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Linksys Firmware Update

 

Linksys Smart WiFi Router Firmware Update

Firmware updates for routers are fixes made to the bugs and enhancements that are introduced to the functionalities of routers. Keeping the firmware of your Linksys wireless smart WiFi device updated is important as it helps fix issues that you might encounter while using the router. An updated firmware downloaded from the Linksys support website always contain feature enhancements not available in the previous firmware versions. These updates are released time to time from the end of Linksys Router manufacturers to keep your device protected from third party software attacks.

How to Keep Your Linksys Routers Firmware Updated?

There are two ways through which you can keep your router firmware updated at all times.

  • Through “Check for Updates” Button
  • By enabling the Auto-Update feature

Or, you can also make a Linksys firmware download and then upload the same to the router, all manually. We will discuss on how to do this manually. For now, let’s have a look on how to update your Linksys router firmware through the Check for updates button.

Through Check for Updates Option

  • Login to the Linksys server account. Once you do, a web interface will open. Locate the Connectivity Menu and click on the same. If you do not possess a Linksys server account, you would need to create one.
  • Now, under the Basic Tab you’ll see the firmware update section. Click on Check for updates.
  • If an update is available, it will be detected by the router so it can be downloaded and installed on your device. Select the click here link to upgrade.
  • If you see “No Updates found” message on the screen, it means that your router already has the latest version.
  • When an update is downloaded, you’ll see the update firmware pop-up box. Click on Yes in order for the router to start the update process.
  • Important Note: While this firmware update process is going on, do not turn off the router or close the browser window as this may cause the firmware on your router to go corrupt.
  • Once the router updates are downloaded, a router reboot screen will pop up. Click on the OK button to continue. The router reboot process will take a few minutes.

By Turning on The Automatic Update Option

  • Login to the Linksys server account. Once you do, a web interface will open. Locate the Connectivity Menu and click on the same. If you do not possess a Linksys server account, you can access the same by opening the web browser and entering the address http://myrouter.local or simply the default IP 192.168.1.1 in the address bar and press Enter.
  • Under the Firmware Update section, check the box next to Enable Automatic Firmware Update feature. Once you so the same, you can click on Apply to save the changes.
  • On Linksys WiFi routers, the automatic update feature is always disabled by default.
  • From now onwards, the router will auto-detect and apply the available updates to be applied on the router device. On the Update Firmware pop-up box, click on Yes. The router will start updating the latest firmware.
  • Important Note: While this firmware update process is going on, do not turn off the router or close the browser window as this may cause the firmware on your router to go corrupt.
  • Once the router updates are downloaded, a router reboot screen will pop up. Click on the OK button to continue. The router reboot process will take a few minutes.
  • Once the firmware update is complete, click OK on the Firmware Update Complete Screen.

Manually Updating The Router Firmware

In order to manually update the router firmware, you would be required to download the latest driver or firmware from the Linksys support site. To download the latest firmware version, follow the below set of instructions.

Make sure that you have an active internet connection. If your computer system is connected to the router but you are not able to visit the online website, test your connection by disconnecting the computer from your router and plug it directly to the cable or DSL modem. If you are still not able to access the online webpage, contact your Internet Service Provider for assistance with connection issues.

Once you are connected to the internet, go to the Linksys Support site and enter your Linksysrouter model number in Search by Product Name or Model Number field.

Click on the Downloads/firmware button. Now, scroll down the webpage and click on the Download software link.

Select the correct hardware version that matches your router device to display all the available downloads. Click on the Download link and save the file to a preferred location.

If the downloaded fie is a .zip extension file, you would need to unzip the same in order to continue with the further process.

You have now successfully downloaded the latest firmware version for your Linksys router.

Now, this file needs to be updated on the router by following the below instructions.

Login to the Linksys server account. Once you do, a web interface will open. Locate the Connectivity Menu and click on the same. If you do not possess a Linksys server account, you would need to create one.

Now, under the Basic Tab, in the firmware update section, click on Choose File button. Select the file that you have downloaded and click on Open. Click on the Start button on the next window that appears.

On the firmware update box, click on Yes. The router will start updating the firmware. It is important to note that while the firmware is getting updated, you do not turn off the router or close the browser window so as to prevent the existing firmware on your router from going corrupt.

A router reboot screen will pop up. Click OK to continue. The router firmware update process will take a few minutes.

On the Firmware Update complete screen, click OK.

Your router is now equipped with the latest firmware version.

Identifying Cases of Failed Firmware Update

One can easily identify the cases of failed updates if the following signs appear:

  • Router doesn’t boot-up.
  • Internet LED blinks continuously.
  • Solid or amber blinking power LED.
  • Bricked router after the firmware update turns bad.
  • Default access page is not accessible.

If you don’t see any of these signs, run Network Troubleshooter on your device and it shall tell you the core issues.

Some Tips to Follow

  • Check the power cords and ports to confirm that it isn’t causing the device to reset.
  • Check if your router is receiving internet signals or not.
  • Check if you have access to default gateway IP address.
  • Try disabling third party security software until the firmware update is installed completely.
  • Check for any viruses and malicious software.