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Killhippie

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    Killhippie got a reaction from Newfie in Firmware in final testing   
    All software has bugs every router, every phone, every TV every operating system. It’s impossible to have tens of thousands to millions of lines of code and not have bugs or now and then regressions. Netgear is not the only company that has issues believe me. Sonys android firmware for their TVs is buggy beyond belief and if you bought an OLED TV in 2018 you actually bought 2015 hardware which is now out of date. This is the world we live in nothing is ever perfect but each update will bring something new to the table and maybe some bugs. The longer it’s tested the better chance we have of a good and stable final release and even though I have been one of the ones complaining I am well aware after many years of beta testing firmware and hardware that patience is at the end of the day is the only thing we have, we can’t control who writes the firmware we can’t control the company that publishes it, we just see how it turns out when released.
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    Killhippie reacted to Netduma Fraser in Firmware in final testing   
    Special people don't have it, 99% of the consumers do not have this, only a few testers that have been testing with Netgear for a long time. We don't decide who tests Netgear routers, that is up to them. Once a firmware has passed all tests then it will be released. Part of the testing is endurance testing which means it must run for a certain amount of time without rebooting, turning off, disconnecting itself etc. That is just one part of the tests and that in itself takes a long time. I understand your frustration but please be patient, I imagine you'd rather a firmware that works but takes a little longer to be released than one that doesn't but is released quickly.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from crunkjuice1 in XR500 DDwrt Firmware   
    Shame Voxel does not have a XR500 and the ability to update the really old code in the XR router line up. Who pays Hundreds for a XR300 (no Hybrid VPN) XR450, XR500 or XR700 to have modules from 13 years ago or even old versions of OpenSSL which is needed for OpenVPN (and I guess DumaOS's Hybrid VPN too, as it uses hardware acceleration on the XR500, but obviously I cannot be sure) for its 256-bit OpenSSL encryption. Anyway the XR500's OpenSSL version 1.02n is from December 2017, not exactly current or really that secure. I know I go on about this stuff, but it should be current, as Voxels and Merlins firmware versions are. If people with full time jobs like Voxel can compile the firmware with new packages, why cant a huge company like Netgear do it, or their partners 😒
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    Killhippie got a reaction from e38BimmerFN in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Read Derren Brown's book 'Happy"' if you have not already. Lots about just what you were taking about, and  taking a more stoic approach to life. After all no point in getting upset about things you can't control, yes you can debate and think about them but not to the point they stress you out, or you start feeling depressed or fixated let alone angry. Life is to short to worry about lumps of metal and plastic of any kind.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Netduma Fraser in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Read Derren Brown's book 'Happy"' if you have not already. Lots about just what you were taking about, and  taking a more stoic approach to life. After all no point in getting upset about things you can't control, yes you can debate and think about them but not to the point they stress you out, or you start feeling depressed or fixated let alone angry. Life is to short to worry about lumps of metal and plastic of any kind.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from GHOST-1-EC in XR500 DDwrt Firmware   
    Because their are QoS issues reported by people, DPI false positives, port mapping in table view in DumaOS being the opposite way round to Netgears base Firmware view (Its a Netgear router so DumaOS runs on top of Netgears firmware on the XR range) devices showing online when not and vice versa plus a hotfix not in the main firmware fork for disconnects amongst other reports of issues since milestone 1.3. So no the router is not working as intended, unless broken is the intended way and I'm pretty sure Netduma and Netgear know that's not what they want and are working to fix these bugs and maybe taking longer to make sure they get squashed properly. Also there will always security issues to fix at some point and don't forget your version of UPnP/1.0 miniupnpd  is 13 years old so bang up to date! So yep its doing well... 
