I am having a problem with my new Netgear R7800. Please let me know if I'm asking for help correctly! I am new to this forum but have been using LEDE for a few months already. I am running it successfully on a BT Home Hub 5A and a BT Home Hub 2B but wanted something with a faster CPU.
I bought a Linksys WRT3200ACM from Maplin but found its Wi-Fi to be very weak, so I returned it and bought this Netgear R7800 on eBay:
I am pleased with its Wi-Fi and it has been running the latest version of its official firmware, V126.96.36.199, for over nine days without interruption but when I install LEDE it promptly goes into a boot loop. I'm so glad it has a TFTP recovery mode!
I have installed the LEDE 17.01.4 factory image using both TFTP and the official firmware's update function. I also tried the previous version, LEDE 17.01.3. I verified the images' hashes and signatures before I flashed them. I made sure I used TFTP in binary mode. Every time I get the same result: LEDE comes up normally and I start to configure it. At a random time in the next few minutes it will reboot itself. Once it has started it will continue to reboot until I power it off.
When I turn it back on again, it goes into a boot loop immediately, but when I reinstall the official firmware using TFTP, it works again. I tried factory-resetting LEDE and the official firmware, to no avail. Please help me solve this mystery!
I am reluctant to do anything to the R7800 that I cannot undo, since I still have the option of returning it within 30 days of getting it on the 21st of January 2018. I see that custom builds of LEDE are popular as they make more flash space available but they advise backing up the default partitions before installation. Unfortunately, I note that the first step to back up those partitions is to boot into LEDE, which obviously doesn't work.
So, is everybody using custom builds and leaving the "stable" builds for the R7800 unstable, or does mine have a hardware fault, or is there something else going on? I would be very grateful to anyone who can help. Any troubleshooting you recommend, please make it non-destructive and something that I can execute quickly, before LEDE reboots!
Mark (Baud of troubleshooting)