How to upgrade Linksys router firmware?
Firmware is nothing but the software of your Linksys router.
The solution to many networking problems is firmware upgrade. If the wireless network connection is slow or intermittent then you can try changing advanced wireless settings or wireless channel on the router. However if the problem continues then I will suggest you to upgrade the firmware.
How to check current firmware version ?
Open the Internet browser and in the address bar type 192.168.1.1. Open the setup page. Click on Status tab. On the status page, you will find the current firmware version. Go to Linksys website and check for the firmware update for your model. If the new firmware is available on website then download it and upgrade it.
Linksys router firmware upgrade process :
Step 1: Download the latest firmware file from the website and save it on your main computer. Click here to download the file. Enter the proper model number in search support box. The model number along with version number is on the flip side of your router. Double check the model number and hardware version number. Do not download incorrect file.
Step 2: Connect the main computer to the Ethernet port with the Ethernet cable. Do not upgrade firmware using a wireless computer. Always connect the computer with the Ethernet cable. Make sure that Local area connection on your computer is enabled.
Step 3: I will suggest you to reset the router before and after upgrading the firmware. See How to reset Linksys router.
Step 4: Open Internet browser and in the address bar type 192.168.1.1. Open the setup page. Setup page is the page where you can change the settings manually.
Step 5: Click on Administration tab.
Step 6: Click on Firmware upgrade sub tab.
Step 7: Click on Browse or Select button and browse the firmware file that you have already downloaded on your main computer.
Step 8: Click on Upgrade firmware.
Step 9: Upgrade process will take approximately 1 to 3 minutes. At the end you will get the message ” upgrade successful”. If you get the message ” upgrade failed” then reset the router again and try to upgrade the firmware. Make sure that you have downloaded the correct file.
Step 10: Reset the router after upgrade is completed.
Step 11: Now you need to reconfigure the router.
NOTE: Do not try to open firmware file. It is a bin file and it needs special program to open the file. You need open the setup page of the Linksys router to upgrade firmware.
The firmware file for WRT54G hardware version 1 to version 4 is same. You can use the same file for all the 4 versions.
The firmware file for Hardware version 5 and 6 is same.
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