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post #601 of 626
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Originally Posted by nhoover View Post

I upgraded my Asus AC66U for the R7000 a few weeks ago and really like it. One problem I noticed today is with my Chromecast. I am using it on a 2.4Ghz network and it will not connect if I have the mode setting on 600 mbps but it works fine on the 289 mbps setting. Anyone else noticed this? I filed a bug with Google. I am running with ip6v disabled.

I also upgraded from an AC66U and I use my two chromecasts with my R7000 set to 600mpbs. I didn't have a problem connecting but I didn't seem to get the faster speeds until I turned WMM QoS.
BTW. My AC66U makes for a nice bridge with the R7000 with speeds of 1300mpbs
post #602 of 626
Well Netgear is having me RMA the router for a second time. I didn't want to pay shipping again so I did some whining and they are going to cross ship it for me at no charge (which used to be standard on any company worth their salt). I sure hope the next one works properly. One thing I have noticed with mine is that my Galaxy S4 doesn't like to connect at 5ghz, it drops out a lot if I do that, so I have to use 2.4ghz.

I upgraded from a dlink DIR-655 and even gigabit transfers are faster. My NAS goes almost twice as fast over gigabit. The thing is definitely a beast.
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Originally Posted by cartbaby 
i see that the nighthawk is listed for dd-wrt firmwares. Good to know it works well.
Listed where? Not in the router database. I know they have a beta in the forum, but until it's officially listed, I'm not going to flash mine.
Edited by osterac - 3/29/14 at 3:51pm
post #603 of 626

Hi,

Kong's dd-wrt has new radio drivers, works well. Latest stock beta f/w also didn't give me any trouble for what I am doing with

R7000. Mostly I real time HD stream to HT system and no problem or I have a Synology NAS connected to the router. At the moment

I am on dd-wrt.

post #604 of 626

I've been using this router for a few weeks without any major issues, but just recently my laptop has been having a problem. It connects wirelessly just fine, and Windows 7 reports "Internet connected" but I can't actually access the internet on the laptop. The computer connects to other wireless networks just fine, and other devices are able to access the internet through the router (a wired computer and a wirelessly connected adroid phone). Thoughts/suggestions?

 

TIA,

-cd 

post #605 of 626
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Originally Posted by canydavid View Post

I've been using this router for a few weeks without any major issues, but just recently my laptop has been having a problem. It connects wirelessly just fine, and Windows 7 reports "Internet connected" but I can't actually access the internet on the laptop. The computer connects to other wireless networks just fine, and other devices are able to access the internet through the router (a wired computer and a wirelessly connected adroid phone). Thoughts/suggestions?

TIA,
-cd 
Maybe try a new wireless driver for the card? Also, have you reset the adapter? Maybe disabling and re-enabling will fix. I have had this happen before. One other thing I would try is deleting the wireless network and re-adding it to your laptop.
post #606 of 626
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Originally Posted by rwheelwright View Post


Maybe try a new wireless driver for the card? Also, have you reset the adapter? Maybe disabling and re-enabling will fix. I have had this happen before. One other thing I would try is deleting the wireless network and re-adding it to your laptop.

Thanks, but the laptop in question connects to other networks just fine. It seems to be linked to parental controls. (I have Netgear/OpenDNS's live parental controls configured, with a bypass account on the aforementioned laptop, desktop and android. Same bypass account works fine on desktop and android (and used to work on the laptop). If I disable parental controls (from the desktop/android only, since I can't even access parental controls via the laptop anymore), the laptop is able to access the internet properly. Once controls are turned back on, even with the bypass account configured on the laptop, internet access dies. I tried uninstalling/reinstalling genie on the laptop, but it didn't make a difference. I also tried a new bypass account on the laptop which also made no difference.

post #607 of 626
I am not sure if its my Netgear or what. But my old linksys died and we also have a belkin in the house setup as a hotspot. I replaced the linksys with a R7000 and it seems when streaming video I get random buffering every 10mins or so. That never happened before. The linksys was 6 years old and until it just stopped turning on it worked fine and we didnt have the buffer issue. Any ideas? Should I maybe go to factory restart and then load my configuration file again? Anything I can do to check if its the belkin or my R7000?
post #608 of 626

Hi,

Are you using QOS? Just enabled it or did you set it up for your needs?

