Netgear Releases FW for R7000; Early Reviews Not Promising

Netgear recently released firmware version for the Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk Smart Wi-Fi router. For those continuing to experience issues with the Netgear R7000 running firmware version, don’t rely on this latest update to resolve your issues. Based on some early reviews and comments from Netgear Community posts, this latest firmware release does not appear to fix or resolve the ongoing issues brought about by firmware versions or

According to Netgear’s firmware release notes, firmware version includes the following:

New features and enhancements:

  • Improves the network device identification.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the issue where the router should not remember the device name that was changed before the reset.

  • Fixes the issue where the OpenVPN client Connection Type shows as wired in the Attached Devices page but no information about the client shows in the VPN Client Devices tables.

  • Fixes the issue where the user can access the Internet Setup page via the Router/AP/Bridge/Repeating mode page.

  • Fixes the issue where some functions are grayed out if the user is using Firefox as the web browser.

  • Fixes the issue where watch devices cannot be detected and don’t display on the attached devices page.

  • Fixes the issue where some devices will display an unknown device name.

  • Fixes the issue where offline devices do not disappear.

  • Fixes the issue where the device name will show an unknown string.

Known Issues:

  • When using the Nighthawk app, the login fails when the password contains special characters.

  • The Internet will not disconnect when using a static WAN IP address and has reached the monthly traffic meter limit.

  • When disabling Circle using the Nighthawk app, the GUI still shows the Circle status as enabled.

The release notes make no mention of any fix for the dropped wireless connections or sporadic router reboots. If your Netgear R7000 router is running stable on firmware version, your safest bet is to stick with it. If you are feeling bold and want to do your own testing, you can download the latest firmware release through the R7000’s dashboard or directly from the Netgear support website.

Personally, until Netgear releases a solid piece of firmware to resolve the ongoing issues with the R7000, there’s no reason to continue putting time and effort into trial and error fixes. It’s time to move on.

If you’re interested, below are some stable routers I’ve used along with some new routers I’m looking into.


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Stable Netgear Routers I’ve Used

Netgear R8000 AC3200 Nighthawk AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router –

Netgear R8300 AC5000 Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router –

Alternative Routers I’m Considering

Synology RT2600 AC –  

Netgear XR700 AD7200 Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router –

Netgear RAX80 AX6000 Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi Router –

AmpliFi Mesh Wi-Fi System -


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