ZyXel® router firmware
A firmware program is the soul of a ZyXel router. All router settings are saved in the firmware program and many network services like Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), DNS and other security services run with a firmware program. To configure the router or to make any changes to the router settings, you need to access the router configuration page which is an interface of the firmware program embedded on a ZyXel router. To access the router configuration page, you need to find the IP address of the router and type it in Internet Explorer. You will be prompted to enter login credentials before you are allowed access to the router configuration page. Like all other software ZyXel router firmware also require updates.
- Updating the firmware
- Things to be kept in mind while doing so
- Ways to fix any issues
Updating the firmware
Updating the firmware program for a router is as simple as installing software. You can go to ZyXel website to download a firmware package for a ZyXel router. Firmware programs are designed for specific router models and you need to make sure that you are downloading the firmware program which is developed for your router model. Select the exact model of the router and press the 'Download' button. Once the download is completed, run the downloaded firmware package. You will be guided with on screen instructions, please follow them and complete the updating process.
Things to be kept in mind while doing so
You need to close all programs before starting the firmware update process to avoid all kinds of interruption. Scan your computer and the downloaded firmware package to make sure that they are free from viruses. The computer should not go off during the update process. So, ensure that the computer is provided with enough power back-up.
Sometimes the antivirus on your computer detects firmware as a virus and stops it from running. To fix such an issue, you can temporarily turn off the antivirus program until the update is completed. You may get error message stating that the router cannot be found. To avoid this issue, you can directly connect the router to a computer using an Ethernet cable and ensure that the computer and the router are in sync.
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