When a Netgear router has outdated firmware or corrupted drivers, this can create file errors, memory loss, hardware malfunction and communication problems with other Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Netgear regularly releases drivers and firmware. These are tailored software for your specific router, which allows it to communicate with other networked devices, giving you a smooth and instant Internet connection. Regularly updating the drivers on your Netgear modem will help prevent any break in your software, give you more support, and increase security.
Update your Netgear router
There are a few steps, which you need to follow in order to update your Netgear Router. Just make sure to follow the steps in the exact same way in which they are given or else, it won’t be possible for you to update your router.
- Locate the product description of your Netgear router; this will be on the back of the Netgear device or on the base.
- Use the product description of your device and find the model number “NETGEAR Wireless- G Router WGR614v9.”; these will be a collection of characters at the end of the description, for example as “WGR614v9”.
- Open a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox and enter “http://kb.netgear.com/app/products/list” without quotation marks in your browser.
- Select the type of Netgear Modem you have and find your model number from the list of products. Once found, it will take you to your router’s support page where manuals and product guides can be found.
- Click on the highlighted text that starts “latest firmware version”
- Click on the downloaded file and right click to save the latest driver. Remember where you save the file so that it can be easily recalled later. Please note that Netgear drivers are different in the world and you need to only download the file that is correct for your area.
- Open another web browser, enter “http://192.168.1.1” without the quotation marks, and press “Enter” on your keyboard to load the home page of your router.
- Enter the router login details. By default, these will be username/password = admin/password or 1234 for older models.
- Click on the topic in the home page of your router “Maintenance” and then “Upgrade the router. Click on the “Browse” option to find your saved firmware from Step 6 and click” Upload “to begin the installation.
- Wait until the router installs the firmware and as that happens, the router will restart. Once finished, press and hold for 3 seconds on the indented button marked “reset” on the back of your router to restart one more time.
- Wait until the modem has restarted completely. Once it does, then your new firmware will be installed.
If you have been experiencing any problem related to your router, then that will also be fixed. However, if your router has not been updated, then you should consult techies that deal with Netgear Routers and modems.