Netgear Router Firmware Update

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Updating your router firmware can help improve connectivity and keep your router secure as well. We recommend installing the latest available updates to keep your network safe and efficient. Most routers have a built-in update checker, which would execute the entire process automatically.

Do NetGear router firmware update automatically?

NetGear routers can update themselves automatically, but one has to enter web GUI (Graphical User Interface) or use NetGear genie which examines if new firmware for the respective model is available and provides you a notice to update, one simply has to press button to make an update. Both ways, routers will automatically start downloading the new firmware and make a flash of new firmware.

How to scan if router needs a firmware update?

NetGear systematically releases firmware updates to enhance product performance, add new facets, and improve security. You can visit, you might as well sight a message at the top of dashboard stating that new Netgear wireless router firmware update is available. You can click on that message also, for checking if new firmware is available and to update the router.

How to check for new NetGear modem firmware update:

Step 1: Open a new browser from your computer, or cell phone which is connected to your router’s network. Web browser suggestions are Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Internet Explorer (considering the security parameters)

Note: We highly recommend you to connect the PC with router via an Ethernet cable while updating the firmware.

Step 2: In your browser’s address bar, type in

Click or simply tap Enter.

The router login window will display.

Step 3: Enter in your admin user name and password.

Note: Default user name is “admin”, the default password is “password” and are case-sensitive.

In case you forget your login details (admin username and password), click on link: How do I recover my NETGEAR admin password using the password recovery feature?

Step 4: Select Advanced > Administration or Settings > Administration.

Note: The label varies by router. 

Step 5: Select Firmware Update/ Router Update. Click or tap Check.

The router will start searching for a new firmware.

Tap YES if update is available

The  NetGear modem firmware update will take place inside the Netgear routerWARNING: For error free download of firmware, do not interrupt the update, as in do not close the respective browser, load a new page or jump to another link. Do not turn off the router Do routers need updates?