Updating NETGEAR® Router Firmware
Get to know more about updating NETGEAR router firmware.
NETGEAR routers are the most commonly used wireless routers in a wireless network. Network cables, hubs or switches were used to setup wired network and all the network configurations were made on computers but the concept of networking has changed with the invention of wireless technology. Now, no wires are used to interconnect computers; all computers are installed with a wireless network adapter and a NETGEAR wireless router is configured in the network. The entire network configuration is made on the router and the router runs most of the network and security services. A firmware is a program embedded on the router which runs required services and saves the entire router configuration to facilitate the wireless network. Users can access the router configuration page which is the interface of the firmware program to configure the router. The firmware program is loaded as soon as you turn on the router. In short, the firmware program makes the router an active device and the firmware works in a router as an operating system works on a computer. You can update the firmware program to fix various issues and to enhance the features of the router.
Following are methods to update NETGEAR router firmware:
- Download Firmware
- Connect Router
- Update Firmware
The first step to update the firmware program is to download the latest firmware program. There are many sites that offer firmware programs for NETGEAR router but it is recommended to download it from NETGEAR's website. You need to select the exact make and model of the router on manufacturer's website and hit the download button and save the downloaded file to desktop or to any location which can be easily accessed. Scanning the downloaded file for viruses is a good idea to make sure that the downloaded file is not infected
After the download is completed successfully, you need to connect the router to the computer. You can use a network cable and connect one end of the cable to the router and the other end to the network port of the computer. Make sure that the computer is set to obtain the IP address from DHCP and restart the computer.
Once the computer is in sync with the router, you can double click on the downloaded firmware package and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update process. Once the update is done, the router will restart and the newly updated firmware would be loaded. Now, you can turn off the router, disconnect the network cable and place the router in the original location.
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