- Keeping your Linksys devices’ firmware or driver updated
A firmware is a program or set of instructions encoded in a device while a driver is a type of software that lets a device work with higher computer programs such as an operating system (OS).
Linksys devices’ firmware and driver are recommended to be regularly updated for the following reasons:
- There is an updated version of the firmware or driver which contains fixes on software bugs found in the previous version.
- The device is currently experiencing problems in its operational functions (e.g., dropping connectivity, odd blinking lights, and undetected device errors).
- There is an updated version containing new or additional functionalities that are not available in the previous version. (Please read the Release Notes to view the updates or changes.)
How often should you check for firmware or driver updates?
You can check for firmware and driver updates of your Linksys device when you are experiencing problems in its operational function. These updates are regularly posted and are available for download on the Linksys Support Site.
The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers also have an Auto-Update feature which will automatically upgrade the firmware of your router if the option is enabled. To check if this option is enabled or how it works, click here.
NOTE: Click on the links for specific instructions on how to update the firmware or driver of your device.
|Smart Wi-Fi Router||Firmware|
|Modems and Gateways||Firmware|
QUICK TIP: If you need help in downloading the firmware or driver of your devices, click here.
Do you want to upgrade the firmware of a Wireless-N or Wireless-AC router?
Linksys offers a range of routers. Click on the links below for specific product downloads:
If you encounter any problem doing the upgrade, try any of the following troubleshooting tips:
- Do NOT power cycle the router during the firmware upgrade.
- Use a different web browser if the current browser you’re using doesn’t work.
- If upgrading the firmware wirelessly is not successful, hardwire your computer to the router and try again.
- Use a different computer to perform the upgrade.
- Temporarily disable any computer firewall to ensure that the upgrade will not be disrupted.
- Make sure that you have downloaded the correct firmware version for your device to prevent technical problems that may damage the router. The hardware version can be found at the device's label.
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