If you’re unable to connect to your router – both wired or wirelessly, the first thing you must check is the Netgear router firmware. Your router must have the latest firmware installed for proper functioning. Check out this post to know how to update the firmware of your router using Netgear Genie Application. First, make a backup of the configuration of the router exporting it to a file. With this file, you can reload the configuration in the router in case it is lost.
Netgear Firmware Backup
Netgear router firmware is the software running on your router that controls its wireless IP and firewall settings. The Netgear manufacturer distributes the firmware updates for the router. Before updating the router firmware, you create a backup. A backup allows you to reverse the changes in the update process. This helps you to rectify the problems that you may face if you accidentally shut down the device during the update or the update fails.
- Click on the “Start” button and select “Internet Explorer”. This opens your web browser. Enter “192.168.1.1” and press “Enter.” This opens the administration console of your Netgear router.
- Tap on the “Management” menu. In the drop-down list of options, click on “Backup / Restore Settings.” This opens the backup window.
- Now click on the “Backup” button. This opens a dialog box with the directories on your local hard drive. Choose a location on your hard drive to save the backup file.
- Click on “OK”. It only takes a few seconds to create the backup. The file is saved on your hard disk and is only needed if your firmware update fails.
After the backup, its time to know to execute the update process.
Netgear Firmware Update Steps Using Netgear Genie
Prior to initiating the update steps, make sure you are using the latest Genie application. Also, your router must be compatible with the Genie application.
Tip: You can also use routerlogin.net for the firmware update.
- Go to the Genie application and enter the Router’s settings.
- Tap on “click here” under the router’s settings. Use your router’s username and password and tap on entering.
- The username and password both are case sensitive so check the letter case while typing.
- If it says username or password incorrect for a couple of times, the factory reset your router.
- For factory reset, first, verify that the router’s light is on.
- Now use a pin or paper clip to press the reset button.
- The reset button is on the back of the router under the reset hole.
- Press the reset button for fifteen seconds.
- Now log in to the router settings page using the default username and password.
- After successfully logged in, you will be directed to the wireless settings of the router.
- Navigate to the left side by clicking on the arrow icon on the top-right corner.
Steps ahead of the Netgear Router login:
- Go to the Router Update tab.
- Click on Next in the Router update tab.
- Now the application will check the availability of the firmware.
- It may take a few seconds.
- Now if there is no firmware available for your device, you will get a message stating that you have the latest firmware.
- And if the upgrade is available, you will see- New Firmware Available.
- Hit the Next button, and attentively execute the on-screen instructions.
- After a few instructions, you will see Initiating Firmware Update.
- Click on Yes and do not use your computer or router in the meantime.
- First, it will download the firmware and then it will upload it to your router.
- After the successful update – you will see this message – update is completed.
Note: If you have never updated your router’s firmware, then chances are high that you will face network interruption issues during the update process. Get assisted from our Netgear Router Support experts to avoid such issues.