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    How to update the router firmware [FULL GUIDE]

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    In this article we will talk about how to update the router firmware. Almost every hardware device has software built into the device itself. This software checks how your device behaves and allows you to configure it. New firmware versions often bring new features and security fixes, so it's important to keep the firmware up to date.


    How can I update my router firmware on Windows 10? The quickest way is to automatically update it. Some of the newer routers have the Automatically Update Firmware option. If not, download the latest firmware from the router manufacturer's official website, unzip it, and then proceed with the update from the router settings.



    To find out how, read the guide below for update the router firmware.

    How to update router firmware by manufacturer

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    Access and update of a router in general

    Before you can update the router firmware, you need to log into the router. To do this, you need to enter a specific address in your browser. You can find this address manually by following these steps:


    1. Press the Windows key + X to open Win + X Menu. Select Network Connections from the menu.
    2. The Network and Internet window will now appear. Under your connection, click on Change connection properties.
    3. Then scroll all the way down and you will see the section Property.
    4. Individual the IPv4 DNS server and stores the IP address.

    After obtaining the IP address of the router, you can use it to log into the router and update the firmware. To update the router firmware, do the following:



    1. Connect to your router using the Ethernet cable. This step is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended to establish a stable connection with the router to avoid causing damage during the update process.
    2. Open your web browser.
    3. In the address bar enter the IP address of the router.
    4. You will now be asked to enter a username and password. You can find the login information in the router manual. You can also find the login information for your router online from third-party sources.
    5. One you log in, you need to locate the Firmware or Router Upgrade option. You can usually find this option in the Administration, Utilities or Maintenance section. Note that the location of this option may vary depending on the router model.
    6. Once you locate this section, you should see the current version of your firmware and its release date.
    7. Now you need to visit the router manufacturer's website and go to the Support section. Find your router model and check for firmware updates. If so, be sure to download them. Some routers have a built-in option that takes you directly to the manufacturer's website and allows you to download firmware updates for the router.
    8. After downloading the router update, extract it to your desktop or any other folder on your PC.
    9. A Browse or Choose File button should be available in the Update section of your router. Click the button and locate the router update file on your PC. Select the file by double clicking on it.
    10. After choosing the update file, start the update process.
    11. Wait for the process to finish. Note that the update process can take a few minutes, so be sure to wait patiently without interrupting the process. Interrupting the update process can cause irreversible damage to the router, so be especially careful.
    12. After the update process is complete, the router will restart and new firmware will be installed.

    We have to mention that the firmware update process can sometimes fail, and if that happens, the router needs to be reset. To do this, log into your router and locate the Factory Settings section. Click the button Restore and wait for the router to reset.



    If you cannot log into the router, you can also reset it by pressing and holding the Reset / Reset button on the router. This button is usually found on the back, you just need to hold it down for ten or more seconds to reset the router.


    After resetting the router, you will need to configure the wireless settings and networks again.

    We must remember that some routers can perform firmware updates automatically, so there is no need to download any updates or install them manually.

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    Update the firmware of a Netgear router


    If you have a Netgear router, you can update the firmware by following these steps:

    1. Open your web browser and go to http://www.routerlogin.net.
    2. Inserisci admin as username e Password as a password.
    3. Once you enter the router settings, go to ADVANCED> Administration.
    4. Choose the button Update firmware o Router update.
    5. Click the button Verifica. The router will now check for available updates. If updates are available, you will be prompted to download them.
    6. Click the button Yes to download and install updates. Make sure you do not interrupt the update process in any way. Do not close your browser, open pages or perform any Internet-related activities. The update process can take around 5 minutes, so please be patient.
    7. After the update process is complete, the router will restart.

    As you can see, updating the firmware on the Netgear router is quite simple as you can download and install it automatically.


    If you can't automatically download the update, you can install it manually by following these steps:


    1. Visit the NETGEAR Download Center, enter your router model and download the latest firmware for your router.
    2. Now log into your router by following steps 1-4 above.
    3. Once logged in, click the button Choose file o Shop by Department.
    4. Locate the update file and select it.
    5. The update process will begin now, so make sure you don't interrupt it.

