How to Easily Update Your Router’s Firmware

The router is often the most forgotten part of your home’s internet system. Once you’ve set up a stable connection, you usually leave it alone until something goes wrong.

But just like phones and computers, routers need to be cleaned and taken care of to make sure they work well. So, in addition to taking care of your router’s physical parts, you should also look at its software.

So, here is an easy-to-follow general guide on how to check the firmware version of your router and update it.

Why you should keep the firmware on your router up to date

connecting a LAN cable to a router to update it

Even though routers usually do their jobs without any help, they can still become outdated. For example, the company that made it might have fixed a major security flaw or made the software run faster by making it more efficient.

Because of this, it’s important to keep your router up-to-date, especially since it handles almost all of your internet traffic. Cybercriminals can hack into your home network through an old router, which gives them access to all the devices that are connected to it.

How to Log in to Your Router

two wireless routers

Even though most routers update their firmware automatically, it’s still a good idea to check it every so often. You have to log in to your router to do this.

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You must type your router’s IP address into your browser to get to it. The IP address of your router is usually written on the bottom. If it’s there, write it down. If it’s not, you’ll need to use your computer to find it. While you are still looking at the bottom of your router, you should also write down the model number.

Also, if you’re going to use your computer, make sure it’s connected to the router you want to check and update.

Windows 11

If you’re using Windows 11, you can find your router’s IP address in Windows Settings.

Click on Start > Settings to open the Settings Window, then choose Network & internet. Under the Network & internet heading, click on Properties of your router’s network.

Network & internet settings on Windows 11

Scroll down in the properties view until you see IPv4 DNS servers. Copy the IP address next to it, which is usually something like 192.168.x.x. If there is a note in parentheses after the address, ignore it.

IPv4 DNS servers address on Windows 11

macOS

Users of a Mac must click on the Apple menu and then choose System Preferences… Then, in the window that says “System Preferences,” choose “Network.” Then, in the Network window, choose the network you’re connected to.

Mac Network settings

Click on the right network, then click on Advanced… in the bottom right corner of the Network window. Under the TCP/IP tab in the Advanced window, look for Router. You should see the IP address of your router besides it.

Advanced Network settings

in the next page we will jump to Android and iOS

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