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How to Update a Netgear Router

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Introduction

The operating system that your router runs on is called "firmware". Each router make and model has firmware that was specifically made for it. From time to time, router manufacturers offer firmware updates on their website or from within the router's web console.

Why would you want to update your router?

Router updates are provided to add new security features, fix vulnerabilities, or other enhancements like performance upgrades.

Your router should only be upgraded to a firmware that was made for your specific make, model and version. Some firmware updates are specific to certain regions. Upgrading to the wrong firmware version may damage your router and void the warranty.

Do not upgrade through wireless connection unless the router is limited to only a wireless connection.

Turning off power during the upgrade process may cause permanent damage to the device.

1 Netgear

  1. The bottom of the router has a label with the default access site and credentials.
    Netgear label. Default Access 192.168.0.1, user name is admin, password is password.

  2. Using a computer that is connected to the Netgear router, open a web browser (such as Safari, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer).
  3. Navigate to http://www.routerlogin.net
    • If the above does not work, try:
      • http://www.routerlogin.com
      • http://192.168.1.1
      • http://192.168.0.1
  4. Enter the router username and password.

    The default credentials are typically:

    • Username: admin
    • Password: password

2 Update

  1. Go to the ADVANCED tab.
    Advanced tab. Screenshot.
     
  2. Select Administration.
    Administration menu. Screenshot.
     
  3. Select Router Update.
    Administration menu with Router Update selected. Screenshot.
     
  4. If an update is available, a prompt will ask if you wish to download and install it. Click the Yes button.
    Firmware install prompt with Yes selected. Screenshot.
     
  5. The update process will begin. Do not interrupt the process.

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The operating system that your router runs on is called "firmware". Each router make and model has firmware that was specifically made for it. From time to time, router manufacturers offer firmware updates on their website or from within the router's web console.

Why would you want to update your router?

Router updates are provided to add new security features, fix vulnerabilities, or other enhancements like performance upgrades.

Your router should only be upgraded to a firmware that was made for your specific make, model and version. Some firmware updates are specific to certain regions. Upgrading to the wrong firmware version may damage your router and void the warranty.

Do not upgrade through wireless connection unless the router is limited to only a wireless connection.

Turning off power during the upgrade process may cause permanent damage to the device.

  1. The bottom of the router has a label with the default access site and credentials.
    Netgear label. Default Access 192.168.0.1, user name is admin, password is password.

  2. Using a computer that is connected to the Netgear router, open a web browser (such as Safari, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer).
  3. Navigate to http://www.routerlogin.net
    • If the above does not work, try:
      • http://www.routerlogin.com
      • http://192.168.1.1
      • http://192.168.0.1
  4. Enter the router username and password.

    The default credentials are typically:

    • Username: admin
    • Password: password
  1. Go to the ADVANCED tab.
    Advanced tab. Screenshot.
     
  2. Select Administration.
    Administration menu. Screenshot.
     
  3. Select Router Update.
    Administration menu with Router Update selected. Screenshot.
     
  4. If an update is available, a prompt will ask if you wish to download and install it. Click the Yes button.
    Firmware install prompt with Yes selected. Screenshot.
     
  5. The update process will begin. Do not interrupt the process.