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R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

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R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Uploaded on: 2015-12-25
File name: R8500-V1.0.2.28_1.0.42.chk
File size: 26.6 MB

 

New features or enhancements:

  1. Improves general WiFi performance and stability for both 2.4G and 5G
  2. Supports MU-MIMO (Setting in Advanced Tab > Advanced Setup > Wireless Settings)
  3. Improves OpenVPN throughput
  4. Supports Airtime Fairness (Setting in Advanced Tab > Advanced Setup > Wireless Settings)
  5. Improves 2.4G performance in environments that have interference

 

Bug fixes:

  1. Fixes the Smart Connect algorithm for better WiFi selection
  2. Fixes the IPv6 firewall issue when IPv6 is 6rd
  3. Fixes the issue in which a WiFi client can’t access the Internet if it connects to the guest network and Live Parental Control is enabled
  4. Fixes the Time Machine admin login fail issue

Please use this topic thread to provide your assessment on the New features/Enhancements and bug fixes.  

 

You can download this firmware R8500-V1.0.2.28_1.0.42.chk

 

Regards,

 

NETGEAR Team

Message 1 of 133
mondenath
Prodigy

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Its good to see beta fw for new routeres But i believe this router was having 512MB of ram and being dual core 1.4ghz cpu it can handly pretty much heavy task,

 

Let it have download manager, VPN server etc. So that router resources are well utilized.

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Message 2 of 133
grimmace
Apprentice

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

My 2.4 wi-fi would just drop out with the channel showing 0 and only a reboot would fix it. Hopefully this one will fix the problem and work better. So far so good with it after a few hours.
Message 3 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Hi Grimace,
I too have been having the 2.4 wi-fi dropout with the channel showing 0 and only a reboot would fix it. I have reported to Netgear tech and they also think beta firmware might help, which i have just installed. Keep me posted if you find out more - my direct email is johnhedberg@healthwaves.com
Message 4 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Is this version later than the beta version V1.0.2.8.9_1.0.32 Netgear Tech just sent me?
Message 5 of 133
Loudog2
Apprentice

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

I changed the original setting from auto to a set channel after my first issue.  2.4 has been ok so far since.  Knocking on wood as I say that.

Message 6 of 133
NightOwl326
Luminary

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Compare the numbers as higher is newer.

Message 7 of 133
grimmace
Apprentice

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

I had done that on the previous firmware hoping it would fix my 2.4 issues based on some information I found. So, I still have a set channel for 2.4 with this beta software, and everything has been rock solid. 2.4 has not been flakey or dropped once. I would actually say the response time of the router pages has been better compared to when the 2.4 dropped in the old version. Once the 2.4 had dropped in the old version, the router web pages also slowed down. All of that is gone and the router has been fine. So, about 2 days in all is good with this new firmware for me.

Message 8 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Unfortunately after 36 hours my 2.4Ghz band has just dropped out using the latest beta firmware V1.0.28, so i have just installed beta V1.0.8.9 recommended by Netgear tech.
Message 9 of 133
doubleroll
Apprentice

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

So far so good on my end. No 2.4 issues since I upgraded to this beta. Keeping an eye on it.

Message 10 of 133
Roadrunner79
Guide

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Is there a page withall firmware including BETA that we can choose from????

Message 11 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

There is no firmware page, but right now V1.0.2.28 lasts the longest before losing 2.4Ghz band (30 hours) at my house. All others last only a few hours from my experience so far.
Message 12 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

We have a variety of devices that work off of 2.4Ghz, and have ruled out most of them causing a problem with the 2.4Ghz Router band. However our Philips Illuminate holiday lighting system and Amazon Echo have not yet fully been ruled out.
Message 13 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

We have a variety of devices that work off of 2.4Ghz, and have ruled out most of them causing a problem with the 2.4Ghz Router band, however our Philips Illuminate holiday lighting system and Amazon Echo have not yet fully been ruled out.
Message 14 of 133
Loudog2
Apprentice

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

You can download any of the firmwares from the product support page on netgears website.  Is the QOS on your router enabled?  

Message 15 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Qos is enabled
Message 16 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

I have noticed that sometimes when i change the channel or turn on/off QOS in settings, i will also lose the 2.4Ghz band and have to restart the router. This firmware better than previous versions but still buggy.
Message 17 of 133
doubleroll
Apprentice

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Update: lost 5GHz completely last night. Reboot required to bring it back. Could not even see it. 2.4 was still working.

Message 18 of 133
grimmace
Apprentice

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Guess I'm lucky so far. After 4 days, no drops in 5 or 2.4. Although after setting it up I haven't changed any settings.
Message 19 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Yep, not fiddling with the settings after initial setup seems to help with longevity. The great thing about this router is when working it really punches out a powerful signal, otherwise I would have already returned it. Netgear has a winner if it can work out this firmware.
Message 20 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Hi Grimmace,
You are setting a record, what were your initial setting (QOS, etc)?
Message 21 of 133
grimmace
Apprentice

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Well, for QoS, I have learned a few things. I set the internet speed manually. One thing I have noticed on the QoS network speed tests, they aren't working right with HTML 5 yet. I just upgraded to Windows 10 over x-mas and decided no more flash. The HTML speed tests only show about 5MB/s upload instead of my full bandwidth, not sure why, but it was the same across 3 different HTML5 speed test sites. Only one show my actually upload speed correctly. I think the auto speed test under QoS has the same problem. I don't let the router automatically decide what speed to assign to devices (the optimization setting), I do it manually. The auto assign is not accurate enough for me. I have on 2.4 and 5 (the two 5 radios use the same SSID).

 

 

I usually have 3 5Ghz devices and 12 2.4Ghz connected as well as 10 or more hard wired devices So usually, 20-30 devices are on at once. It sits behind my FIOS router. No SSID broadcast, manual IP assignments wherever possible. No guest networks are on. The only thing really bothersome on the QoS are the fact not all of the device pictures show up like in Genie. So, my Amazon TV icons don't show correctly.

 

 

I have been using Netgear network products for a while now, and their stuff has been great for me. This router replaces two Netgear r6300s. I needed two, one as an AP, to cover my whole house. The one r8500 now covers everything with a strong signal.

Message 22 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Thanks Grimmace, please keep your timely updates coming!
Message 23 of 133
jwhedberg
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

New record, 48 hours without a 2.4Ghz drop so far. Did 2 things: 1) Hard Reset 2) Have not fiddled with any settings (like Channel changes or QOS) since initial setup.
Message 24 of 133
munchee13
Aspirant

Re: R8500 Beta FW V1.0.2.28

Been running since December 26 with no reboots. Had the 2.4GHz problem that others mentioned. Also, as someone else alluded to, this signal of this router is amazing -- I had the AC1900, and my new AppleTVs would periodically lose connection -- now, that never happens.

Message 25 of 133
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