By coincidence today, our Netgear Nighthawk router at work had a firmware update ready to install. I have it set to only update manually. Netgear has been pushing users to enable automatic updating. Not a bad idea, per se, as, unlike Apple's system that provided notification when an AirPort had an update to install, the Netgears just sit there, and there's no Ric and MacInTouch of Netgear to provide alerts.I think it is a function of Catalina itself. I simply don't remember such grief before. I want to really like Catalina, as I love the Apple Watch integration, but permissions are giving me massive grief, as is trying to get Time Machine to work normally on my Synology NAS – problems I did not have with Mojave.
So if you'd had automatic updates enabled, and they had self-applied, here are the "enhancements" Netgear sent your router:
What's stunning is this explanation for why Netgear did this:Netgear Support said:R7000 Firmware Version 22.214.171.124
Please note that starting with this firmware release (V126.96.36.199), iTunesServer, Kwilt Photosharing, Time Machine Backup, TiVo support for media sharing, and the Downloader feature (which was in beta) are no longer supported. If you want to continue using these features, do not update the firmware.
What's not mentioned is the smart parental controls and advanced cyber-threat protection are part of the cloud-based package of services called Netgear Armor that's $70 a year.Netgear Community said:
Looping back to your problem connecting Catalina to your Synology to run Time Machine, so long as your Mac connects through your router to the Synology, which supports Time Machine, the changes Netgear made by dropping direct router support for Time Machine shouldn't affect the Synology.
I recently mentioned that I've had little success connecting our Synologies at work over SAMBA (Linux adaptation of Windows SMB) or over Linux-native NFS. With both Macs and Linux on the network, AFP has worked fine. I know AFP is being deprecated and understand Apple has moved to SMB v.2, but as this Carbon Copy Cloner post states about connecting to SMB volumes, that's a work in progress:
Here's one more that's related:Carbon Copy Cloner 5 Knowledge Base said:
(Sorry if this post seems to ramble around. At least it should give a sense of the many "moving parts" in play, and that it may be your router, your NAS, or Catalina that's the source of problems. Or a mix of the three...)S Brown said:WD Discovery 3.4.89 and macOS 10.15 Catalina Support
WD Discovery version 3.4.89 does not support macOS 10.15 Catalina.
We are working to release a new version of WD Discovery that will support macOS 10.15. Unfortunately, we cannot provide an exact date as to when the version of WD Discovery that supports macOS 10.15 Catalina will be released