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Do you have NightHawk R7000 Netgear router?

Netgear released a new firmware update last week for the wireless router model NightHawk R7000. Security experts found that it included a remote data collection feature that collects router’s analytics data and sends it to the vendor (company’s server).

The new release of the firmware that issued by the company gathers the following information from the devices:

– IP address
– MAC addresses
– Serial number
– Total number of devices connected to the router
– Router’s running status
– Types of connections
– LAN/WAN status
– Wi-Fi bands and channels
– Technical details about the use and functioning of the router and the WiFi network.

Netgear said that it is collecting the data to isolate and debug common technical issues, develop router features and functionality, and improve the performance and usability of the routers.

Full Article. Netgear router firmware contains a remote data collection feature - Latest Hacking News
 

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ASUS's routers also doing the same......maybe worse

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The stock firmware that runs Asus routers is called ASUSRWRT and it has a somewhat hidden privacy issue. If you use any of the following features, it will collect and transmit data about which websites you visit to Trend Micro: Apps/traffic Analysis, Bandwidth Monitor, Network Analyzer, Network Protection (AiProtection), Parental Controls (including time scheduling), Quality-of-Service, Web History and Network Map. This is spelled out in a EULA from Trend Micro. If the software thinks a website URL is potentially fraudulent, it sends the URL to Trend. In addition, executable files or content that is identified as potential malware is also send to Trend. Finally, email messages identified as spam or malware are sent to Trend, despite the fact that they may contain sensitive data. Quoting: "The EULA also contains language holding the router's owner responsible for notifying their friends, family, and house guests who connect to the internet through the ASUS router that any network activity may be recorded and shared with Trend Micro."

Review: ASUSWRT router firmware – Ctrl blog
http://ec2-54-202-251-7.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com/tm_eula.htm
 

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In my opinion all these companies that collect data for whatever reason should clearly ask the users if they agree and specify what information is collected.
They don't do it? "No problem", they should be fined...Soon we will have no more issue like this.
If only that could be initiated it would be great for sure. ;)
 

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There is no best method or firmware It depends on whats best for u and your Router
the method I prefer is flashing using the routers own Firmware Restoration Software from the pc,
As for firmware My ASUS can run Advanced tomato and DD wrt + Asuswrt + tomato
but not Openwrt
It best to find the firmware that supports your router and your needs
like
Network management and Deep Package Inspection
Built-in OpenVPN or Bandwidth Monitoring,

I don't recommend flashing with third party software ,
I use Advanced tomato my self ,
I would think most if not all Router manufacturers collect this data now , so why use their software if one dose not need to .
 

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There is no best method or firmware It depends on whats best for u and your Router
the method I prefer is flashing using the routers own Firmware Restoration Software from the pc,
As for firmware My ASUS can run Advanced tomato and DD wrt + Asuswrt + tomato
but not Openwrt
It best to find the firmware that supports your router and your needs
like
Network management and Deep Package Inspection
Built-in OpenVPN or Bandwidth Monitoring,

I don't recommend flashing with third party software ,
I use Advanced tomato my self ,
I would think most if not all Router manufacturers collect this data now , so why use their software if one dose not need to .
My router is ASUS RT-AC5300. Which open source firmware is best for it?

BTW, you heard of PORTAL router? It seems fantastic

Portal WiFi - Home
 
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dd-wrt for the RT-AC5300
new beta is here ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2017/03-21-2017-r31722/asus-rt-ac5300/

PORTAL looks good
flash at your own risk ,, and have ASUS firmware ready to reflash encase of any issues.
BTW, can you advise how can I protect my IoT devices if I flash my ASUS RT-AC5300 with say DD-WRT?

ASUS's stock firmware has TrendMicro anti-malware protection built-in against IoT malware infection. I don't like ASUS(with TrendMicro) stock firmware for its personal data collection but it gives protection to IoT devices.
 
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With DD-WRT u have 2 choices

1 Create a different subnet for each device. this can take some time,

2 Use guest networks to secure IoT “smart” devices

this will give protection to IoT devices while keeping your own home network
safe , u can find more info here DD-WRT Forum :: Index
along with help and support from DD-WRT Guru's an expert's /developers
 
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With DD-WRT u have 2 choices

1 Create a different subnet for each device. this can take some time,

2 Use guest networks to secure IoT “smart” devices

this will give protection to IoT devices while keeping your own home network
safe , u can find more info here DD-WRT Forum :: Index
along with help and support from DD-WRT Guru's an expert's /developers
Thank you very much
 
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