Netgear Router Firmware UpdateNetgear Router Firmware is preinstalled and embedded software which controls administrative features, routing protocols as well as security functions. The firmware is stored on Read-Only Memory (ROM) chip of router.
In order to make your router work properly, ensure that Netgear Router Firmware is up-to-date. If this is not the case, you may experience issues when connecting to the internet or trying to connect with any smart device. There are three main options for Netgear router firmware upgrade:
- Router Web Interface
- Manually from the Netgear Download Center
- Using Netgear Genie Application
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Netgear Router Update Using Web InterfaceNetgear regularly releases firmware updates to enhance product performance, add new features, and improve security. If you visit routerlogin.net web interface, you might see a message at the top of the dashboard stating that new firmware is available. Click on that message to check if new firmware is available and to update your router. Here’s how to update Netgear Router Firmware using the admin web user interface:
- Launch a web browser from a computer or mobile device that is connected to your router’s network.
- Access the default web address via an internet browser.
- The default login window displays.
- Enter your admin username and password.
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- Select the Administration option.
- Click on the Firmware Update option.
- The router searches for new firmware.
- If a new firmware is available, click or tap Yes.
Manually Update Netgear Router FirmwareIn addition to the default router admin interface, you can also upgrade your router firmware manually from the download center. Implement the below-given steps for Netgear router update:
- Download the newest firmware on your router by navigating to the Download Center.
- Enter your router's model number and look for the firmware.
- Now, take an Ethernet cable and connect your PC to the router.
- Head over to the default router admin interface using 192.168.1.1 IP.
- Click on the Netgear Firmware Update option and then the Upload button.
Netgear Firmware Update Using Netgear Genie ApplicationFollow the instructions below for Netgear Router update on your WiFi router:
- Launch the Netgear Genie app on your device.
- Afterward, go to the Router Settings.
- Once prompted, fill in the username and password.
- Navigate to the Netgear Router Update section.
- Now, click on the Next button to see whether a new firmware update is available or not.
- Once done, click on the Yes button to start the Netgear firmware update process.
No Internet After Netgear Firmware Update. What to Do?
Nowadays, the most common issue after updating the Netgear router firmware is no internet access. No matter whether you try rebooting the router and modem around a dozen times, resetting the router or replacing the Ethernet cable, you still get no internet access error. Well, in this case, you just need to go through some Netgear router troubleshooting steps mentioned underneath.
- Chances are that the firmware is corrupted. It mostly happens when you use a wireless connection between the router and computer for Netgear firmware update. Therefore, ensure to use an Ethernet cable to connect the router to your computer while upgrading the firmware.
- Use the Ping command followed by the router IP to check if you have updated the corrupted firmware. In case you receive an invalid response, the firmware is corrupted. In this case, downgrade the firmware on your Netgear router with the help of our technicians.
- Another reason why you are getting Netgear router firmware update failed error is that you have updated a wrong firmware. It happens in two scenarios – first you have updated the firmware of a different router model and second, you have missed an intermediate step. Here is an example of an intermediate step: suppose your current router firmware version is 1.0 and you have updated it to the version 1.2. Then, check whether there is any 1.1 update released by Netgear. If there is any such firmware version available, firstly update your router to this version and after that to the 1.2 version.