Or just turn off QOS and see what happens. Believe me my wife streams HD

video every night connected on 5GHz radio she never complains about

any thing. I am using QOS but setting it up took almost 3 days to take care of

all users. Simply just disabling it is better choice some times. Remember QOS

draws from router resources like cpu time and memory space.

post #609 of 626
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Originally Posted by AntonH View Post

Hi,
Are you using QOS? Just enabled it or did you set it up for your needs?
Or just turn off QOS and see what happens. Believe me my wife streams HD
video every night connected on 5GHz radio she never complains about
any thing. I am using QOS but setting it up took almost 3 days to take care of
all users. Simply just disabling it is better choice some times. Remember QOS
draws from router resources like cpu time and memory space.
No QoS. I did a factory restore and setup the few things I changed. I will see what happens over the next week. If all is well I will keep it. If not I may exchange it.
post #610 of 626
My R7000 crashed tonight ... or at least I think it did.

Was playing an online game on my PC (connected directly to the R7000), while my wife was watching a movie on our Oppo streamed from a hard drive connected to the R7000 (through a GS108 Switch). Suddenly everything froze.

I messed around with different scenarios but the culprit seems to be a Netgear GS108 switch that I bought at the same time as the R7000. When it's plugged into the Nighthawk, the router completely stops responding. I can't even get to 192.168.1.1 for admin. Just totally dead, with the lights flashing as if they were normal.

But I unplug the Switch ... everything is working perfectly again.

Any idea why the R7000 would fail to respond when a switch is connected?



Figured it out. Was neither the R7000 or the Netgear switch. It was the OPPO 103D, which was the thing that originally froze during playback over ethernet. I never turned that device off, and as long as it was connected either direct to the R7000 or through the switch, it would completely screw up the entire network (I have no idea how). Maybe it was requesting a specific IP that was in conflict after I initially rebooted the R7000?

Kind of strange that the 103D could completely kill my entire network.
Edited by nbuubu - 3/31/14 at 1:19am
post #611 of 626
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Originally Posted by canydavid View Post
 

Thanks, but the laptop in question connects to other networks just fine. It seems to be linked to parental controls. (I have Netgear/OpenDNS's live parental controls configured, with a bypass account on the aforementioned laptop, desktop and android. Same bypass account works fine on desktop and android (and used to work on the laptop). If I disable parental controls (from the desktop/android only, since I can't even access parental controls via the laptop anymore), the laptop is able to access the internet properly. Once controls are turned back on, even with the bypass account configured on the laptop, internet access dies. I tried uninstalling/reinstalling genie on the laptop, but it didn't make a difference. I also tried a new bypass account on the laptop which also made no difference.

After hours on the phone with netgear, they're stumped (but trying to replicate it in their lab). The problem only shows up when LPC is turned on, and only when the laptop is connected wirelessly. Thoughts? Suggestions? Anyone else having problems with LPC?

post #612 of 626

Hi,

 

BobSilver said:

Quote:
"Just got word from the Product Manager that Ready Share Cloud is being replaced with a new cloud based service. He is on his way to CES this week so it may be a week before I can get a detailed converstaion with him. But there will be a cloud service available."

There is some new confirmation about it? 

Thanks!

post #613 of 626
I had quite a hard time getting answers from the tech. support team. I have been using this router for a month or two now and am still getting use to it. I am hoping by subscribing to this thread, I may get some imformation on how to set it up and secure it correctly.

Thanks
post #614 of 626
If you are up to it, you may flash DD-WRT firmware and there is a lot of support in that community.
post #615 of 626
Thanks !

I did update the firmware when I first got it. I had been running straight from the Modem to my Laptop with a long Ethernet cable. I did a speed test before and after going wireless and got the same results. My T.V. is also connected wirelessly and my up & down speed test hasn't changed. So far I'm pretty happy with the way it's working and allows my printer to work wirelessly also.

Thanks !
post #616 of 626
Will this work...???

I have my WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive connected to the USB 3.0 on the R7000. I love the Plex Media Server Interface and want that to serve as the DLNA source on my portable hard drive. It will connect to my Samsung Smart TV F6300. I want the Plex app on the Samsung TV to find my network drive (WD My Passport) connected to my R7000. Is there a way to make this happen or is this not even possible?
post #617 of 626
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Originally Posted by Corrupted Mind View Post

Will this work...???

