Originally Posted by bobsilver
Regarding the 3800 firmware that will be a surefire way to brick the 3700. It may look like it works but many things will be erratic or not function properly. The 3800 and 3700 are very close cousins but are not the same. So beware. Oh and 3700/3800 DO NOT have modems.
From what I have been reading, owners of the wndr3700v2 are having great success loading the most current 3800 firmware on there routers. I hope this is not the case that I just spent $150.00 for a router with a tad more memory and a red face plate, and owners of the 3700v2 are getting all the same features for free. There was even posts on the netgear forum asking about when the current 3800 firmware would be back up for download before the 3800 was even released. I hope netgear does something quick to stop this practice before purchaser like myself feel gigged by the system. Users are reporting all features work and the firmware is stable on their 3700v2 and are loading 18.104.22.168 per TFTP. The whole bricking thing, non-stability, and non working features is not turning out to be the case from users reports in the real world.
A post "August 5th" (prior to release date) on the Netgear forum:
"weeeeeee, thanks Team NG, wndr3800 firmware V.22.214.171.124 is live!!
flashed and rockin, i lubb my rangemax"!
A post today on Netgear forum:
"I was considering the 3800 firmware since I had read the 3700 v2 were similiar in build except for RAM and others had flashed them and they were working, but Bob over on AVS forum said it could brick them even though they seemed to be working fine., that outwardly they are similiar but inside there are some differences, so I don't know. Maybe someone will actually take a 3800 apart to compare them and find they are the same they just don't want us to know that so we don't flash them and get a 3800 essentially working in a 3700 box".
Posts on dd-wrt forum:
"thanks to team NG, the latest firmware for the wndr3800 is now live on the support page (finally) so go get your V.126.96.36.199 and enjoy the new features,, oops i tftp it to my 3700v2, walla, its now a premium router,,. thanks"
"clear channel is working just fine, and usb printer on readyshare works too,
so i guess the netgear av consultant was wrong, or is he just hoping we buy 3800's for the pretty new color plastic,,, this upgrade works very well for my 3700v2, i say go for it, upgrade to 3800, imo, you will like it"
"it did work fine for me and my router is running stable,.
a friend of mine flashed his 3700 intitially with the v188.8.131.52 wndr3800 fw from the NG FTP, then he was able to use the fw web interface to upgrade to v184.108.40.206, so it not only shows its a 3800 now, it acts like one too"!
In other words Bob: I hope you get the word of this practice back to Netgear. At least Netgear should find a way to stop non purchasers from using the cloud service on high jacked firmware, then I could sleep at night! Hope I did not pay $150.00 for nothing, and could have got an upgrade to a premium router for free. Maybe they should yank the firmware for download sooner rather than later until they figure out how to protect us who purchased the product legitimately and in good faith....