Short of it:
New member installing OpenWrt for first time, how do I get to having this build:
? Do I need to first install the base openwrt for my modem and then update it to the above or do I direct install that build? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I came across this community as I searched for a solution to our household routers (Netgear Nighthawk R7800) apparent issues. We have it tied to an Arris CM8200 but we have been experiencing a lot of issues (random drops, bad fluctuations, and overall very unstable) that power cycling does not address and our ISP reports that they pinged our modem and it did not have an issue but when they pinged the router it dropped our connection. The technician recommended I check the firmware and ethernet cord from the modem to the router which I did and it did not fix the issue.
My wife works from home so dropped calls and instability are not something we can deal with so the ISP has a technician coming out soon to check the tap, drop, and measure the signal in the house but the phone tier 2 tech said he did not see any glaring issues and was positive it was the router. I temporarily have my wife direct wired into the modem but she now as a result is getting random phishing SIP calls as her work phone client does not filter them due to it being an older system, the router seemed to do so but the apparent instability of it is not an option so it is a bit of an issue. My hope is maybe openwrt will help, if not I will have to go with my ISPs 2 in 1 modem-router which is a really bad knock off brand one that the previous tenants here (and neighbors) have warned us against. The problem is we are a bit tight on the financial side so picking up a new modem (if it is our equipment and not a line issue) is not an option.
So my final long shot is to try openwrt and see if maybe that will help clear some issues up. I read up on the installation but I am confused about builds and I have heard good things about the build I listed above. So my quandary is do I install the stock openwrt for my router first and then go to that build, or do I install that build first? I understand basics of how to flash but I want to be clear on what I do so I do not end up bricking or making things worse.
Thank you in advance to any and all replies and I really am impressed with a community like this dedicated to helping make networking easier.