Upgrading the Linksys router’s firmware using the classic web-based setup page is necessary if you want to improve the current performance of your device and fix the issues that the previous firmware version may have. While you have the option to let your router automatically update its firmware, manual upgrade lets you manage the updates you want to load on your device.
NOTE: The latest version of your device’s firmware is posted on its product page in the Linksys support site. Check your device’s current firmware version to see if you need to upgrade it to the latest version posted in the support site. You can see this information at the uppermost right portion of the router’s web-based setup page.
The steps below will guide you on how to properly perform manual firmware upgrade on your Linksys router. If you want to see the video, click here.
QUICK TIP: If you have a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, update its firmware through your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account. For instructions on how to do this, click here.
IMPORTANT: To prevent upgrade failures, the following items must be checked before proceeding with the upgrade process.
To manually upgrade the firmware of your router, you need to complete the following steps:
Checking the model and version of your router
Flip the device over. You should find the model number and the serial number on the sticker underneath the device.
Download and save the updated firmware file from the Linksys Support Site to your computer. You can save it to your preferred destination folder (i.e. desktop, My Documents). If you need more help in downloading the firmware, click here.
NOTE: .bin is the firmware format; however, there are instances wherein the file may have a different extension such as .img and .bix.
Access the router’s web-based setup page. To learn how, click here.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to enter the correct router IP address in accessing the router’s web-based based setup page. The default router IP address is 192.168.1.1. If this address does not work, it might have been changed when the router was set up so you need to check the new IP address. Click here to learn how.
Click on Administration > Firmware Upgrade.
Click on the Browse… button.
Locate and select the file that you downloaded then click Open.
NOTE: If you are using Mac OS X®, click the Choose button.
Click the Start Upgrade button.
A warning prompt stating not to interrupt the upgrade will appear.
However, if you selected the incorrect file a prompt similar to the image below will appear. If this happens, click the OK button and repeat Steps 2 to 4 and select the correct file.
Click Continue when it prompts you that the upgrade has been successful.
Powercycle the router by unplugging it from the power outlet for 10 seconds, then re-plug it.
Resetting and reconfiguring the router
A reset and reconfiguration of the router maybe required if you have lost your Internet connection after upgrading the firmware or if the connectivity issues you encountered prior to the update still exist. This is when the backup file you saved earlier comes handy.
After resetting, click on any of the links below to learn how to set up your router according to the Internet connection type that you are using:
Cable Internet service
DSL Internet service
Static IP account
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