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Netduma Alex in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Read Derren Brown's book 'Happy"' if you have not already. Lots about just what you were taking about, and  taking a more stoic approach to life. After all no point in getting upset about things you can't control, yes you can debate and think about them but not to the point they stress you out, or you start feeling depressed or fixated let alone angry. Life is to short to worry about lumps of metal and plastic of any kind.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Locosano in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Read Derren Brown's book 'Happy"' if you have not already. Lots about just what you were taking about, and  taking a more stoic approach to life. After all no point in getting upset about things you can't control, yes you can debate and think about them but not to the point they stress you out, or you start feeling depressed or fixated let alone angry. Life is to short to worry about lumps of metal and plastic of any kind.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Newfie in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Read Derren Brown's book 'Happy"' if you have not already. Lots about just what you were taking about, and  taking a more stoic approach to life. After all no point in getting upset about things you can't control, yes you can debate and think about them but not to the point they stress you out, or you start feeling depressed or fixated let alone angry. Life is to short to worry about lumps of metal and plastic of any kind.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from ngearftard in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Read Derren Brown's book 'Happy"' if you have not already. Lots about just what you were taking about, and  taking a more stoic approach to life. After all no point in getting upset about things you can't control, yes you can debate and think about them but not to the point they stress you out, or you start feeling depressed or fixated let alone angry. Life is to short to worry about lumps of metal and plastic of any kind.
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    Killhippie reacted to e38BimmerFN in Xr500 firmware updates   
    I asked for the user to be blocked or removed and his posts removed. Looks like they did the whole thing. 😁 I think that XR500 had posted prematurely and NG didn't want that info out just yet. I see they removed my linked posts to that thread as well in some other threads I thought might have been beneficial. Presumptuous on my part. 
    Ya, there's no need for any inflammatory, hate or violence in these forums. Were here to help each other. If users are having a bad time for feeling like there not getting what they paid for and don't want to wait it out, return the unit and find something that does. Stop wasting your time and everyone elses. Move along. There more important things to be not bothered by in the world. 😒
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    Killhippie reacted to ngearftard in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Update on packet loss issues mentioned above: with tech appt. scheduled, ISP line crew manager called me (to my surprise) to let me know they were working on a local, physical issue affecting a number of customers (node maybe?), thus my appt. would be unnecessary, and that he would call me to let me know when they're done.
    Sorry to clutter up thread with what turned out to be some very off topic posts.
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    Killhippie reacted to Sunaikinti in Xr500 firmware updates   
    I agree. I started this post. It's nothing but drama. At least it got a hotfix for the xr500 and a beta for the xr700. But in the end it's just a lot of crying and needs to be deleted entirely! Thank you.
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    Killhippie reacted to Netduma Alex in Xr500 firmware updates   
    I think it's real, but it's not released. I know that firmware has been being tested recently.
    This guy called xr500 on the NETGEAR forums said that the firmware was released and that was the start of the rumour, but he seems like a pretty unreliable source...
    So was it a fluke? Was he lying? Was he a tester that just forgot he was testing? I don't know.
    But what I do know is that the update is real and is being tested.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from villejfv in Terrible Bufferbloat issues with XR500   
    I would avoid the RT-AC88U it's known for its radios failing , woefully underpowered with a dual core 1.4Ghz CPU, and 128MB Flash NAND and 512MB ram. I would buy the AX version this late in the game or the RT-AC86U, the RT-AC88U router was first reviewed in December 2015. The RT-AC86U has better Wi-Fi and a better CPU too  https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/33158-asus-rt-ac86u-dual-band-ac2900-wireless-router-reviewed?start=0
     
    https://www.snbforums.com/threads/ac68u-vs-ac3100-vs-ac86u-wifi-testing.43055/
    If you do buy it use Merlins firmware. Seriously though with AX being ratified at the end of the year buying old AC kit is unwise, just turn off the stuff you don't need in the XR500 and use it like any other router. No matter what happens you cant beat the laws of physics. On the 1st August with the update for Fortnite X patch ISP's like BT in the UK saw a 40% spike in traffic just for the patch. How do you think that effected peoples lines while gaming? I'm not defending the XR500 all the way here, but some things are beyond the capability of any router, just saying.
     Fortnite is massively popular and while playing it even with the voice chat enabled is relatively low bandwidth (should run on a 500 Kbps symmetric service if latency is stable and relatively low) the reason gamers want really fast broadband is the size of the digital download when you first download a game or the increasing frequency of large patches. Also there is of course bragging rights to having the fastest connection in a group of people, though the best players will of course value a stable low latency connection rather than just having the absolute fastest for downloads.
     Fortnite Season X appeared on 1st August and the download was around 8GB in size for MS Windows and BT has released a graph of traffic indicating that they saw a 40% spike in traffic attributed to the patch. Fortnite along with a lot of other online games will not let you play until you have patched to the latest version.


