Netgear recently released firmware version 220.127.116.11_10.2.64 for the Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk Smart Wi-Fi router. For those continuing to experience issues with the Netgear R7000 running firmware version 18.104.22.168_10.2.60, 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 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199.
According to Netgear’s firmware release notes, firmware version 188.8.131.52_10.2.64 includes the following:
New features and enhancements:
Improves the network device identification.
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.
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 184.108.40.206, 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.
Stable Netgear Routers I’ve Used:
Netgear R8000 AC3200 Nighthawk AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router – https://amzn.to/2W6zSWv
Netgear R8300 AC5000 Nighthawk X8 Smart WiFi Router – https://amzn.to/2AXDDEC
Alternative Routers I’m Considering:
Synology RT2600 AC – https://amzn.to/2W0ZDHP
Netgear XR700 AD7200 Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router – https://amzn.to/2MnzePK
Netgear RAX80 AX6000 Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi Router – https://amzn.to/2RTqlms
AmpliFi Mesh Wi-Fi System - https://amzn.to/2SaYpup