This button is usually located on the back, and you just need to press and hold it for ten or more seconds. After your router resets, you’ll need to configure your settings and wireless networks again.
We have to mention that some routers can perform firmware updates automatically, so you don’t have to download any updates or install them manually.
2. Update the firmware of a Netgear router
- Open your web browser and navigate to https://www.routerlogin.net.
- Enter admin as username and password as the password.
- Once you access your router settings, go to ADVANCED > Administration.
- Choose the Firmware Update or Router Update button.
- Click the Check button. The router will now check for available updates. If updates are available, you’ll be asked to download them.
- Click the Yes button to download and install the updates. Make sure that you don’t interrupt the upgrade process in any way. Don’t close your browser, open any pages, or perform any Internet-related activity. The update process can take about 5 minutes, so be patient.
- After the update process is completed, your router will restart.
If you own a Netgear router, you can update your firmware following the above steps. As you can see, updating the firmware is quite simple since you can download and install it automatically.
If you can’t download the update automatically, you can install it manually. Visit NETGEAR Download Center, enter your router’s model and download the latest firmware for your router.
Follow the above steps from 1-4, and once you are logged in, click the Choose File or Browse button. Select the file and make sure to don’t interrupt the update process.
3. Update the firmware of a Linksys router
- Visit the Linksys Support Site. Enter the model of your router and check if there’s a firmware update available. If so, download the update file.
- Open your web browser and enter 192.168.1.1 in the address bar. Press Enter.
- When the login screen appears, enter admin as username and leave the password field blank.
- Once you log in, click on Administration > Firmware Upgrade.
- Now click the Browse button.
- Select the downloaded update file and double-click it.
- Click the Start Upgrade button.
- Now the progress bar will appear. Wait for the process to complete and don’t interrupt it.
Updating the firmware on a Linksys router is quite simple. In order to perform the update safely, we advise you to connect your PC to your router using an Ethernet cable.
To make sure that the upgrade process is successful, don’t open any new pages or perform any Internet-related activity.
4. Update the firmware of a D-Link router
- Download the latest firmware update for your router from D-Link’s support page.
- After downloading the file, unzip it and save it on a location that you can easily access.
- Open your web browser and enter 192.168.1.1 in the address bar.
- When the login screen appears, enter admin as username and password.
- Once you log in, go to the Tools tab and select the Update Gateway option.
- Click the Browse button and look for the update file from Step 2.
- Once you locate the file, double click it.
- Now click the Update Gateway button.
- Wait patiently for the update to complete. Don’t interrupt the update and don’t close or open any tabs.
- After the update process is finished, the router will restart itself.
In some cases, you need to reset your router before you can use it. To do that, press and hold the Reset button on the back of your router for 10 seconds.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to configure your settings again after performing the reset.
5. Update the firmware of a TP-Link router
- Visit TP-Link’s website and look for your model in the Support section. Be sure to select the correct hardware version and model.
- If you download and install firmware for a wrong model you’ll cause damage to your router, therefore be extra cautious. Once you find your router model, download the latest firmware for it.
- The firmware will come in a zip file. Extract the firmware file to a safe location.
- Open your web browser and access 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1 or http://tplinkwifi.net. Keep in mind that this address can vary depending on your router model. To see the correct address you can always check the label on the bottom side of your router.
- When the login window appears, enter admin as username and password.
- After you log in, click Advanced and then on the left side-list System Tools > Firmware Upgrade.
- Click Browse or Choose File button and locate the firmware update file. Select the file by double-clicking it.
- Now click the Upgrade button to start the update process.
- Wait for the process to complete, and be sure not to interrupt it in any way. Interrupting the update will cause permanent damage to your router, so be careful.
- After the update is finished, your router might be restored to factory settings, so you’ll have to reconfigure it again.
Before you update the firmware of your TP-Link router, you need to check its model and hardware version. To do that, simply check the label on the back of your device.
In addition, we also advise you to connect your PC to your router using the Ethernet cable in order to ensure that your connection is stable.
As you can see, updating a router’s firmware is relatively simple, and newer routers can automatically download and install the firmware updates.
We have to mention that upgrading firmware brings new features and improvements, but it can also permanently damage your router if you’re not careful.
Although firmware updates can sometimes fix network related issues, we advise you to perform a firmware update as a last resort.
If you have any more questions on how to update a router’s firmware on Windows 10, don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments section below.