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Kudos0

Norton Core Custom Firmware

So, I got a Norton Core router as a gift, and I love the design, but it's nannying me to death with stuff that's locked out "for your own good." I'd like to set up a pi-hole on it, but I can only select a predetermined list of DNS servers, instead of inputting a custom one.

I remember hearing that the Core used WRT firmware because it got in trouble for not sharing the source code. I'm unable to find any custom firmware that's compatible, but has anyone here had any luck with this router?

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Kudos0

Re: Norton Core Custom Firmware

Hello JenrasGomes. The Core does indeed use some open source modules as do most vendors, and its not verifiable yes or no as to whether a licensing issue occurred where tailored source code wasn't shared as is outlined in the GNU licensing agreement. Core, and access to its settings are predetermined by the app used to control it, settings aren't "locked out for our own good", they are designed that way to prevent the network as a whole from becoming compromised, as the average user often mistakes certain things as being safe when actually they're not. The other issue with settings are the cloud services Norton uses to update Core, provide encryption / scanning of our data coming into and going out of the Core.

You can set the Core DNS settings to "one of the pre-programmed settings in the app. I personally use Cloud Flare DNS on my ISP device since DHCP has to remain enabled to provide TV and VOIP services. I then selected ISP within the Core app for it to use those DNS settings. Of course I have to use a NAT-NAT setup where Core is behind the ISP device. Using Core in bridged mode, aka no TV/VOIP services being routed by the ISP device will force the DNS settings to stay with the ones dictated by the app and firmware as noted here. 

As for "custom firmware" the Core is "locked" and cannot be wiped in its current form. There is firmware that is compatible on the OpenWRT site which I have identified some time ago and posted to the Core team, regarding when Core reaches EOS [ END OF SUPPORT]. Customers should be able to have Core wiped/unlocked and then be able to use the compatible firmware of their choice at that time. So we shall all wait for what decision Norton makes in this regard. 

I believe there MAY be an alternative "software" solution in the works to replace the "hardware" aspects of Core, that too isn't being discussed. Hoping and waiting for the Core to become wiped clean, some generic firmware replacing what is currently there which will allow us to re-purpose Core going forward.

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows Server 2016 Essentials / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1909 / build 18363.476 / N360 Deluxe 22.19.8.65 / Norton Core v.288 on Android 2.21 / Opera GX
Kudos0

Re: Norton Core Custom Firmware

So, I got a Norton Core router as a gift, and I love the design, but it's nannying me to death with stuff that's locked out "for your own good." I'd like to set up a pi-hole on it, but I can only select a predetermined list of DNS servers, instead of inputting a custom one. whatsapp web 192.168.0.1 routerlogin

I remember hearing that the Core used WRT firmware because it got in trouble for not sharing the source code. I'm unable to find any custom firmware that's compatible, but has anyone here had any luck with this router?

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Kudos0

Re: Norton Core Custom Firmware

Hello again. By design, Core is ONLY accessible via the Core app, it is NOT internally accessible via a webbrowser and that has been a major complaint since the Core was introduced. I linked to fully compatible firmware in my previous post which the Norton team was made aware of. If you'd like to view the firmware as its listed please go here.  The problem is, installing custom firmware on Core IS NOT POSSIBLE as it is locked down by the current Core firmware. In a nutshell, NO ONE has or will have any luck with custom firmware for that reason. My comparison for Core hardware and the Netgear R7800 are shown below. IF Core is ever unlocked for we the end user this is the custom firmware I will personally use.

And again, the same applies with the DNS selections within the Core app. They too, are also "locked down" within the current Core firmware. No pie-holes are selectable. As Core is no longer being produced I don't believe Norton will ever allow DNS null routing on the Core for security reasons. Hope this explains things a bit clearer for you.

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows Server 2016 Essentials / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1909 / build 18363.476 / N360 Deluxe 22.19.8.65 / Norton Core v.288 on Android 2.21 / Opera GX
Kudos0

Re: Norton Core Custom Firmware

Hello JenrasGomes. I'm following up with your post to see if we can assist further?

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows Server 2016 Essentials / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1909 / build 18363.476 / N360 Deluxe 22.19.8.65 / Norton Core v.288 on Android 2.21 / Opera GX