I have been looking for a router that can run AsusWRT-Merlin firmware that is not an Asus RT-AC68x. Reason, I had a T-Mobile CellSpot that I flashed to stock and loved that I could set the router as the Master Browser on my network. It made file-sharing among my Windows machines so much smoother. Anyway, I liked the RT-AC68U but I hate the upright form factor. I recently discovered that the R7000 could be flashed to XWRT Vortex firmware and that has kept my eye open for a deal. Found the NetGear AC1900 Nighthawk at Costco for $150. I jumped all over it and didn't notice until I got home that it said "R6900" on the box. WTF? Anyway, I took a quick shot at flashing the firmware using: http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/asuswrt-merlin-on-netgear-r7000.71108/ It didn't work. Before I take this back to CostCo, is it even possible to get XWRT onto this router? Has anyone actually done it? Are there any other significant differences between the R7000 and the R6900 other than 1 less USB port? Right now I am just leaning towards returning it and getting a Linksys EA6900 for about the same money.