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Nighthawk R7000 soft brick during firmware upgrade 1.0.9.60 => 1.0.9.64_10.2.64

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Nighthawk R7000 soft brick during firmware upgrade 1.0.9.60 => 1.0.9.64_10.2.64

I have a Nighthawk R7000 currently on firmware version 1.0.9.60. When I was logged in to my admin panel tonight I saw that there was a firmware upgrade to 1.0.9.64_10.2.64, so I attempted to upgrade through the router admin panel. The update got stuck on the updating screen where it says to wait for 2 minutes. I waited 10-15 minutes and eventually the whole thing timed out and the router was no longer working.
 
Tried turning it off and on. Was met with the power led flashing white every second after being amber/red for 20 seconds. Online research told me was a soft brick.
 
I ended up having to manually re-download and flash my prior firmware (1.0.9.60) using the guide here (https://kb.netgear.com/000059634/How-to-upload-firmware-to-a-NETGEAR-router-using-Windows-TFTP) and now the router is working again. 
 
Not going to try and re-upgrade tonight, but just thought I'd let you know that the current upgrade process might have a problem.
Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router
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Re: Nighthawk R7000 soft brick during firmware upgrade 1.0.9.60 => 1.0.9.64_10.2.64

> [...] I attempted to upgrade through the router admin panel. [...]

 

   Ambiguous.  You might try manually fetching the firmware kit,
unpacking its contents, and using the "Locate and select the upgrade
file on your hard disk" method, as opposed to asking the router to do
the whole job on its own (which seems to be getting less reliable as
time goes by).

 

   Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your model number, and look
for Downloads.  (For older versions, under Firmware and Software
Downloads, look for "View Previous Versions".)  Find the kit(s).
Download the kit(s) you want.  Read the "Release Notes" file for
instructions.

 

> I ended up having to manually re-download and flash my prior firmware
> (1.0.9.60) using the guide here [...]

 

   You could also have installed the newer firmware that way, but I'd
try an easier method (or two) before resorting to the TFTP recovery
scheme.

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