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NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700-100NAS AC1750 Smart Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router $99.99

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Amazon has the Netgear Nighthawk R6700 for $119.99 - $20.00 coupon = $99.99

For those who are familiar with third-party firmware but don't want to run dd-wrt for some reason or would like the extra features included on the R7000 that Netgear excluded from the R6700 along w/ regular updates (rather than the one single update since the initial launch due to a recent security issue that was only released after social media pressure and attention from the press), there is a way to convert this to an R7000 as the two are almost identical (minus the extra USB port and TurboQAM of course). Unless there is a particular reason to do so, this is probably not worth the risk and hassle for the majority of people. However, it has been beneficial to me (did not want to run dd-wrt and needed extra features which were not available on OEM) so I decided to share this info and it's been running fine ever since I got it which was on Black Friday weekend (or Cyber Monday to be exact). The thing is a 'lil beast.

This is NOT for novice users, as there IS a chance that you could brick your router. In fact, the reason why I purchased this was because I bricked my TM-AC1900, the T-Mobile ASUS router after following instructions to a T (tee? I dunno, whatever the stupid saying is). I am not liable nor responsible for anything that happens to your device, so proceed at your own risk.

Here are the instructions (thanks and shoutout to nonsence from the dd-wrt forums for this): https://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/vie...p?t=306430

After following the above, the available options for firmware are:
-dd-wrt
-AdvancedTomato
-Xwrt-Vortex (a port of Asuswrt-Merlin)
-Netgear FW (for the R7000)

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I did the same thing to my Asus/T-Mobile ac1900 this Saturday following instructions on Slickdeals lol. Will pick this up. Link?
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Still running the Costco hobbled Netgear AC1450 router that took R6300v2 firmware making it into an AC1750. Similar steps, very easy to do. I think its 2.5 years old now. Zero problems.

IIRC it was about $60 as a refurb. While hobbling the firmware netgear screwed it up and then never released a fix, so many were returned and 'refurbed' by reflashing the same bad firmware to it.

If you've flashed custom firmware on a router before, its a piece of cake. If you have to ask your kid to help you figure out how to use your iPhone, not for you.
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I did the same thing to my Asus/T-Mobile ac1900 this Saturday following instructions on Slickdeals lol. Will pick this up. Link?
​? Link for the conversion process? It's in the OP...

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Still running the Costco hobbled Netgear AC1450 router that took R6300v2 firmware making it into an AC1750. Similar steps, very easy to do. I think its 2.5 years old now. Zero problems.

IIRC it was about $60 as a refurb. While hobbling the firmware netgear screwed it up and then never released a fix, so many were returned and 'refurbed' by reflashing the same bad firmware to it.

If you've flashed custom firmware on a router before, its a piece of cake. If you have to ask your kid to help you figure out how to use your iPhone, not for you.
Ya, most of my research led me to that topic (as I was looking for a way to do this before I even bought it, and had an unopened R6400 for a couple days that I bought on Thanksgiving and had for that weekend before a better deal for the R6700 came around on Cyber Monday) and the main thread that kept coming up before that guy posted his instructions was for your router. Kinda wish I knew about that deal at the time, as I was running an old wireless N Netgear (N600/WNR3500L) for quite a few years before I bricked that ASUS from T-Mobile.

farking Netgear. I don't really even necessarily need all the extra features from a dd-wrt, but moreso just having updates or a single update for security purposes. They barely offer support including regular build releases, relying on the open source community for firmware, and then refuse to service them or honor the warranty if you admit to using one. Cheap bastards; altho they may not be much better, I hope ASUS and TP-Link take over their marketshare. The reviews on Amazon are really pitiful and quite pathetic considering Netgear used to rank at or close to the top of the consumer networking industry..

lol, the couple of sentences in your last paragraph sum it up quite nicely, and couldn't have said it better myself.
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Got this for $67 after Coupon BF at Amazon.
Wait for the clear out price on these.

Use factory FW and be happy it works.
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Got this for $67 after Coupon BF at Amazon.
Wait for the clear out price on these.

Use factory FW and be happy it works.
as did I, but im not gonna shit on everyone else's parade by posting how much better of a deal I got that happens maybe a couple times a year, for an item that is usually considered a necessity rather than an accessory. not all of us can time travel like yourself..

what "clear out price"? i don't even know what that's supposed to mean, especially the fact that this is considered to be one of, if not the top selling routers and has only been out for a lil' more than a couple of years now. not only that, but AC is a "Yuge" upgrade over N wireless and due to the limitations of frequency along w/ client support (or lack thereof), the next step for WiFi is unlikely to approach the amount of widespread adoption that AC has (and still in the process of doing), making the switch to AD a superfluous upgrade for a majority of consumers for now and possibly the foreseeable future.

so we, the owners of a still manufactured router should be thankful that the company actually released a working software for their own product (an initial build upon launch), which included features they advertise and market? gtfo here w/ that attitude. not all of us are incompetent baby boomer technophobes who are too stubborn to learn about new subjects or go outside our comfort zone.

other than tooting your own horn and sharing how much cheaper you paid for it on the biggest sale of the year (which happens once every 365 days), you contributed absolutely nothing to this thread and it seems like your motivation to post was to solely boost your own ego rather than helping others. sounds about right and typical of your generation.

off-topic, but did you also vote for trump too?
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Netgear has actually been actively updating the firmware on this lately, so stock firmware should be much better than it was. I never used the stock firmware, though. I've been running DD-WRT on it since I got it. If you don't want to go through the hassle of converting it to be an R7000, you can just flash the R6700 builds of DD-WRT. Kong has stated that the builds are exactly the same as the R7000 builds. I've been running totally stable with uptime of months at a time on build 29300M.
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Does it provide direct dps increases? /s
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I'm in with another poster on this. Bought like two weeks ago for about the same price. Good router, we'll see once I move into my new house how well it transmits over a distance. PS if anyone wants an N56U PM ME!
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I have this router AMA
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