TFTP fails to load image on new Netgear R7800

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to install OpenWRT on a new Netgear R7800. I'm using Mac OS X to TFTP the image to the router. I've followed the instructions detailed on the documentation page for the process:

1- Power off the router
2- Press and hold the reset button
3- Power on the router while holding the reset button
4- Wait for the power light to blink on white. Count 10 blinks, then TFTP the image

I have downloaded factory image version 19.07.05 and I use the commands below to upload it to the router (prior to this I have changed my IP to

tftp> connect
tftp> binary
tftp> rexmt 1
tftp> timeoute 60
tftp> put openwrt-19.07.5-ipq806x-generic-netgear_r7500v2-squashfs-factory.img
Sent 8519809 bytes in 1.6 seconds

While the image uploads I've noticed that the power button stops blinking and is off. However after the image is uploaded it (which takes a couple of seconds), the power light starts blinking again forever. Once I power off/on the router, it loads the OEM image again. I've tried with V1 image as well but with the same results.

Is there something I'm doing wrong?


Try renaming the file, use a short(er) name, as described in.

Should have no impact.
I have successfully TFTP flashed R7800 with long filenames.

Wrong image. R7500v2 != R7800


Good spotting !


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Thanks everyone! Yes, wrong image, working now.

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