How to Update an Asus Router

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 Download Firmware

  1. Navigate to the ASUS website at www.asus.com/support
    www.asus.com/support
  2. Under Select a Product, click Networking.
    Product list with Networking selected. Screenshot.
  3. Locate the Select your Product area.
  4. In the Product Series drop-down box, select All.
    Product list with All selected. Screenshot.
  5. In the Product Model drop-down box, locate and select your router model.
    Product model list. Screenshot.
  6. Select Driver & Utility.
    Example router with Driver and Utility selected. Screenshot.
  7. In the Please select OS drop-down box, select your operating system.
    Operating system list. Please select OS. Screenshot.
  8. Locate Firmware and then click the Download button. Ignore other downloads such as Utility.
    Example Firmware with Download button. Screenshot.

    Take note of the file download location:

    • Windows OS - files typically download to your Downloads folder.
    • Mac OSX - files typically download to the Downloads folder in the Dock.

? What type of computer did you download the file on?

  1. Windows OS
  2. Mac OSX

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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. Navigate to the ASUS website at www.asus.com/support
    www.asus.com/support
  2. Under Select a Product, click Networking.
    Product list with Networking selected. Screenshot.
  3. Locate the Select your Product area.
  4. In the Product Series drop-down box, select All.
    Product list with All selected. Screenshot.
  5. In the Product Model drop-down box, locate and select your router model.
    Product model list. Screenshot.
  6. Select Driver & Utility.
    Example router with Driver and Utility selected. Screenshot.
  7. In the Please select OS drop-down box, select your operating system.
    Operating system list. Please select OS. Screenshot.
  8. Locate Firmware and then click the Download button. Ignore other downloads such as Utility.
    Example Firmware with Download button. Screenshot.

    Take note of the file download location:

    • Windows OS - files typically download to your Downloads folder.
    • Mac OSX - files typically download to the Downloads folder in the Dock.

In Windows, files typically download to your "Downloads" folder.

  1. Open Windows Explorer by holding down the Windows Key and then pressing E (Win + E)
    Keyboard.
  2. In the left pane of the window that opens, click Downloads.
    Explorer window with Downloads highlighted.
  3. Locate the file you downloaded.
  4. Right-click the file and select Extract All....
    Explorer window showing zip extraction.
  5. The extract window will appear.
    Extraction window.
  6. Take note of the extract location (folder). If you wish to extract to another location such as a USB drive or a different folder on the computer, click Browse and pick a new location.
  7. Click Extract when you are done.
  8. Once the files are extracted, a new Explorer window will appear with the uncompressed files. The location will be shown in the address bar while the extracted files files will appear below.
    Explorer window with files.

Take note of the file location. This is where your file(s) will be extracted to.

  1. Launch your internet browser and type 192.168.1.1 into the address bar.
    Browser with 192.168.1.1 in the address bar. Screenshot.

  2. Type the device’s username and password in the boxes
    Router login prompt. User name, admin. Password, admin. Log in button. Screenshot.

    • Username: admin
    • Password: admin
  3. You now have access to the router configuration page.
  1. Click the firmware version link on the configuration page.
    Asus router page with Firmware version link highlighted. Screenshot.
  2. Click the "Choose File" button.
    Firmware Upgrade tab with Choose File button selected. Screenshot.
  3. Choose the downloaded firmware file, then click open button.
    Firmware file selected in Explorer window with Open button highlighted. Screenshot.
  4. Click "Upload" button.
    Firmware Upgrade page with Upload button selected. Screenshot.
  5. Wait for a few minutes to complete.
    Firmware upgrade progress bar. Screenshot.

    Turning off the router power during an update can cause permanent damage to the device.

  6. Firmware version is now updated.
    Firmware version.

In macOS, files typically download to the Downloads folder in the Dock.

  1. Click on Go then Downloads.
    Finder window with Downloads highlighted.
  2. Double click on the archive that you just downloaded to extract its contents.
    Open archive window.
  3. The extracted files should appear in the same folder as the original archive.

Sometimes you may not see the Zip file. Safari may have extracted the file for you if you downloaded the file with it. Just look for the unzipped file or folder.

Take note of the file location for later use of the extracted content.

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