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R7960P firmware not upgrading

Wws1
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Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

I am returning mine; <br>Costco return policy( you should be ok on router; I am returning mine and exchanging for different brand. <br><br><br>What is Costco's return policy?<br> Risk-Free 100% Satisfaction Guarantee<br><br>On Membership: We will cancel and refund your membership fee at any time if you are dissatisfied.<br><br>On Merchandise: We guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell, and will refund your purchase price*, with the following exceptions:<br><br>Electronics: Costco will accept returns within 90 days (from the date the member received the merchandise) for Televisions, Tuner-Free Displays, Projectors, Major Appliances (refrigerators above 10 cu. ft., freezers, ranges, cooktops, over-the-range microwaves, dishwashers, washers and dryers), Computers, Touchscreen Tablets, Smart Watches, Cameras, Aerial Cameras (drones), Camcorders, s and Cellular Phones (return details will vary by carrier service contract).<br>
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Juice_22
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I noticed the Netgear support De-escalated my case to L2. I opened the case 3 weeks ago and they have been quiet in regards to providing any type of resolution. It’s been 2 weeks since support has responded to me. It’s very disappointing at how little help they have provided.
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jones2020
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Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

i'm going to do the same.  i bought mine at costco less than a year ago.  i can't have unreliable route.  my alarm system depends on it.  sadly, i understand maybe not being able to figure things out by netgear, but i think most of us would understand given the virus circumstances.  people simply appreciate an update and transparency. 

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Jeff-
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Same here.  Some of the replies were just unprofessional.  I am asking if they are aware of it and if I can return it.

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Zero_c00l
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Funny that Ihave recieved this email from Netgear and the firmware update bug still exsists and users are not able to update their firmware!!!

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@DarrenM , any updates after your escalation?

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Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

Well glad I found this thread. Mine won't update the firmware but it does show the GUI updated. 

 

Hardware VersionR7960P
 
Firmware VersionV1.4.1.44_1.3.5
 
GUI Language VersionV1.4.1.50_2.1.46.1

 

It asks if I want 1.4.1.50_1.3.10

 

I wonder if they will fix it ever?  

 

Just an fyi I got that same email. 

Model: R7900|Nighthawk X6 AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi Router
Message 56 of 271
IdahoScott
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I just checked when version 1.4.1.50.1.3.10 was last updated.

 

Last Updated:03/20/2020 | Article ID: 000061779

 

At this point, there are only a couple of logical conclusions that one can draw from Netgear's lack of response:

  1. There is a language barrier involved.  The Netgear support staff does not speak English, and accordingly, does not understand that their customers are having this problem.
  2. Netgear does not have adequate QA and test procedures.   This problem is so basic, it's apparent that Netgear never tested this change outside the lab where it was developed, other than on the equipment with which it was developed.
  3. Netgear's marketing guys (i.e. who sent the emails to customers) have never heard of, talked to, or seen, a support developer or technician.
  4. The off-shore (outside USA) owner of Netgear could give a flying leap about service and support, once they'd made the sale.

I've already posted that I'm an IT professional.  I'm not a network pro, but I know servers, clients, networks, switches, and routers pretty well, and have been using Netgear equipment both personally and professionally for 20 or 25 years.   I went from understanding and sympathizing with Netgear's staff (hey, who hasn't rolled out a buggy release; it happens), to being irritated, to being pretty darn angry.   When Netgear is sending me email about an update I didn't apply, it means (1) they have my email, and know what equipment I am running, (2) they know from their distribution software which routers have applied their updates, and which have not, and (3) they think that this customer is too stupid to keep their router updated.  However, they don't seem to know or care, that I CAN'T apply their latest firmware update rollout, because of NETGEAR'S own incompetence.

 

I just bought this router and can't return it.  At this point, I'm done with Netgear.  I can cite other tech companies which dissolved into putty once they off-shored their operations, and that I will no longer buy from, personally or professionally.   I'm adding Netgear to that list.

 

I'll never buy Netgear equipment again, nor recommend Netgear products.

