Monday, September 27

How to update the router firmware | Digital Trends Spanish

Like our other devices, it is occasionally necessary update router firmware to offer improved security and compatibility, and even provide new functions for users. If it’s been several years since you’ve checked for router updates or heard of an update or fix, it’s time to take action. This is what you should do.

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Tip: look for apps for automatic updates and downloads

Newer routers often make things easier by connecting to the cloud to get important firmware updates and download them automatically. If you have an application to manage your router, open it and look for an update option.

Netgear’s Nighthawk app is a good example of this: you can log in, click on your router icon, and choose Search for updates. This will allow you to quickly verify and update your firmware without having to follow the steps below.

If your router’s app allows you to enable automatic updates, this is also a good idea.

Step 1: visit your router provider’s website and search for your model

To update the firmware manually, you will need to start by downloading the latest file. The major brands of routers have support web pages well organized by model and include different versions, if applicable.

We will start by showing the Netgear routers and the support page of Netgear because it is very clear, but other brands of routers follow very similar processes. Here is the page of linksys support and the download page of Tp link in case you need them.

On the support page, select Wifi routers, then select from the line of routers you have. For example, let’s choose the AC Nighthawk router category.

AC Nighthawk Router Model List.

Next, select your specific model. It is a good idea to have your router close by to look up the model number if necessary. Note that some may have different versions, so you will also need to choose the correct version (this may happen more with TP-Link routers than others). Using the wrong firmware for your model or version could cause serious problems.

Step 2: download the latest firmware update file

With the correct model chosen, look for the download option or window to see where your firmware files are. Here, we navigate to the section Firmware and software downloads, and we can quickly find version Select this and click Download to install it on your local hard drive.

Firmware download option for Netgear routers.

Again, the process will look different for each router vendor, but most have some sort of drop-down list to find the firmware file. Unless you are reverting to the previous configuration (not common for router software), you will need to choose the latest firmware file for your model.

Step 3: connect your router to your computer via Ethernet

You cannot update the firmware of your router through the Wi-Fi you are using. You will need a wired connection to your computer where you are doing this procedure, which means connecting an Ethernet cable from the router to your computer. This also means that the best device to update is usually a laptop.

Step 4: start your router’s configuration page if necessary

Here your experience may differ a bit. If you are using one of the newer Netgear firmware files, all you have to do is unzip and open it. When the file opens and starts running, it will take the lead and walk you through the steps required to update the firmware.

TP-Link login page.

However, other brands of routers may prefer that you log in to the administrator settings and do the update yourself. To start this process, open your web browser and navigate to your router’s settings. If you need help accessing them, you can find out how to access your router’s administration page in this guide.

Now, you will have to log in with the username and password from the router configuration. This is not the same as your Wi-Fi login information. Usually it is set to “admin” and “password” for each field or a similar option that you can find on the back of your router, although it is always a good idea to change it for security reasons, something you may have done the first time you set it up.

Step 5: start the firmware update

Searching for the firmware file on a computer.

Use your settings page to start the firmware update. Look for an option that says Firmware or Firmware Update. You can find it in sections with different names, depending on the make and model of your router.

Sometimes, you can find it in a section of System Tools, Administrator or in an Update or Maintenance section. Look around you and you will be able to find it in no time.

Once you find the option Firmware, select it. This should take you to a menu where you will see an option to Choose file or Browse your local files. Select this option, then navigate to your recent downloads or search for your firmware file by name.

The update button for firmware updates on the TP-Link website.

Select your firmware file and then choose the option Update. Let the update progress until it is complete; this will take at least a few minutes.

Once the firmware has been fully updated, there is a chance that your router will revert to factory settings. If this happens, you will have to spend more time on your router’s web page to adjust it as you had it, or run the configuration process again so that everything works correctly.

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