    https://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/8492-fortnite-season-x-patches-causing-spikes-in-data-use-for-broadband-services
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Newfie in Replacing an ageing BT HG612 modem   
    If its got the latest firmware it may be a bit better, but probably not much if at all, but yes you can see stats.
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    Killhippie reacted to BIG__DOG in Replacing an ageing BT HG612 modem   
    https://kitz.co.uk/adsl/fttc-cabinets.htm
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Newfie in Replacing an ageing BT HG612 modem   
    Its a Lantiq SoC in the Vigor 130 same exact chipset and revision as in the Openreach ECI modem, but a half board and they get really hot unlike the ECI modems. If you have a unlocked HG612 just grab another off ebay, you can pick brand new ones up for next to nothing and they work fine if unlocked and updated and its easy to do it yourself all the infor and updates are on kitz. Lantiq modems don't always work so well if you are on a Huawei cab, so worth checking your cab type as Lantiq modems can cause loss of throughput compared with a Broadcom chipset which Huawei cabs have.

     I'm on a ECI cab with a Lantiq chipset and picked a unused boxed ECI modem, made in 2016 with the latest firmware, both ECI and Huawei (HG612)  Openreach modems only had one update in their lives,  all for £10. A unlocked HG612 can be had for £20 lots less than £80 Vigor. The Netgear DM200 modem is much cheaper and is also Lantiq based so If you are on a ECI cab grab a Netgear modem and they run cool like the ECI Openreach models.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Zippy in Xr500 firmware updates   
    To old now and 32bit SoC's are on the way out. Im looking at replacing my Beta RAX120 with a full release version and just moving on. 64 bit Soc and AX is now the way to go.
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    Killhippie reacted to Zippy in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Ive never heard of averaging out firmware drops! That is something new to me. And yes I am not including the hot fix update because wasn't that intended for those that were getting disconnected?  The firmwares I remember are .32 and .40 If I got those correct.  I do not count firmware drops prior to my purchase. And I sure don't average out firmware drops..That in itself is bizarre to me and I have never heard that before used accept here.. My big concern is the fact we are going on to almost 8 months without anything substantial.. Again im not counting the hotfix.. I know your trying to put a good face on this but deep down I think you know better. Its been more then "a little time". And heres the thing.. It may not have been forgotten by you guys at Netduma. But you cant support a product you don't have control to support.. You can make all the DumaOS you want for the XR500 but if Netgear doesn't push things out and fix things in a much more timely manner it all means nothing.. Honestly the damage has already been done. Ive had bad experiences but this tops them by a longshot! 
    Zippy.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Zippy in Xr500 firmware updates   
    There is nothing simple about the netgear platform, it’s really complicated and there’s a lot of open source code and other proprietary code in there that runs the whole routers hardware base and some of its  main features like Wi-Fi and switching.  You seem to keep forgetting that DumaOS is almost an overlay over the actual underlying firmware that runs the router which provides the drivers et cetera.  Without netgear there is no XR500. The R7800 which is the basis for this router is being patched constantly buy a  guy called Voxel on Smallnetbuilder and if you see the amount of work that he and kamoj put in you would be really surprised I think. Basically underneath what you see is the entire code for the R7800 still, it’s  all still there including streamboost but  most of it has for want of a better term, has been switched off to allow DumaOS to run on it. The original test bed  for the XR500 was the R7800 with DumaOS on it   
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Zippy in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Netduma work hard but none of the promises for the XR500 have materialised from back in March 2018. No  new icons for device manager, no GUI fix for Hybrid VPN undefinedB' 0.0 KiB in r-apps even in the Hotfix nothing was fixed in the GUI. Netduma had enough time to fix that GUI issue, also they said that Hybrid VPN would be turned off in the next update, well that didn't happen either nor did the "yes we will add a retest your speed button" which was promised along time before milestone 1.3 was released. Both sides are guilty here to a degree I would have to say.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Zippy in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Nobody is talking about netduma lying. There has been some hollow promises from Netduma, and I repeat that one about new icons coming so not everything is labelled as the computer when it’s not. Jack came up with great ideas as to what the icons could be and over a year and a half later they never appeared. DumaOS  is kind of a Frankenstein‘s monster situation with netgears own firmware powering the hardware like the drivers for the QUALCOMM SoC and also all the GPL and openSSL  packages.  I think an issue here is netgear rarely update those packages,  for instance miniupnd is over a decade old and has just been patched in binary but still version 1.0.  OpenSSL was from December 2017 and has not been updated, so these things have a potential possibly for DumaOS to trip over as both firmware and software try to exist in the same space. 