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Toki73
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I have been fighting for the past 2 months to get this thing to update. It says it updated but shows the old firmware. I go to open a support case and it says the support is expired. I have owned this router since the end of October last year. I am half convinced this is a used device as I would hope I get more then a couple of months of support
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IdahoScott
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@Toki73 wrote:
I have been fighting for the past 2 months to get this thing to update. It says it updated but shows the old firmware. I go to open a support case and it says the support is expired. I have owned this router since the end of October last year. I am half convinced this is a used device as I would hope I get more then a couple of months of support

LOL, I bought mine in late January, and it was covered under support when this first occurred, and I think COSTCO has a 90 day return policy on electronics.  However, I expected to be a minor "nit" that Netgear would quickly remedy.   I was naive - I was a 25+ year customer.  I had no clue the company had changed hands, and that both quality control and customer support had fell off a cliff.   I definitely wish I had returned this router back in early March, and picked up .... ANYTHING else.   

 

I don't panic when new firmware releases come out, because they are routine.   Just as when I'm installing and testing Oracle software, I let new releases "age" a bit, before installing, so this issue didn't alarm me.   However, now that there are a slew of PUBLISHED security holes in this router's firmware, the hackers have all the knowledge they need to penetrate our networks, and we have no defense whatsoever.  It's gone from a "nit" to a major F***KING issue, at this point.  

 

Make sure that EVERY device on your network, including cell phones, tablets, printers, etc., has some sort of updated virus protection and a firewall up.   The best firewall is device related, i.e. at the switch to the head of your network, which would be your router.  It is now unreliable, if and until, Netgear chooses to fix the vulnerabilities, and release firmware that we can actually apply to our routers.

 

It's at the point where it may be better to sell off this Netgear router on Craigslist, and buy a new one from another manufacturer.  I haven't bought one from any other company since Linksys was king of the hill.  Time to educate myself, and find a new vendor. 

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The_Smurph
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Just as a heads up, I do believe Costcos returns on electronics is for large appliances and your router is not considered that. I think someone posted the return policy in this thread on page 2 and it lays out exactly what "cannot" be returned and a router is not listed. Just Google "Costco Return Policy" and it will pop up. You can return this product as it is not listed in the 90 day return policy items at all.
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Carrezee
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I would recommend we write to Costco and inform them of the lack of responsiveness by Netgear. Costco takes customer service very seriously, thats why we are members. Maybe writing to them will help us to get them to accept the router as a return, citing the security flaw that we can't get fixed.

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IdahoScott
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@The_Smurph wrote:
Just as a heads up, I do believe Costcos returns on electronics is for large appliances and your router is not considered that. I think someone posted the return policy in this thread on page 2 and it lays out exactly what "cannot" be returned and a router is not listed. Just Google "Costco Return Policy" and it will pop up. You can return this product as it is not listed in the 90 day return policy items at all.

Good point.  I just checked with Costco, and indeed, these units do fall under their normal return policy (whatever it is, not sure, it's over 90 days).    FYI, the reference for the Costco Chat is:  200511-015971.  So, my unit's going back this week.  

 

I really expected Netgear to address this and fix it within days of the original release.  They haven't bothered to even post a notice.  Unbelievable negligence from Netgear's product manager, and support team.

 

Edit:   Just wanted to add, there were some good reasons that I originally bought Netgear routers years (decades!) ago, good reasons I bought what I now am returning, and my PREFERRED router replacement is yet another Netgear.   However, this security update situation has become, two months later, a critical path item for me, i.e. a non-starter, as far as keeping Netgear equipment on any networks I support.

 

Netgear has really, really worked hard to lose my business.   I hope that someone in Corporate still gives a darn about the business enough to forward this thread to the responsible VP or their CEO.

Message 62 of 271
Juice_22
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That's good to know they can be returned. 

I will give Netgear credit on trying to fix this. I was messaged by them last week and they asked that I reset the router and install the firmware for another model (R8000P). After the install they asked that I re-load the latest firmware. I went through the steps, but the firmware didn't load. On a positive note the GUI did revert back. But I still have issues with the WiFi.  

the CSR did state that they were waiting on a FedEx to deliver a test unit to their team. It was a little strange that they didn't have one on hand but at least I know they are trying, albeit slowly.  

but I might see if I can buy a different brand router and return this one. It's taken a lot longer and these drop outs are happening more frequently now. 

