The firmware of the router must be updated as soon as possible. Netgear releases firmware updates regularly so that the users can stay up to date with the latest media devices. This way, the user doesn’t have to go around buying new routers every time they wish to buy a new media device. The firmware update also makes sure that the security on the router is kept up to date as well. All the sensitive information of the user passes through the router such as the banking information when they buy something online, their emails and passwords, their private information and a lot more. The new firmware also fixes any bugs or previously faced issues with the router. It might even add some new features to the router as well as provide enhanced speed boosts.
Here are the steps to update the firmware manually:
- Download the latest firmware for your Netgear router from the NETGEAR Download Center and save it to the desired location on your computer.
- Now, open any internet browser of your choice on the same computer and type www.routerlogin.net in the address bar. Press enter.
- You will be prompted to enter the default information of the router. The default username is “admin” and the default password is “password” for most of the Netgear routers. The username and password are both case sensitive.
- Click the ADVANCED tab. Now, click on Administration.
- Click the Firmware Update or Router Update option. The option may vary for different router models.
- Click Browse or Choose File option.
- Locate the previously downloaded file and click Open. Click on Update to begin the firmware update process.
How to update the firmware using the Check button:
- Launch an internet browser on the device that is connected to your Netgear router via an Ethernet cable.
- Type www.routerlogin.net in the address bar and press enter.
- You will be prompted to enter the default information regarding the router. The default username is “admin” and the default password is “password” for most of the Netgear routers. The username and password are both case sensitive. If the user cannot gain access to the router, then there is a chance that the user might have changed the default settings previously. In that case, the user can try logging in using any other previously set passwords. If all else fails, the router will have to be reset in order to reset the router back to its factory default settings.
- Click on ADVANCED. Then click on Administration.
- You will see either the Firmware Update or Router Update option. The option may vary for different router models.
- Click Check. The router will look whether it has any new firmware available. If any update is available, it will ask you if you wish to download and install it.
- Click Yes to begin downloading and installing the update.
The router will then begin the update process.
Warning: It is advised that the update process isn’t interrupted as that can damage the router’s firmware and might even render the router useless.
Once the firmware has been updated, the user can start using their router as they please.