How To Check and Update Your Router's Firmware.

Update Router's Firmware.

Like many devices, routers receive regular firmware updates. A firmware update offers many new features and security improvements. A router firmware update is not like any computer software update which can be performed in one click. It is not easy, you have to go through step by step process to update the router firmware.  

However, if you realize you’re not running the latest firmware, you shouldn’t necessarily rush to install it. First, see if the firmware is available from your router manufacturer’s website, then check whether it provides anything you actually want. If you want a better internet speed, you can change your default DNS server.

When You Should Upgrade the Router’s Firmware.

Improvements to security and new features, you think you’ll use are good reasons to upgrade. For example, a firmware update earlier last year for TP-Link’s Archer C7 made it works with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to control the router using your voice.

But if the firmware simply fixes a few bugs (and you’re not experiencing any problems), it might be best to stick with the version you’re using. Most firmware upgrades won’t cause you any problems, but if the update is interrupted (for example, by the power cable gets pulled out), it could render your router irreparable.

If your router was provided by your ISP, there’s a good chance you don’t actually be able to update the firmware yourself. Instead, it will be updated automatically by your ISP as and when it becomes available. 


Steps to Upgrade Your Router’s Firmware.

Here, I am going to explain the basic steps for upgrading the router’s firmware. You may have a different router model but still, the process is almost similar for router’s firmware update.

If you found any problem while performing the steps, you can visit your router manufacturer’s website for a user manual containing instruction for your model firmware update.

#Step 1: At first, download the firmware file from the official manufacturer’s website.
Like for Linksys E100 router visit- Click Here.

Update Router's Firmware.

#Step 2: Log in to the router’s administrative console by opening the router’s IP address as a URL in a web browser. (example: http://192.168.1.1)

Log In Router Settings

List of default IP addresses for popular router brands.

  • Asus: 192.168.1.1
  • D-Link: 192.168.0.1 or 10.0.0.1
  • Linksys: 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1
  • NETGEAR: 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.0.227

When you reach to router’s login page, enter your username and password. By default, it is “admin” for username and “admin” for the password, if you hadn’t change it before. 


#Step 3: Move to the firmware section in the router’s settings. Usually, this option is available in Advanced or Management parts of the settings, as different router have different settings.  

Upload Firmware File to Router.

#Step 4: Upload the firmware file to the router that you have downloaded in step 1. This is simple, you just have to follow the steps shown in the window for your router.

If you find any difficulty, go through the user manual from the official websites for your router.

#Step 5: After uploading the firmware file, Reboot the router. It may happen automatically when the firmware has been fully applied. You are done!

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