If you have a device currently connected to the Wi-Fi router, you can use this to update the router firmware by following the steps below:

Step 1

You will need your router's IP address. This may be located under the router along with the username and password. If you are unable to locate it, follow these steps:

  1. Open your command prompt (You can do this by typing cmd into windows search and clicking on the command prompt application) 
  2. Once open, type ipconfig and press enter.
  3. Look through the results and find your default gateway. This is your router's IP address.

Step 2

Once you have located your router's IP address, open your web browser and put the IP address in the web address bar. This will bring you to a login screen where you will need to:

  1. Enter your username and password.  *You can find this underneath your router. If not, a quick google search "What is my router's username and password" along with the brand/model name should give you the info required.
  2. Once you are logged into the router you will need to locate the Firmware or Router Upgrade option. These options may be found in the Administration, Maintenance, or Utilities. These headings will vary depending on your router.
  3. Once you have located the correct section, you will see the current firmware version, along with the release date.

Step 3

You will need the model of your router, normally this can be found underneath the device.

  1. Go to the website for your routers' manufacturer and head to the support section. Look for your router model and check if there any firmware updates available. You can normally this by its release date. If you see an available firmware update, you will need to download this to your computer. *Some routers have a built-in option that will allow you to go directly to the manufacturer's website, and then you can download the firmware directly from the website to your router.

Step 4

Once you have downloaded the firmware update to your computer, go back to the webpage with your router's IP address. Go to the location where you identified the current firmware version, and locate the update option.

  1. Click on update and you will be asked to browse your computer files to find the firmware you recently downloaded.
  2. Locate the downloaded file. This is generally in the downloads tab, at the top of the list. After you have found the file, double click on it to select it.
  3. At this point, the router should begin to update the firmware. This can take several minutes to complete so be patient and try not to interrupt its process as it can cause damage to your router.
  4. The router will restart once the update has completed. After the reboot is complete the new firmware will be fully installed.