Netgear added data collection 'feature' to NightHawk R7000 routers; disable it

Netgear makes some popular routers, but do you really want the company behind your model of router to collect data such as your IP address and MAC address? If the answer is no, then you need to disable the ‘analytics’ data collection.

Netgear’s NightHawk R7000 router, dubbed as “best-selling” and “top-rated” router on Amazon, is now collecting users’ data. Not just Wi-Fi information, but also information about connected devices, MAC address and IP. The data collection was enabled in the latest firmware update.

A Slashdot user spotted the change after Netgear updated its data collection policy. A support article – “What router analytics data is collected and how is the data being used by Netgear? – states:

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Source: NW Security 1