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Netgear R7000

Restart script

This device with dd-wrt has caused me so much trouble I have to monitor it and reboot it when it fails. Here is a short script to do that. I have this set up in cron to run every 5 minutes. The router will not reboot unless it's been up for 10 minutes.

fping -q google.com || {
  date '+%F %T%z Router is locked up. Restarting it.' | tee -a "${HOME}/router_reboot.log"
  ssh root@192.168.1.1 'set -x ; uptime ; awk "int(\$1) < 600 { exit 1 }" /proc/uptime && reboot ;' | tee -a "${HOME}/router_reboot.log"
}

Version notes

2015-12-24 v3.0-r28598 kongac

  • Cannot edit DHCP reservations. Only can push and pop from the list, but cannot edit the added entries.

2015-12-03 v3.0-r28600M kongac

  • No observed differences from v3.0-r28598

2017-01-18 v3.0-r31160M kongac

  • General instability. Periodic lockups requiring power cycle to fix.
  • Potential weirdness playing with other wifi access points, unable to roam from this to Airport AC as I used to.

2017-03-10 v3.0-r31520M kongac

2017-03-26 v3.0-r31575M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-03-21
  • Appears to have fixed the hard lock-ups

2017-03-26 v3.0-r31780M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-03-31 via ddup --flash-latest. First attempt failed. Rebooted, and second attempt worked.
  • Never had any problems with this

2017-03-31 v3.0-r31800M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-04-01
  • 1 router lockup 3 days after installation
  • 2 router lockups on day 4

2017-04-08 v3.0-r31830M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-04-07
  • Locked up after 10 days

2017-04-16 v3.0-r31870M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-04-17
  • Router locked up after 4 days

2017-04-30 v3.0-r31920M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-05-02
  • Had periodic lockups

2017-05-11 v3.0-r31980M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-05-14
  • Experienced wifi problem, dhcp problem, and routing problems within 24 hours
  • Experienced the same problems within 12 hours after reboot
  • Uptime peak is 9 days

2017-06-03 v3.0-r32170M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-06-08
  • Sometimes wireless clients are unable to connect to the network.
  • Sometimes the router becomes inaccessable to clients even though it is still up.

2017-08-02 v3.0-r33000M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-08-05
  • Quite stable

2017-10-22 v3.0-r33575M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-10-22
  • Seeing lock-ups and wifi unavailability after 24 hours
  • Seeing more lock-ups and wifi unavailability hours after restart

2017-11-03 v3.0-r33655M kongac

  • Installed on 2017-11-04
  • WiFi instability observed within hours

2017-11-03 v3.0-r33675M kongac

  • 2017-12-25: Discovered this firmware had been installed

2018-01-03 v3.0-r34320M kongac

  • Installed on 2018-01-16
  • DD-WRT v3.0-r34320M kongac (c) 2017 NewMedia-NET GmbH
  • Release: 01/03/18
  • http://www.desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-Arm/TEST/dd-wrt.v24-K3_AC_ARM_STD.bin
  • Frequent lock-ups

2018-02-11 v3.0-r34900M kongac

  • Installed on 2018-02-16
  • DD-WRT v3.0-r34900M kongac (c) 2018 NewMedia-NET GmbH
  • Release: 02/11/18
  • Very unstable wifi

2018-02-19 v3.0-r35030M kongac

  • Installed on 2018-02-24 (?)
  • DD-WRT v3.0-r35030M kongac (c) 2018 NewMedia-NET GmbH
  • Release: 02/19/18
  • This version cannot seem to stay up for more than 12 hours without losing connectivity.

2018-04-04 v3.0-r35550M kongac

  • Installed on 2018-04-04
  • DD-WRT v3.0-r35550M kongac (03/28/18)
  • Still having stability problems, didn't make it 2h before needing a reboot.