How to manually upgrade the firmware of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers

How do I manually upgrade the firmware of my Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router?
The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account is a free service that allows you to access your router, configure and check your home network instantly from wherever you are.  To take advantage of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account Tools on your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, you need to perform a firmware upgrade. 
Your router is capable of either automatic or manual firmware upgrade.  When you decide to do the manual upgrade, you have to download the firmware first from the Linksys support site.  See the instructions below to understand and learn how to do this.
Manual firmware upgrade of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers
Before you do the upgrade, check if your router has a USB storage link.  If it has, then make sure that no device (e.g. printer, hard drive) is connected to it before you start the process.
Step 1:
Download the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi setup wizard from its specific product page below.

Step 2:
Under the DOWNLOADS section, click Download Software.
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Step 3:
Click the hardware version of your device.
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Step 4:
Select the firmware for your device and click Download.
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Step 5:
Locate the file you downloaded.  Right-click on the downloaded file then click Extract Here.
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The extracted firmware will show on the folder. 
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Step 6:
Open a browser and log in to the router's web-based setup page by entering "" on the Address bar.  The default username and password is "admin".
NOTE:  If you changed your password, used that instead.
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Step 7:
Click Administration then click Firmware Upgrade.
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Step 8:
Select Manual Upgrade and click the Browse… button.
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Step 9:
Select the file that you extracted in Step 2 then click Open.
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Step 10:
Click Start Upgrade.
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A warning prompt stating Upgrade must NOT be interrupted!! will appear. 
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Once the upgrade is completed, a system reboot message will be displayed.  Wait until the Power light of the router appears solid.
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Step 11:
Log back in to your router’s web-based setup page from Step 3 by entering the router’s IP address. 
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Step 12:
You will be redirected to a Sign In page.  If you already created a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, enter your login credentials on the Email Address and Password fields and click Log in.
If you do not have a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click on Create Account then follow the step-by-step instructions. 
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Step 13:
After logging in using your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, you will be prompted to associate your router to your account.  You will need to enter your router’s admin password.  The default is admin.
You can only associate your router within the same network (from behind the router either wired or wireless).  You will only be prompted to associate your router the first time you log in with your cloud account so long as the router has Internet connectivity.  Once you have associated your router, any future logins will require your cloud email address and password when the router is online; this is considered a single sign-on.
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If your router has no Internet connectivity you will be prompted to enter the router’s admin password, once the Internet has been restored you can continue to use your single sign-on cloud account.
Your router is now successfully upgraded to Linksys Smart Wi-Fi.  One benefit of having a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account is the capability of doing auto-updates.  If you want to prevent your router from receiving automatic firmware updates you will need to turn OFF the Automatic Firmware Update feature.  Please follow the steps below:
Step 1:
Log in to the router’s web-based setup page by entering "" or "myrouter.local" on the Address bar or go to and enter your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account credentials.
Step 2:
On the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account page, click Connectivity.
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Step 3:
On the Basic tab, click the Automatic box to uncheck then click Ok.
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More on Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
Aside from automatic firmware update, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi offers a lot of benefits.  With it, you can have access to Tools and mobile apps that will help control your home network from anywhere at anytime and make your digital experiences easier to manage.  You can also:
  • Instantly tap into your home network to check the connection status of your devices
  • Do intelligent media prioritization for high-definition video streaming and online gaming
  • Control or block your kids' computer from accessing harmful websites
  • Turn ON/OFF Internet connectivity to devices in your home from anywhere
  • Give a guest access to the Internet
  • Prioritize which devices on your network get the most bandwidth to eliminate lag times and buffering

If you are interested to know more about this amazing breakthrough, you can click the links below:
Overview of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Frequently Asked Questions
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