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WiFi Router Firmware Update

Netgear provides new Netgear firmware upgrades for the device on a regular basis. There are three options available for Netgear Router Firmware update, that are:

Let us help you with step-by-step instructions for each of these.

WiFi Router Update

Via Web Interface

Router web interface is the online router login portal to get access to router configuration and settings. This is the same portal that you use to set up your router.

Here’s how you can update router firmware using the Router web interface:

  • Connect your modem to your router using an Ethernet cable.
  • Open any internet browser, type routerlogin.net in the address bar and hit Enter.
  • Use your assigned username and password for login.

(If you forgot your username and password, read this – How I can reset my router login password?)

  • Further, go to “Administration” section under the “Advanced” tab.
  • Click on Netgear Security Update or Firmware Update.
  • Tap on “Yes” to initiate the update process. The whole process may take up to five minutes.
  • The router will auto-restart after the firmware is updated.

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Router Firmware Update


Apart from the router login interface, you can update the firmware of the router manually from the download center. Here’s how to update Router Firmware manually:

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  • Go to Netgear Download Center to download the latest firmware of your router.
  • You can use the model number of your router to search for the firmware.
  • Open any available web browser and go to www.routerlogin.net.
  • Type router login username and password.
  • Go to the “Administration” section under “Advanced”.
  • Tap on the “Firmware Update” button.
  • Click on “Upload”. That’s all, you’re done with the router firmware update process.

Genie Firmware Update

These steps will help you with Netgear Genie firmware update for the routers that are compatible with Genie application:

  • Go inside the Genie application and tap on “Router settings”.
  • Type in username and password when prompted.
  • Navigate to the right to go to visit the “Router Update” tab.
  • Click on “Next” to check if there is a firmware update available.
  • The router will auto-download the new Genie firmware update if there is an update available.
  • After the download, click on “yes” to initiate the update process.

Once the update is completed, you will re-routed to Genie settings page where you can check the new Netgear firmware upgrades version.

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Router Firmware Update Failed?

In case the Netgear router firmware update failed, first reboot the whole network. Turn off the router, modem and the computer. Thereafter, plug the modem to the router turn them on. Now repeat the firmware update process using the steps provided above.

Apart from this, the firmware might be corrupted. This mostly happens when users try to update the firmware using the wireless connection. So make sure to connect the router using the Ethernet cable at the time of router firmware update.

To check that whether you have updated the corrupted firmware, try pinging If you get an invalid response, the firmware is corrupted. In such scenarios, you can use the router firmware recovery utility download. This tool will help you to recover the old firmware of your router and then you can update it to the latest firmware.

Another possible reason for firmware update error is updating the wrong firmware. In this case, there are two scenarios, first, you are updating the firmware of a different router model and second, there is an intermediate step.

Let us explain what intermediate step is –
  • Suppose your current firmware is firmware 1 and you have to update it to latest firmware 1.2,
  • Then check if there is any 1.1 update available or not.
  • If there is a 1.1 update available, update your router with it and then go for 1.2 version.

So that is how you can avoid or resolve Router firmware update failed errors.

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Router Firmware

Firmware is the software embedded inside your router and can be referred to as the router’s brain. It provides network protocols and administrative controls with which the device gets aware of how to operate.

Firmware Update Required

Firmware updates enhance the device performance and security, resolve bugs, and add new functionalities. Not only this, these are the quick solutions to improve and repair the slow or interrupted internet connectivity with your router.

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