What is Netgear Router Firmware?

A Firmware is the Operating system of the device. It is basically the software that is used by hardware which gives commands to interact with the other devices in the system so that you can perform tasks on the hardware. The complex operations that are carried out in our day to day lives on the hardware that have become such a prominent thing in our lives, are all run by some sort of Firmware. Every device needs a Firmware . For example, the computer that you’re reading this on contains a lot of different Firmwares present at the same time. Even the mouse that you’re using to scroll contains a Firmware. The Firmware is turns a single click from your mouse into readable electrical signals and then converts it into something that your computer can understand. This is how your mouse executes the operation of a single click.

Your Netgear router has this software. Firmware is encapsulated in your Netgear router and is responsible for providing network protocols, administrative controls and security to your router. When a user installs the router he/she is actually accessing the firmware stored on the hard drive or ROM. This allows a user to configure administrative options and security of the router. A user can manually update the firmware or update it automatically. In an automatic update, whenever a new firmware is available it gets downloaded automatically. In manual upgrade, however, a user has to access the web based user interface of the router and select the firmware update option.


Netgear is one of the foremost providers of secure networking hardware to the users. They provide very reliable routers which promise to provide a very good user experience. The routers contain smaller hardware pieces which are fit together and are controlled by a software which is known as the Firmware of the device. The firmware is responsible for all the actions undertaken by the router. Just like any other software, the firmware also needs to be updated so that the router stays compatible with the latest media devices. This way, the user doesn’t have to go around buying a new router every time they wish to buy a new media device.

The New Firmware Will Bring

Compatibility with the latest media devices
Enhanced security update to protect sensitive data.
Bug fixes and will resolve previously faced issues.
New features to the router.
Provide overall enhanced speed boosts.

The added security features and the bug fixes are the main concerns during the firmware update. This is to ensure that the user can use their router without any problems. Sensitive information like he private information of the user, their emails and passwords, their banking information when they buy something online passes through the router. Netgear releases firmware updates regularly so that the user can stay up to date with the router.

Troubleshooting steps to update the firmware of the Netgear WNDR4300v3 Router

  1. Open any internet browser on the same device that is connected to the Netgear router.
  2. Open the NETGEAR Download Center and download the latest firmware of the router. Make sure that you type in the correct model number of the router and that you are downloading the latest firmware for.
  3. Now, open any internet browser and type www.routerlogin.net in the address bar. Press enter; the user will be taken to the login page of the router. There, the user will be prompted to enter the default information of the router.
  4. The default username is “admin” and the default password is “password” for most of the routers. The username and password are case sensitive.
  5. The web based interface will appear. There, select the ADVANCED tab. Click on Administration.
  6. Click the Firmware Update or Router Update option. The option may be different for different router models.
  7. Click Choose File or Browse option to locate the previously downloaded file.
  8. Click Open. Now, click the Update option.

Take note that the user his recommended to update the firmware of the router every time. Netgear releases firmware updates regularly so that the users can stay up to date and so that the security on the router is kept in check. Recently, the FBI issued a warning regarding the Russian Malware that had hit hundreds of thousands of Netgear routers. The Russian Malware was kicked out when the users updated the firmware .

Why should you update router’s firmware or why it is important to do so?

  • Firmware has programs so each time an update is available; a new program is added to the firmware.
  • Functionality of the device improves with the firmware update.
  • The above helps in fixing the bugs that you encounter.
  • It protects you from vulnerabilities.
  • Also provides a more secure network for you.
  • A new firmware always has some features added to it.

How to Manually update a Netgear Router Firmware?

Two methods are there by which you can update the Netgear router firmware. We are providing steps for both methods one by one. Now, follow the steps given below if you want to update the firmware manually. The steps are easy and in simple language so that a user can follow them without any query.

  1. Download the new firmware available from the download center of Netgear. Make sure you are downloading the correct file for your Netgear router model.
  2. Connect a computer or laptop to the router using an Ethernet cable. Open an internet browser from this computer. Please do not use a wireless connection while updating the firmware as it may corrupt the firmware.
  3. In the URL bar of the browser, type default web address or IP address of your Netgear router. Default web address is routerlogin.net or you can use routerlogin.com.
  4. In the given fields of username and password, fill the information of your router and then click on login or sign in button.
  5. The basic home page of your Netgear router web interface displays after successful login. Go to advanced settings and then administration.
  6. Go to firmware update option and click on browse button to select the downloaded file stored on your computer.
  7. Select the file and upload it. Wait till the router’s firmware updates successfully.

The Netgear router will reboot itself after the process has been finished. Do not hesitate to take our help, if you face any issue while doing so. We will guide you to resolve your problems.

How to update the Netgear firmware using Check button?

There is a check button for the router firmware in the web based user interface of Netgear router. A user can also update the firmware using this button, yet, the process of how it has to be done is given below. Follow the instructions given here and you will have a new router firmware in no time.

  1. Join a computer or other device to your Netgear router network using an Ethernet cable. Use a wired connection as it protects your Netgear router from being corrupting.
  2. To open the Netgear router login page, use routerlogin.net or www.routerlogin.netin the address bar of your browser.
  3. Enter the username and password in the respective fields. By default the username is ‘admin’ and password is ‘password’. If in case you have changed the login credentials then use the changed one rather than these default values.
  4. Go to advanced settings and then administration. Select firmware update or router firmware update option. Select the check option.
  5. Now, it will automatically check if a new firmware is available or not. If yes then it will further ask the user if he/she wants to update it or not. Select yes.
  6. It then downloads the firmware for your router model and update it. 

Same happens in this case also. Your router reboots after the process is finished. So, you have to wait for a while for a new firmware. The processing time varies from router to router. It usually takes 5 to 10 minutes to update the Netgear router firmware.

Latest news from FBI related to routers

A recent news by the FBI says that your router is in danger as a new malware called Russian malware is infecting your Netgear router or any other router you have for the internet. The name of the malware is VPNFilter. The FBI is saying you can protect your router from this malware by rebooting it. Reboot process is simple as you have to just plug out your router and then wait for 30 seconds and again plug it in. Wait till the router gets an internet connection. Rebooting process can protect your router as FBI claims that it has stopped the source of the malware. 

A list of router that can be affected by this malware are given below. If you have a router from any of these then reboot it as soon as possible.

  • The Netgear WNR2000 
  • Netgear DGN2200 router
  • Netgear router R6400
  • The Netgear R7000
  • Router Netgear R8000
  • Netgear WNR1000

It can also be controlled by updating the firmware and changing the router password. For security reasons and internet of things it is mandatory to take these steps to protect your router says FBI.

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