      Also on the other hand none of the bugs since milestone 1.3 have been patched. Including the possibility of QpS not working properly, because of a mismatch in port mapping between Netgear’s 4-3-2-1-Wan in connection settings and in table view DumaOS is 1-2-3-4-Wan.  When the new table view was brought out that should not of happened. There are issues with QoS  whether this bug is just cosmetic or not no one knows or has taken responsibility for it, leaving that issue and quite a few others with no real answer. So where do current users stand with fixes and who is going to provide the push for a patch via Netgears  engineering department in Taiwan.  Well the fact it’s down to netgear kind of tells us who is responsible really because Netduma can’t push for patches if the parent company that own the hardware won’t do it   
    My other concern is the hardware is already heading towards four years old on these routers, and the parent company for these routers is moving on to AX routers. If Netgear decide to stop supporting firmware updates for the hardware these routers become dead in the water. With the new AX gear coming out I imagine Netgear are pushing everything onto those devices like the RAX120 with WPA3 and 12 WiFi streams. Power wise and signal wise it does run rings around the hardware on these devices even the XR700 and having beta tested the RAX120 it’s a great piece of kit. I’m very tempted to move onto that router at some point full time simply because I get a better signal in every room in the house and it’s set and forget with great QoS.   
     I would like to see the XR range of routers succeed but ultimately it’s not down to Netfuma it’s down to Netgear and waiting almost 8 months for a patch is ludicrous, and for Netduma not to have pushed any patches to Netgear that we know of for the issues in milestone 1.3 is also a bit of a moot point. As I’ve said before you don’t patch by upgrading  OS  from 1.3 to 1.4. You patch the smaller bugs in between to make sure you have provided users with the most stable firmware for the current milestone, until the next major update if there is one of course, as ultimately that is still down to Netgear once again .
     We know there’s going to be bugs in milestone 1.4 and will the bugs from milestone 1.3 carry over at this rate too?  I hope not but they should’ve been patched anyway in the meantime.  Also for people who bought this router why should they have to wait this long to get the thing to actually do what it’s meant to. I know the guys work really hard I’ve got no issue with them whatsoever, but I don’t think at this moment things are working well because you’ve got a multi-million pound company who don’t really say a lot but make great hardware, and I’m sure Netduma under some kind of NDA so they cant say much either.  This is not an ideal situation  as nobody is saying anything because they can’t .   
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Zippy in Xr500 firmware updates   
    I cant say much here but I hope they have polished that firmware a lot! If its beta [email protected] then updating to full turd isn't what's needed. Also Netduma promised so many tweaks like more icons for QoS, that was in March 2018 and it still never happened. Netuma have just as much blame here as Netgear. Netduma promised so much and it was all viable, then we find out it wont happen, and then later down the line features get removed (Mac filtering) and then IPv6 does not work because Netduma didn't think a global lack of IPv4 addresses would be a issue!  Same as PPPoE, oh yes that's touted as an issue on the users end but the fact its pretty much the most common connection on VDSL2 in the UK seems to have flown under Netduma's radar. All of these things should have been fully baked into DumaOS before it was ever released in my view. The hardware already supported them in the form of  R7800 which is what the XR500 is just with new body work and with 128MB more Flash NAND and that was down to Netgear. I really dislike being so negative but as the months go buy its hard to be positive.
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    Killhippie got a reaction from Zippy in Xr500 firmware updates   
    Last update from Netgear 18th December 2018 Fraser, thats taking the proverbial p*ss as I see it. Sorry I cant see the XR router range as viable at this point, especially as the R7800 (same SoC) received a beta security update last month and the XR500 has not. I find that concerning as what effect's the R7800 effects the XR500 as they are the same hardware CPU and switch wise.
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