Update Linksys® Router Firmware
The Linksys is an ADSL router that serve both modem and wireless router for those who use Internet connections based on telephone line. Linksys is one of the top brands of computer networking products. One of the main reasons for the popularity of Linksys routers are because of its high quality along with its plug and play configuration. The router can be set up by either running the set-up on the software CD or by manually configuring the settings on the router firmware page. Firmware is a built-in programmable logic present in wireless routers. For a particular model of hardware device, this firmware implements network and security protocols of that device. Firmware update for these routers allows the manufacturer to provide enhancements to routers that have been already sold. Often the manufacturers provide firmware updates as free downloads from their website.
- Download the firmware update
- Disable the firewall
- Things to be kept in mind
Download the firmware update
Before updating Linksys router, you need to know your current router settings from 192.168.1.1 in your web browser. Then on the 'Status' panel, note your existing firmware version. The firmware update for your router can be downloaded. You can unzip the downloaded file to a folder. The unzipped files include a .doc or .pdf instruction file that might lead to further proceedings. From the above downloaded files, open the ver.txt file. The changes made with each new version of the Linksys router firmware will be shown in this file.
Disable the firewall
Before starting the updating process, from the Internet disconnect the router and also from any computer except the computer in which updating is done. It is because the activity from any source other than the computer doing the update can interrupt the updating process and then you might require reset the router. Also you need to disable any firewall running on the computer during the update. After that, click on 'FTP tool', 'Tftp' that will load the new firmware to your router.
During Linksys router firmware update if you face any problems, press and hold the reset button until the red light goes on and off. Also press the router power off and on, then repeat the update by clicking 'Tfpt'. After the update process restart the firewall on the computer. Also you need to restore the cable from the Internet to the WAN connection. After updating, you can connect other computers back into the router.
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