I have my WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive connected to the USB 3.0 on the R7000. I love the Plex Media Server Interface and want that to serve as the DLNA source on my portable hard drive. It will connect to my Samsung Smart TV F6300. I want the Plex app on the Samsung TV to find my network drive (WD My Passport) connected to my R7000. Is there a way to make this happen or is this not even possible?

Well the router has it own DLNA server and will not run any plex software on your harddrive but the TV should be able to find the routers DLNA server.
post #618 of 626
Just got it, range is awesome ,speed is great
post #619 of 626

Hi there. New to the AVS Forum and complete newbie to all things to do with routers.

 

I’m looking for advice from other Nighthawk owners. I live in a two-story home that is 3,200sqft and have some dead (or very slow) WiFi sports upstairs (in master bedroom) furthest away from the router that is connected to our PC (located in our office downstairs).

 

So, I purchased one of these R7000 units yesterday to replace our Netgear N150 (WNR1000) thinking my WiFi range and download speed would increase significantly. After following the set-up guide (to include the QoS optimization)  and speed testing I was surprised to see that my download speeds were about the same between both routers (26mbps) but the upload speeds for the R7000 barely registered (.40Mbps) compared to 5.75Mbps with the WNR1000. I removed the QoS settings and eventually had matching download and upload Mbps readings between the two units (26Mbps download & 5.75Mbps upload).

 

Shouldn’t the download and upload speeds and range be much faster/larger for the Nighthawk R7000 compared to the WNR1000 or does this really depend on the Mbps provided by our ISP?

 

I didn’t notice connection/speed improvements in my dead spots with the R7000 installed (actually seemed to get worse). I did speak with Netgear support last night and it appears the installation was done correctly. If the Mbps I get will be limited by my ISP and I’m within their range (which they say I am) then it appears that upgrading to the R7000 will do nothing to improve my WiFi issues.

 

Any feedback provided would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Tim

post #620 of 626

Hi,

I live in a 2 story fully developed house little smaller than yours. From my experience placing router at top

floor gives worthwhile better coverage down to basement. At present R7000 covers wired/wireless devices

on all 3 levels without any complaints from family members. Specially wife is real time streaming HD soap opera

coming from our old home country on 5GHz. That is every evening for a few hours.(her daily unwinding time)

Really she never bugs me with signal quality. By all mean relocate the router up stairs. Even higher up at

current location and play with antennas swiveling/rotating, etc. If still not satisfactory, you may need an AP set up.

BTW, I am with latest Kong's dd-wrt with new radio driver version.(there is one for old version driver too)  My

ISP gives me 50/3 speed.

Good luck.

post #621 of 626
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Originally Posted by AntonH View Post
 

Hi,

I live in a 2 story fully developed house little smaller than yours. From my experience placing router at top

floor gives worthwhile better coverage down to basement. At present R7000 covers wired/wireless devices

on all 3 levels without any complaints from family members. Specially wife is real time streaming HD soap opera

coming from our old home country on 5GHz. That is every evening for a few hours.(her daily unwinding time)

Really she never bugs me with signal quality. By all mean relocate the router up stairs. Even higher up at

current location and play with antennas swiveling/rotating, etc. If still not satisfactory, you may need an AP set up.

BTW, I am with latest Kong's dd-wrt with new radio driver version.(there is one for old version driver too)  My

ISP gives me 50/3 speed.

Good luck.

Thanks for the feedback AntonH. I will play around with it a bit.

post #622 of 626
I never like jumping into a long thread because I don't want to interrupt the conversation, but I'm hoping that some of you who have more experience with the router can give me a little guidance.

I received my R7000 a little more than a week ago. I plugged it in, flashed to the update firmware (V1.0.3.24_1.1.20), and set up a total of 10 DHCP assignments. Other than that (and setting a new wireless password), I can't think of any changes I've made to the unit.

My problem is that many of the devices connecting wirelessly will lose their functional connection with the router, and it can be difficult in some cases to recover the connection. I use the term "functional" because the device (laptops, iPad, and iPod) will show they are still connected to the router, but they cannot connect to the internet nor see any other device on the network. When this was happening, I looked at the router's list of connected devices and it showed the MAC address of whichever device was having a problem, but there was no assigned local IP address for it.

