Netgear Nighthawk D7800 vs R7800


I understand that the Netgear Nighthawk X4S AC2600 is a good midrange router for OpenWRT

However, there seems to be different documentation and support for these two models.

Model D7800
Model R7800

The D7800 has the ADSL but not supported by OpenWrt anyway, the pictures of D7800 make it look like a poor relation but listings on ebay have them looking similar.

Is there a preferred model from the two above or any tech reason?

I noticed the Broken NAND Chips/Blocks issue on the R7800 but the fix does not look too onerous.

If the ADSL was supported on the D7800 then it might be worth considering for future use.


D7800 has a weaker CPU as well from memory


a) chances for the xDSL modem to be supported in the future are near null.
b) older SOC (ipq8064 vs ipq8065), running at lower clock frequencies (2*1.4 GHz vs 2*1.7 GHz)
c) older wireless chipset (QCA9980 vs QCA9984)
d) half the RAM (256 MB vs 512 MB)

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THANKS I did not notice the Ram, I need to put them side by side


Hardware Highlights

Model Version SoC CPU MHz Flash MB RAM MB WLAN Hardware WLAN2.4 WLAN5.0 100M ports Gbit ports Modem USB
D7800 Qualcomm Atheros IPQ8064 1400 128 256 2x Qualcomm Atheros QCA9980 b/g/n a/n/ac - 5 VDSL2 2x 3.0


Hardware Highlights

Version SoC CPU Cores CPU MHz Flash MB RAM MB WLAN Hardware WLAN2.4 WLAN5.0 Gbit ports USB
Qualcomm Atheros IPQ8065 2 1700 128NAND 512 Qualcomm Atheros QCA9984 b/g/n a/n/ac 5 2x 3.0

Cust to clarify, the D7800 actually has 512MB of RAM, see this thread: Netgear D7800 memory not all available

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Choose the r7800 if you can, because the community support is bigger as this device has more ‚active‘ developers and users.
And the only feature (vdsl modem) which really makes a difference is not supported by openwrt.
(From a d7800 user which has long experience with this device)

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