firmware is the software built into your router. Its firmware helps the router understand how to perform different tasks. To update it, you must flash the updated software in the router. We will tell you why and how update the firmware of the router and where to get an update.
You must update the firmware of the router each time a new update is available. This is because the latest update will have better features and may have security issues fixed in the previous version of the firmware. An updated router also helps to correct software errors of older routers.
If a problem on the router is not resolved even after a reset, it is best to update the firmware of the router.
Normally, if you download the router update from the web, a list of firmware-related enhancements will appear. You can check the listed improvements, and then decide to update the firmware of the router.
The best thing to do is to keep checking for updates at regular intervals. If there is a newer version, use it for better operation of the router. Let's see how to update the firmware of the router in the next section of this article.
How to update the firmware of the router
Some routers, such as Google and Binatone, update when an update is available. For other routers, you will need to access the router's web page to flash the firmware.
To access the router, you need an active Internet connection and a computer. Since you are going to flash the router ROM to update the firmware of the router, we suggest using an Ethernet connection to make the procedure easier, faster and safer.
If the Ethernet cable is not possible, you can use your Wi-Fi network. Just make sure that your computer and your router use the same Wi-Fi network. It is possible to run a flash in Wi-Fi, but the time required will be longer compared to Ethernet connections. It's just so that the Internet connection is not interrupted while updating the firmware of the router.
How to access the web interface of your routers
We will use the web interface to update the router. Follow these steps
- Open your Internet browser
- Type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar; it will open the router's login page; If 192.168.1.1 does not direct you to the router's login page, check your router's support manual for links such as "routerlogin.net"Etc. In some cases, the information is provided with the help of a sticker at the back or the bottom of your router.
- There are default values for the connection in all routers. You must find the user name and password to log in to the router. use the following combinations and see which one works for you:
- User name admin; Password password (characters must always be in lowercase)
- User name admin; Password admin
- User name password; Password password
- User name admin; password 1234
- User name admin; password 0000
If none of the above helps you connect, reset the router and try again. There will be a reset button on your router. It can also be in a small hole near the router's power switch.
Insert a pin to access the reset button (if there is a hole). Press the reset button for five to ten seconds for the router configuration to be configured by default. Try the above values for the user name and password after resetting the router.
Caution: Reset Router will set all default values. Continue only if you know how to configure the router.
Where to download the firmware update file
The model number of your router will be printed on the router. It can be printed directly on the body of the router or on the stickers on the back and on the bottom. Take note of it.
Assuming your Internet browser is open, go to the router manufacturer's website. For example, if it's NetGear, type https://www.netgear.com. From there, go to the Support section of the website by clicking on the appropriate menu tab. In most cases, it is simply called "SUPPORT".
In the router's support page, there must be a search bar. Type the router's model number and press Enter to receive information about your router. The same page should have a download section. Check out the latest version of the router and download it to a secure place on your computer.
- ASUS router users are going right here.
- Linksys router users are going right here.
- Users of the ARRIS router are going right here.
- NetGear router users are going right here.
- TP-Link router users are going right here.
- D-Link router users are going right here.
Flashing to update the firmware of the router
Once you have downloaded the firmware update file, go to the browser tab that contains the connection information to the router.
Look for the option labeled Upgrade, Admin or Firmware. It may have another name in the menu, but when you click it, it displays a page asking you to "BROWSE TO FILE" with a text box and a button saying "UPDATE".
Click on "BROWSE". When the dialog to open the file appears, navigate to the location where you saved the updated firmware file, select it, then click "OPEN", then the "UPGRADE" button. .
Router firmware update will take some time, depending on the type of connection between the router and your computer.
Once the update is complete, the router reboots to allow you to make the most of your network.
Read more: How to update the BIOS on a Windows 10 computer.