCompany provides DD-WRT routers with the firmware upgraded, which is then tested for stability and performance which we back with a a 90 day warranty.



1 x TVBC NEW DD-WRT or Tomato Programmed Netgear R7000 Router
1 x UK Power supply
1 x TVBC set up instructions
90 Day RTB Warranty
Free delivery included with next day paid option available.

Routers may not be dispatched same day but dispatched the following day, depending on purchase time, setup and testing time.

No VPN Client included this must be purchased separately


TVBoxCompany install 3rd Party Firmware on all our routers. By replacing factory firmware with 3rd Party firmware, manufacturers will no longer honor their product warranty.
We are confident that every router sold will function as advertised; as we open, inspect, upgrade, configure, and then test all our routers before they get dispatched.
That is why we guarantee you will receive a working unit and offer our own 90-day hardware warranty included with all DD-WRT or Tomato routers purchased from the our website.






Product Code NETAFAPC28
Manufacturer NETGEAR
Condition New
Weight 1.600kg

Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 5

just worred straight out of the box thanks

1 2 3 4 5
Borris (04 Dec 2017, 19:42)

Very simple to follow guide very fast VPN speeds very please

1 2 3 4 5
DEB H (20 Nov 2017, 15:34)

First class service, fast delivery, plugged it in and worked straight out of the box.

1 2 3 4 5
Diana Moss (14 Nov 2017, 10:10)
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