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Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

roaming_bob
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Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

I purchased the R6700 Nighthawk router from Costco, and have learned through these forums that it is the "Costco version" of the R7000. However the Netgear site does not list any firmware updates for the R6700. The current firmware I'm running on the R6700 is V1.0.0.2_1.0.1. But the R7000 seems to list many newer firmware versions. So I've wondered if these can be installed (and work) on my R6700.
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Retired_Member
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Re: Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

It's my understanding that FW is model specific even down to hardware versions. If it accepts the R7000 FW I think it should work and might just be a branding change for Costco. Did you try updating from the Router Update menu? Is the FW version installed the same as one of the listed versions for the R7000?
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alien433
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Re: Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

Its not the R7000 according this site http://www.costco.com/NETGEAR-AC1750-Wireless-Dual-Band-Gigabit-Router-(R6700).product.100135269.htm...
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fordem
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Re: Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

I believe Netgear firmware updates are coded to check the device before they update it - you'll most likely find that the R7000 update will refuse to install on the R6700.

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gerick
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Re: Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

Costco.com lists the R6700 as "NETGEAR AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (R6700)". The R7000 Nighthawk is AC1900. You might try the AC1750 (R6300) for an answer. Maybe the R6700 is a Costo version of the 6300?

http://forum1.netgear.com/forumdisplay.php?f=155

The Netgear site does list firmware for the R6700, but it is the Initial Release. R6700 Firmware Version 1.0.0.2
http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/25179
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netwrks
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Re: Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

alien433 wrote:
Its not the R7000 according this site http://www.costco.com/NETGEAR-AC1750-Wireless-Dual-Band-Gigabit-Router-(R6700).product.100135269.htm...
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The AC1750 is equivalent to the R6300. (Not sure what hardware version of the 6300 though). The R7000 is an AC1900.
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roaming_bob
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Re: Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. The R7000 has many firmware versions listed that appear much more recent than the version found on my "R6700" - which is to say that the firmware I have seems so old by comparison it may have been pushed out of the bottom of the listings.
I will look into the AC1750 ("R6300") aspects.
To those that asked, I did explore what was listed on the Netgear site for R6700, and it only offers the firmware that came with the install.
Hind site is 20-20. Had I know this was a Costco specific product, without updates, I would have not purchased it.
BTY - my whole reason for looking for updates is because the penetrance of the WiFi signal seems to have declined in the last couple of months (unit was deployed in January), and has diminished to the point where certain rooms in my home have problematic WiFi connectivity for iPhones and iPads.....
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mrfranc
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Re: Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

The R6700 is the R7000 limited in software, updates and minus rear USB. If you check the FCC ID both products have the same number. I have a R6700 and a R7000. The R6700 is bridge to the R7000 via AC wireless witch is 1300 Mbps on both of them. R7000 AC1900 WiFi—600N+1300AC Mbps, R6700: AC1750 WiFi—450N+1300AC Mbps.
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mrfranc
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VE6CGX
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Re: Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

Many things COSTCO sells at lesser cost look same as regular model but if you check specs. there is difference. It is up to the purchaser if the purchase is a good buy. I very seldom buy anything in electronics at COSTCO. One example, once I was looking at a Dell laptop which supposes to have a separate video card but one at COSTCO had embedded video controller sharing memory.
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Fairytail
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Re: Appropriate to install R7000 firmware updates on my R6700?

Here is a comparison of the two devices base on NETGEAR's website. Number of USB Ports: R6700 - One (1) USB 3.0 port R7000 - Two (2) USB ports—one (1) USB 3.0 & one (1) USB 2.0 port Key Features: R6700: AC1750 WiFi—450+1300 Mbps† speeds 1GHz Dual Core Processor Advanced features for lag-free gaming Prioritized bandwidth for streaming videos or music 100% faster for mobile devices Beamforming+ improves range and performance for both 2.4 and 5GHz devices High powered amplifiers & antennas to extend your WiFi coverage Upstream & downstream QoS for best gaming & video streaming experience Airtime fairness prevents network lag when slower devices connect Free automatic backup software for Windows® PC & Time Machine® compatible for Macs Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server R7000: AC1900 WiFi—600+1300 Mbps† speeds 1GHz Dual Core Processor Advanced features for lag-free gaming Prioritized bandwidth for streaming videos or music Now with NETGEAR genie® with remote access Implicit and Explict Beamforming improves range and performance for both 2.4 and 5GHz devices High powered amplifiers & antennas to extend your WiFi coverage Upstream & downstream QoS for best gaming & video streaming experience Airtime fairness prevents network lag when slower devices connect Easy & automatic installation of the NETGEAR router with Internet provider gateway to upgrade your WiFi ReadyCLOUD® USB Access allows you to enjoy personal and secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere Free automatic backup software for Windows® PC & Time Machine® compatible for Macs Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server On/off LED lights option
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