Enabling Facebook WiFi on a NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 AC1900

 

If you run Facebook WIFI on your router it prompts clients to like your Facebook page before they can access the internet.

I pitched this solution to a client, and their reaction was 3 times yes! If you want to build likes on your page with a fair win-win approach this is it.

When I visited other restaurants I already seen this Facebook WIFI wall so I knew it was possible to setup. Then the research began. I look for routers that supported Facebook WIFI. On the official FB page NETGEAR seems to only support one model: R6300. Great, let’s find this model and order it? At the time of writing NETGEARs R6300 wasn’t available via Coolblue so I had to find another model that supported it.

A few internet searches learned me that the bigger model R7000 should have a Facebook WIFI option available. And sure you can believe everything what you read on the interwebz 😂

I ordered the NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 and to my surprise… no Facebook WIFI option 😭

Luckily Tom Knabe had a pretty easy hack. Via Chrome you can edit HTML on the fly with its inspector. He found out that the FB option was hidden, so you could bring it back. So I did. But nope. I got a 404 page. No Facebook option to be found on this guy.

Being late to the party my NETGEAR was already on version 1.0.7 so they probably trashed the fbwifi page in these new versions.

Reading comments on a forum someone mentioned you should downgrade to V1.0.3.68 and that the FB Option would work again.

And to my surprise… it did! 🎉

 

TL;DR:

– Downgrade your NETGEAR NightHawk R7000 to version R7000-V1.0.3.68_1.1.31
– Enable a Guest Network
– Visit: http://www.routerlogin.net/fbwifi.htm or Inspect Element the last LI element at the Advanced Settings and remove the comment tags from the Fb Wifi option