On one laptop (running Windows 7), the best solution was to disconnect from the router, disable the wireless adapter, then re-enable it and reconnect. On another laptop, I have to cycle the power off, and sometime it works.

The drop seems to happen after a period of hours, so I'm not sure if it has anything to do with a timed renewal of the connection, then some sort of conflict in the router when it renews. Honestly, I'm grasping at straws, so I could really use some help. I need to resolve this by the end of the week, when I have the first of ten new employees coming in for the summer. For me and my wife to deal with this is one thing, but with ten more users, this will be entirely unacceptable. Please help.
post #623 of 626

Hi, Liebo

First, your current f/w is not the latest. You can even get a latest beta version from Netgear support.

Second, I am wondering which radio band you use mostly? 2.4GHz or 5GHz. Any possibility

you are getting interference from your neighbors? Program called inSSIDer 3 will show what's going on

in your neighborhood. Goal is to minimize or avoid interference, finding a quiet channel for yourself.

Third, You can try 3rd party firmware, Kong's dd-wrt. Latest version has two choices one with new radio

driver and the other with old radio driver.(Also his repository has guide for setting up WiFi connection)

 

Wireless connection is two part, radio in the router and one in the device. Some times certain device

radio(WiFi) card don't get along well. You better keep the WiFi card drivers up-to-date.  If I were you

I'd try dd-wrt to see how it works. I am between two firmware with my R7000. Some times running

V-1.0.3.49 stock beta firmware or latest dd-wrt. Either way no problems as far as WiFi connection goes.

Good luck.

post #624 of 626

 Liebo>>  ...and set up a total of 10 DHCP assignments...

 

The above is your problem.  Why did you setup a total of 10 DHCP assignments???  I know you might have 10 employees starting but with this type of setup, you are limiting yourself to 10 DHCP addresses no more no less...the 11th wireless device that connects successfully to the router will not have an IP address.  Yes, it connects to the R7000 router but your LIMITED 10 DHCP addresses are all used up and the IP address lease has NOT been renewed/released yet.

 

I had a friend who for some strange reason liked to setup only 5 DHCP addresses...well, with the number of CONCURRENT wireless devices connecting and friends like me come over to his house and use his wireless connections, we found that yes I was able to connect to the router fine but I did not get an IP address assigned because all the 5 DHCP addresses have already been "dished out" and no more new ones are available.

 

My suggestion is remove the 10 DHCP addresses limitation and set it higher, 50 or more.

 

Jon.

post #625 of 626
jonau99: Sorry, I may have misspoken. I have set up ten assigned IP addresses for specific devices only. These include things like our file server, AppleTV, several VOIP phone, etc. For any other devices that join the network, there is a range of 50 IP addresses available for the router to assign. So the trouble isn't that there aren't available IP addresses for the various devices. My apologies for the miscommunication.

AntonH: Thanks for advice. I downloaded inSSIDer and based on a suggestion, changed the channel for the 2.4 GHz band. I don't see how the channel in and of itself would cause the problem we have been having, but we'll see if that helps, and besides, the new channel should improve general performance. I have considered DD-WRT, but I wanted to give stock a chance. I will also look at updating the firmware.
post #626 of 626
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Originally Posted by bobsilver View Post

Your issue is that the wireless client in the WD isn't fast enough to pass a blue ray rip. this is true of all N based devices. The R7000 by itself won't fix that. A solution is to use a R7000 as the router and get an Netgear R6100 which is also an AC router ($99) and use it in bridge mode with the WD. That will give you AC. Wireless speed of about 900mbs. This is like running a wire to your WD.

I wrote a piece on AVS about using the 6100 in this manner. Check it out. http://www.avsforum.com/t/1484545/netgear-r6100-budget-ac1200-router-is-a-great-ac-extender-solution-and-bridge

Bob
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I use a R7000 with a Seagate central hub and have no issues with streaming blue ray rips. The only issue that I havewith the R7000 is the 2.4 GHz throughput. But 5g is amazing and my Xbox one is hardwired and gets 80mdbs down and 23 up.
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