Netgear is one of the most popular brands when it comes to wireless networking gear. They have a wide selection of high-quality products and offer simple installation. Upgrading your Netgear router is an easy way to enhance the performance and functionality of your home network.
If you're not sure how to update firmware on the Netgear router, this article will show you step-by-step instructions to upgrade your NetGear wireless router.
What is Firmware Update?
The operating system on which your router is running is called firmware. Each model and router uses a device's specific firmware. The update is offered for fixing security vulnerabilities or other enhancements.
Firmware update is a program that facilitates the installation of new or improved firmware, in this case for your Netgear router. It's also an easy way to enhance performance and functionality on your home network.
How to Update Router's Firmware
Via Web Browser
- Go to your web browser while connected to your router's network.
- Go to http://routerlogin.net or enter your router's IP address.
- Enter your username and password. If you have no idea what your login credentials are, it is possible to locate the login information on the router itself or in the router's manual.
- Select Advanced > Administration > Router Update.
- Click the check button to check Netgear's servers for a firmware update. If anything is available, it will display a message asking to download and install it. If nothing is available, you already have the latest firmware and can enable the Circle with the instructions below.
- Click Yes to download/install the update. Wait until the web GUI indicates that the system is ready to proceed further.
Via Nighthawk App
- Launch the Nighthawk app.
- Select your router by clicking on it.
- Click Update Firmware and wait for a few minutes until the router update is completed (router will restart).
- Select Done followed by OK to return to the Nighthawk app main screen when the update is completed.
Via Genie Software
- Launch the Genie software and click the Router Settings.
- On the Router Settings page, enter your username and password for the router.
- Select Wireless Settings. Click the arrows on the top-right corner to see the tab for Router Update.
- Click Next.
- If the firmware is available, click next.
- If the firmware is downloaded, click finish.
- Log into your router settings, and you will see the new update available.
- Click yes to continue the update.
Note: The router will reboot itself after the upload is finished. Then, you'll be redirected to the Netgear Genie settings page. Look at the upper right corner to see if your router's firmware has been updated.
Benefits of Updating your Router's Firmware
- Upgrading your Netgear router is an easy way to enhance the performance and functionality of your home network.
- Updating your Netgear router will also provide a simple way to fix bugs, add new features and improve functionality.
- Upgraded routers can also help increase security and access to the network.
- You can also save money as you don't need to buy a new router.
Things to Remember Before Updating your Firmware
- You need to find out which version of firmware you are currently running on the router.
- It is also essential to check and ensure that the router's hardware version matches this new firmware version.
- Check if your router has the latest software installed on all your computers, laptops, and smart devices before upgrading to the newest firmware version of the Netgear router.
- Netgear does not recommend loading new firmware on a router that has been upgraded to the incorrect hardware version.
- It is also essential to ensure you have upgradeable firmware and not a factory default one. If your router was manufactured with a specific firmware build, it might no longer be available for download from the Netgear website or other sources. In this case, you will need to purchase another unit with matching hardware specs as the old one.
Common Problems During and After Update
- The router stopped working after the update
- The router won't update the firmware
- Sudden connection down
- Corrupted Firmware
Remember: These issues arise when the update fails. If your router does not update firmware, you must repeat the procedure by selecting Update Firmware in the Nighthawk App or through the router's web interface. Worse, the firmware may be corrupted.
Netgear Firmware Update FAQ
1. What will happen if I download the wrong update?
The update requires that you are using the correct firmware version supported by your device's model number. If this is not so, it will damage your device beyond repair and may also invalidate its warranty.
2. What if I don't see my product listed in the Nighthawk App?
If you have recently purchased a new Netgear product or moved to a different country/region, there could be an issue with the auto-detection of our products through the Nighthawk app. In such cases, make sure to register your devices on (my.netgear.com) manually before using them without updating their firmware via the nighthawk application.
3. Can I update without an internet connection?
No, you cannot perform the update without an internet connection, as it will damage your router's operating system.
4. Is it possible to upgrade router firmware through Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi firmware updates are not recommended since they may cause lasting damage to the router.
5. Why is firmware need to be updated?
Because firmware performs the essential hardware operations, firmware updates introduce changes to the program required to enable the related devices to function correctly and repair flaws for improved security.
Upgrading your router's firmware is a simple process and can be done from anywhere in your home with an internet connection. It is a simple process and can be done from anywhere in your home with an internet connection. We hope this article has helped you learn about the importance of updating your Netgear wireless router to a newer model.