So you have a wireless router that has been unobtrusively serving Wi-Fi to your family unit for a long time? Does it have a thick layer of residue on it?
Chances are, on the off chance that you answered yes to either address, you may not have upgraded your router’s firmware in a long while. On the off chance that you have, congratulations, you can stop reading this article at this moment, if not, read on.
What is Your Router’s Firmware?
Your router’s firmware is basically the operating framework that is specifically intended to keep running on your specific make and model of router (except if you are using a multi-router compatible open source firmware, for example, DD-WRT).
Usually, your router manufacturer will give firmware updates to your specific make and model of router, via their site, or via a tool within the administrative console of your router (typically accessible via an internet browser).
Why You Might Want to Upgrade Your Wireless Router’s Firmware
There are many reasons you may want to think about updating your router’s firmware, here are several of them.
Security Features and Fixes
One valid justification why your router manufacturer may put out a firmware update is because they are endeavoring to fix a vulnerability that was distinguished in the present firmware, updated firmware is similar to framework updates (as in Microsoft’s Windows Update). As bugs are found and remedied, updated firmware is released.
Router manufacturers may also issue a firmware update to upgrade features, for example, outdated encryption modules or they might add altogether new security mechanisms that weren’t in past renditions of the firmware.
Other than security fixes, your router manufacturer may have figured out how to enhance your router’s overall performance, which is always something to be thankful for. On the off chance that you don’t update your firmware, you won’t have the capacity to take advantage of any speed boosting upgrades that your router manufacturer might release in an update.
How to Perform a Firmware Upgrade
Each router is extraordinary, yet usually, they have a similar procedure for upgrading the router’s firmware. Here are the basic strides for performing a firmware upgrade, check your router manufacturer’s site for specific guidelines for your make and model.
Login to Your Router’s Administrator Console
Most present day routers use internet browser based administration which means you basically type in the IP address of your router so as to access it’s administrative capacities. This IP address is almost always a Private IP address which is usually accessed from inside your home network. This keeps pariahs from attempting to administer your router.
Each router manufacturer utilizes distinctive default addresses so check your specific router manufacturer’s site for details on which one your router may utilize. Many routers utilize 192.168.1.1 as this address however it varies.
Here are some common default addresses fro a portion of the more popular wireless router brands.
- Apple: 10.0.1.1
- Asus: 192.168.1.1
- Buffalo Tech: 192.168.1.1
- Dlink: 192.168.0.1 or 10.0.0.1
- Cisco/Linksys: 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1
- Netgear: 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.0.227
After you enter the IP address of your router in your program’s address bar, you will probably be incited for the administrator name (typically “admin” or “administrator”) and the default administrator password. These credentials can almost certainly be obtained from your router manufacturer’s site or they might be located on a label on the bottom or back of your router, typically located near the serial number of the router.
Locate The Firmware Upgrade Section of the Administrator Console
Usually, there is a dedicated firmware upgrade area within the router administration site. It may be located under the Router Setup page, the “About This Router” page, or perhaps under a “Maintenance” or “Firmware Update” heading.
Download and Install The Router Firmware (from a confided in source)
More up to date routers will probably make it easy to download and install the firmware specifically from within the router administrative console. A few routers may necessitate that you first save the file to your PC and then select the firmware file via the administration console.
Regardless of the technique, make beyond any doubt you are downloading specifically from the manufacturer or from another confided in source (if using open source router firmware). In the event that conceivable, scan the file for malware before performing the firmware upgrade.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Don’t interfere with a firmware upgrade that is in advancement or you could potentially damage (block) your router. Attempt to avoid completing an upgrade amid a lightning storm as firmware upgrades and power outages don’t blend well.