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Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

BOYZB16
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Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

In a holding pattern on .64, I face the same (3) choices as you and security concerned.
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jomolungma
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Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

I just upgraded my firmware to 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 because I was finally getting around to trying some media server stuff and noticed I hadn't upgraded my Nighthawk firmware in a looooong time.  I haven't had any issues yet, but after reading this post it seems like I'm more than likely going to have some.  It looks like everyone agrees 1.0.9.42_10.2.44 is the last reliable firmware (I'm not inclined to try the DD-WRT route just yet).    My only question is - is downgrading the firmware to a prior version as simple as flashing the router with the older firmware?  It will just overwrite the existing firmware?  I just want to be sure there isn't some special procedure I need to go through to downgrade, as opposed to upgrading.  Thanks!

Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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BBurgDave
Apprentice

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

@jomolungma you need to reset the router to factory settings first, then flash with the older firmware and reconfigure the settings.

Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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jomolungma
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Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

Ok, thanks!
Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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d3fragg3d
Tutor

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

Has anyone tried the latest firmware release? Pretty sure Netgear have released something new very recently to patch a big security vulnerability.
I am still stuck on a really old firmware as its most reliable.

Advice welcome.
Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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BBurgDave
Apprentice

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

@d3fragg3dI am a glutton for punishment, so I will try it out, now that I see it is there.  I am not very hopeful however ...

 

Dave

Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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3s1k
Tutor

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

I'm still using DDWRT Kong Build that's beeing kicking but. I just tweaked the settings and getting 600+mbps down. I do have some friends who are using the a stock r7000 that I would like to get them updated to a better running build.

 

Thanks for being a guinea pig. I look forward to your feedback.

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BOYZB16
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Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

Please report back on how you go with .100, there are mixed reviews i've read so far with .100 some users still experiencing dropouts.

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d3fragg3d
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Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

@BBurgDavethanks so much for giving it a go. Looking forward to the feedback. But yes, as are the others, I am absolutely not holding my breath. The fact we are forced into using such an outdated firmware for stability is completely shocking.
DDWRT is a good way to go I suppose.

@3s1kHow difficult was it to install? Is there any risk? Would you recommend it to someone with limited networking experience? Are there any good guides out there?

The firmware I am using at the moment although old is absolutely rock solid so I am not sure the real need to swtich at the moment other than for security reasons. Does anyone know what big security risks are out there for us running 1.0.9.42 ?

Cheers

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BOYZB16
Apprentice

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

To answer your last question and to put simply, hackers could exploit security vulnerabilities in the .42 outdated firmware you are running and possibly hack your router.
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jgscorpio
Guide

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

I have been following this thread for a long while and I truly want to update the firmware but I simply cannot trust NG to do it. I have the router still because I hate exploring new things sometimes. It would be nice if we could see from real users if the update works and is worth doing. Flashing the router to factory settings took me all damn day.
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flamer
Initiate

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

Turning off Remote Management in your product Web GUI significantly reduces your risk of exposure to these vulnerabilities.

 

Im using V1.0.9.42_10.2.44, seems fine, tried the update once and all hell broke lose, so i think i would rather buy a new router then update,....

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d3fragg3d
Tutor

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

@BOYZB16  Sorry but that answer does not help at all, its too general.

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BBurgDave
Apprentice

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

@d3fragg3dDon't blame @BOYZB16 , blame Netgear.  If you read the release notes on all of their patches, they are, purposefully I assume, about exactly what security problems are being addressed in each new release of the firmware.  Despite that, they send out emails telling us all we need to upgrade because of "security issues".  Netgear's lack of transparency on this leaves us all in the dark on what problems really exist in older versions of the firmware.

 

The recent problems, however, that led to this new firmware release (the first in over a year), are pretty well documented, even by Netgear - see here: https://kb.netgear.com/29960/NETGEAR-Product-Vulnerability-Advisory-Potential-security-issue-associa...

Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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BBurgDave
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Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

Can't edit my post - the release notes are "purposefully vague" ...

Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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d3fragg3d
Tutor

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

Thanks for the information all.
Lets see how the new firmware works with our router then.

I certainly am not going to jump in to test it. I'll keep RM disabled and just plod on Smiley Very Happy

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BOYZB16
Apprentice

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

@BBurgDave Cheers! And this is definitely the better answer.
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Aqualung1
Luminary

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

Hi guys, so what's the bottom line? Is it worth trying out the newest .10x FW? My experinces with .64 and .88 were catastrophic. I'm on .42, and everything is rock solid.

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BBurgDave
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Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?


@Aqualung1 wrote:

Hi guys, so what's the bottom line? Is it worth trying out the newest .10x FW? My experinces with .64 and .88 were catastrophic. I'm on .42, and everything is rock solid.

 

I'm planning to try it and, if it is not working out, I will go back to .42.  I think that it is, in general, better to have the latest firmware on a device like this, but, it has to "do no harm", of course.


 

Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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Aqualung1
Luminary

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?


@BBurgDave wrote:

I'm planning to try it and, if it is not working out, I will go back to .42.  I think that it is, in general, better to have the latest firmware on a device like this, but, it has to "do no harm", of course.


 


Thanks. Please report back with your experience. Btw, can you update straight to .102, or do you have to flash .100 first?

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3s1k
Tutor

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

@d3fragg3d It wasn't to bad to reflash. I wouldn't use the Kong build because he doesn't support it anymore and that's where I'm stuck at. Working from home I can't risk reflashing to another build and risking being down.

 

Do some googling on R7000 Brainslayer build or FreshTomato. Those are more current and have regular patches.

 

https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Netgear_R7000

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jgscorpio
Guide

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

I’ve also noticed that you cannot access the router login page anymore through routerlogin.net

What’s up with that?!
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BBurgDave
Apprentice

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

@Aqualung1It is not clear from the release notes whether or not you have to flash 100 first to go to 102.  I am guessing, though, judging from the file size, that you do not since 102 is big enough to be a complete release (vs a "small patch").  That said, I will probably try 100 first and see if it works before I try 102.  102 is labeled as "beta", which, since this is Netgear SW, is truly frightening.  Presumably, it is a small change to 100, which has changes itself for the prior release (which we are discussing in this thread).  That tells me that if 100 does not work, 102 is also unlikely to work.  If 100 does work, 102 has a chance (although, again, it's beta).

Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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Rhyalus
Apprentice

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

Here is my experience so far...  I used 1.0.8.34 for years without any drops EVER.

 

I installed 1.0.11.100_10.2.100 three days ago.  The first day was not a problem, the 2nd and 3rd days I had what I would call a a crash in the late afternoon where the router seemed to reboot itselt - or at least it took a while to get internet back.

 

During the days, the speed is fine, and I am on video conferences all day long.  Aside from the signular crashes in the late afternoon, everything was rock stable.

 

I will probably do a factory reset and see if this reolves the problem.

 

I have also noticed that it takes much longer to reboot the modem compared to earlier versions.  It is really absurd that the logs do not capture issues with the modem itself - only external threats and DHCP assignments, etc.

 

R

 

 

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BBurgDave
Apprentice

Re: Has anyone installed 1.0.9.88_10.2.88 on their R7000 yet?

I have installed v100 (I was running v42) - I will report back when I reach some conclusions about it.  I will not try the hotfix until I am done testing v100. 

 

@Rhyalus I always do a Factory Reset before I install new firmware and after - I read somewhere that this is the best practice for upgrading Netgear firmware without issues (and I have had issues when I did not do that).

Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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