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Zero_c00l
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I was looking at the new Netgear at Costco and it's funny how they have 24/7 tech support for Costco members. Anyone has tried this number?

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Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

Costco Concierge will make attempts to help and then ultimately make a 3way call to listen in on Netgears CS responses. I just got off the phone with Netgear CS. NCS states it's not a hardware issue, even though I reset it to factory settings and tried to update the firmware thru the web portal, the netgear app, and via TFTP. The CS stated that because the router can access the internet it is not a hardware problem it could have been a setting I inadvertantly changed. Since it's time to refresh my buildings network infrastructure I guess I'm going to be looking elsewhere for my needs.
Model: R7900P|Nighthawk X6S AC3000 Tri Band WiFi Router
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Wws1
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As of this weekend my app updated and ran the software/firmware update. I am not getting the new firmware notifications as of now.
Model: R7900P|Nighthawk X6S AC3000 Tri Band WiFi Router
Message 66 of 271

Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

Hasn't worked for me to upgrade.  I have a case opened with Netgear.  Haven't heard they found a solution yet.  Interesting post on the Costco concierge.  So I guess they didn't take it back? There seem to be quite a few of us.  

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Juice_22
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My case has been open since late March. The last contact I had from Netgear support was 2 weeks ago. I followed through with his request to update with a different models firmware. That didn't work. Since I have purchased another router from a different brand. so far its been more stable. I don't know if this brand is better or not. My wireless speeds are faster with it, but not as consistant as they were with the Netgear. If I don't hear anything in the next 2 weeks I will try to return this router to Costco and stick with this new brand. It's my first time switching away from Netgear in 15 years, but thier firmware issues have caused me nothing but headaches on my last 2 routers from Netgear. It's time I move on. 

Message 68 of 271
Wws1
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Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

Well; I was mistaken. Thought firmware issue was taken care of but NOT; right back to square 1, firmware will not update. And the app is considerably slower now running the firmware update process
Model: R7900|Nighthawk X6 AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi Router
Message 69 of 271
preed1
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I called in, explained it was a known issue, etc. and was FORCED to go through ALL the troubleshooting steps before being elevated to the next level which required a call back as I was not able to wait having been put through ALL the steps. When they called back they put me on hold for 30 minutes whilst they contacted higher level support. After being on hold they informed me that it was a software problem and replacing the router would be of no use. They also informed me that I would be notified via email when a fix was available. I ask if they had an idea when one would be available and got the previous response (you'll be notified when one is available).

 

So we know they know have a problem and we know they have no idea when it will be fixed (if ever). The best action is to inform COSTCO. It may not solve our issue, but they will stop selling Netgear products based on member feedback. Maybe they (Netgear) doesn't care about Costco sales, but they may care about public and enterprise response as to why they were dropped.

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Tiki-Vik
Tutor

Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

For 3 months now I’ve been trying to update the firmware for my Nighthawk R7960P from “V1.4.1.44_1.3.5” to the latest “V1.4.1.50_1.3.10”.
I’ve tried letting it use the “auto update”, I’ve done a “manual firmware update”, I’ve tired doing it from the app, every different method I’ve done has the same outcome of results. It shows it’s “downloading and updating firmware” then after it reboots it’s still on “V1.4.1.44_1.3.5“. I thought maybe I should power it off then back on, still will not update to the latest version. I am at a total loss.
Model: R7900|Nighthawk X6 AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi Router
Message 71 of 271
preed1
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Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

Tiki-Vik,

You'll need to chill out. It's a known problem which Netgear has not fixed. Don't waste any more time trying to update the firmware.  And there is no timeline for a fix so don't get your hopes up.

 

If you bought your router at Costco be sure to send an email to Costco informing them of the lack of support for your product.

Message 72 of 271

Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

Costco will take it back. When they process a return they ask why it's being returned (to find out if the people buying are satisfied) let them know the firmware will not upgrade or downgrade. AFAIK higher ups see the % of quality concern vs other returns.
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Wws1
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Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

Done with netgear. Ordered different router online with Costco last night. Taking my netgear back; done with them.
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Tiki-Vik
Tutor

Re: R7960P firmware not upgrading

I bought it in December 2019. I don’t have the receipt or the package it came in
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