R7000 Firmware Updated to 1.05.48, New Features Added

The NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000 has been a leading force in the high-performance, open source capable router scene for a while now -- and it just got even better, The release of firmware version 1.05.48 from NETGEAR, for those who are using the original firmware, takes advantage of the Nighthawk specific hardware to deliver on some pretty cool functionality. Check out the details below.

Features Added to the R7000 in 1.05.48:

1 New Feature – Supports Smart Connect. Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest 2.4 or 5 GHz WiFi band for each device on your network. (http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29834 )
2 New Feature – Supports the Kwilt iOS photo manager app, which can be used to view and share photos stored on the USB drive connected to the R7000, as well as from other sources like DropBox, OneDrive, Facebook etc. (http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29835 )
3 New Feature – Supports NETGEAR Downloader (Beta). NETGEAR Downloader allows you to directly download files from the Internet to a USB drive connected to the router.

(http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/26250 )

4 New Feature – Supports the OpenVPN mobile client (iOS and Android) app, which gives you easy and secure remote access to your home network.

(Android: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29783

iOS: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29826 )

5 New Feature – Sends log reports via SSL email. Allows email notification to be set up on your Nighthawk router.


6 New Feature – Supports WiFi Transmit Power Control. WiFi Transmit Power Control reduces WiFi power to just cover your home network and reduces WiFi interference in the neighborhood.

Other Enhancements

1 [New] Supports IGMP proxy for British Telecom.
2 [Enhancement] Improves port forwarding by allowing fixed and range ports to be added to one rule.
3 [Enhancement] Improves the QoS GUI.
4 [Enhancement] Supports IP-MAC binding for the PR region.
5 [Enhancement] Supports Super WiFi for the PR region.
6 [Enhancement] Supports DNS 3322 for the PR region.
7 [Enhancement] Supports Russian WAN installation and IPTV port support


No. Description
1 Enhance ReadyShare security.
2 Fix the issue in which the web GUI is missing the Genie app download page when accessing the web GUI from the Windows 10 Edge browser
3 Supports iTunes 12.1                                                     




replabrobin's picture
I updated and although things

I updated and although things seemed fine it seems I lost all my open ports etc etc. Seems the change to the port forwarding requires re-entry. After re-entry of my open ports (which were all singletons) things work again as I intend.

gman68's picture
WiFi speed keeps dropping

WiFi speed keeps dropping from 450Mbps to 14Mbps!

I go back to DD-WRT firmware.

Daniel Petersson
Daniel Petersson's picture
Switched from a long line of

Switched from a long line of Asus routers to the R7000 just a week back.

Used to run Merlin on Asus so was spoiled with that really nice GUI.

Upgraded to this version of the Netgear firmware and remain surprised at the crap GUI, both the browser interface and Genie looks awful, has weird logic and are very slow to work with.

Also, retrieving my shared USB drives from KODI using SMB took a bit of guesswork but randomly just started working and has been working flawlessly ever since.
(I suspect it took renaming the share for it to hook up with the network.) Couldn't find any good info googling about it so hopefully this KODI SMB SAMBA R7000 NIGHTHAWK could help somebody out there. Just keep trying, the shares ARE SMB.

All in all - the R7000  has great range and speed, just as expected from reading comparison charts on Smallnetbuilder, performing really well. 

This firmware contains anything needed from my pow, just looks and feels like crap. Huge mismatch for a router that is so more esthetically pleasing than anything Asus ever produced. Baha.

marti2nez's picture



Where do i get this update. For some reason i cannot find any later update than Firmware Version 

V1.0.4.30_1.1.67. Any help apprecciated.

BigShowJoe's picture
Can someone elaborate on the

Can someone elaborate on the MAC Binding support?  I have flashed 1.05.48 but I see no options for IP/MAC Binding.

kmand's picture
I would like to monitor data

I would like to monitor data usage by IP src/dest. I see old posts about of adding an ntop module to the router. Is this or something similar still available?