    Netgear routers also support firmware updates via NETGEAR desktop genie software. To update the router firmware using this software, follow these steps:

    1. Launch the NETGEAR desktop genie software and click Router settings.
    2. When the login screen appears, enter admin as username e Password as a password.
    3. Now click the right arrow in the upper right corner and choose the tab Router update.
    4. click on Router update> Next. The application will now check for available firmware updates.
    5. If a new firmware version is available, you will receive the confirmation message. Do click su OK to download and install the new firmware.
    6. Wait patiently for the update process to finish and don't interrupt it.

    Update the firmware of a Linksys router

    Updating the firmware on the Linksys router is quite simple. To perform the update safely, we recommend that you connect your PC to the router using the Ethernet cable. To update the router firmware, follow these steps:

    1. Visit the Linksys support site. Enter your router model and check if a firmware update is available. If so, download the update file.
    2. Open your web browser and enter 192.168.1.1 in the address bar. Awards Submit.
    3. When the login screen appears, enter admin as username and leave the password field blank.
    4. Once logged in, click Administration> Firmware Update.
    5. Now click the button Shop by Department.
    6. Select the downloaded update file and double-click on it.
    7. Click the button Start update.
    8. The progress bar will now appear. Wait for the process to complete and do not interrupt it. To ensure that the update process is successful, do not open new pages or perform any Internet-related activities.

    Firmware update on a D-Link router

    Updating the firmware on your D-Link router is pretty straightforward and you can update it by following these steps:

    1. Download the latest firmware update for your router from the D-Link support page.
    2. After downloading the file, unzip it and save it in a location that you can easily access.
    3. Open your web browser and enter 192.168.1.1 in the address bar.
    4. When the login screen appears, enter admin as username and password.
    5. Once logged in, go to the tab Instruments and select the option Update gateway.
    6. Click the button Shop by Department and search for the update file from the step 2.
    7. Once you have located the file, double-click on it.
    8. Now click the button Update gateway.
    9. Please wait patiently for the update to complete. Do not interrupt the update and do not close or open any tabs.
    10. After the update process is complete, the router will reboot automatically. In some cases, you need to reset your router before you can use it. To do this, press and hold the Reset button on the back of the router for 10 seconds. Note that you will need to configure the settings again after performing the reset.

    Update the firmware of a TP-Link router

    Before updating the TP-Link router firmware, you need to check the hardware model and version. To do this, simply check the label on the back of the device and you will see the router model and hardware version.

    Furthermore, we also recommend that you connect your PC to the router using the Ethernet cable to make sure your connection is stable. To update the router firmware, do the following:

    1. Visit the TP-Link website and search for your model in the Support section. Make sure you select the correct hardware version and model. Downloading and installing firmware for a wrong model will cause damage to the router, so be cautious. Once you have found your router model, download the latest firmware for it.
    2. The firmware will be placed in the zip file. Extract the firmware file to a safe place.
    3. Open your web browser and log in to 192.168.1.1 , 192.168.0.1 o http://tplinkwifi.net. Note that this address may vary depending on the router model. You can always check the label on the underside of the router to see the correct address.
    4. When the login window appears, enter admin as username and password.
    5. After logging in, click Advanced and then to the left of the list System Tools> Firmware Update.
    6. Click the button Shop by Department o Choose file and locate the firmware update file. Select the file by double clicking on it.
    7. Now click the button Update to start the update process.
    8. Wait for the process to complete and make sure you don't interrupt it in any way. Stopping the update will cause permanent damage to the router, so be careful.
    9. After the update is complete, your router may go back to factory settings, so you'll need to set it up again.

    As you can see, updating a router's firmware is relatively straightforward, and newer routers can automatically download and install firmware updates.

    We must remember that updating the firmware brings new features and improvements, but it can also permanently damage the router if you are not careful.

    While updating the firmware can sometimes fix network-related problems, we recommend that you perform a firmware update as a last resort.

    If you have any other questions on how to update a router's firmware on Windows 10, feel free to drop it in the comments section below.

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