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Updating your Belkin router’s firmware


A firmware update contains encoded instructions to help improve the performance of your Belkin router.  It could also resolve issues that the previous firmware version may have.  This article discusses how to update the firmware of Belkin routers through the web-based setup page.

IMPORTANT:  You need to remember the following:
  • Before starting the troubleshooting process, make sure that your computer is connected to the router using an ethernet cable for stable connection to prevent update failures.  Updating the firmware wirelessly may cause permanent damage to the router due to unstable connection during the process.
  • It is important to back up your router's settings before updating the firmware.  For more information on how to back up your settings on your Belkin router, click here.
To manually update the firmware of your Belkin router, you need to complete the following steps:

i.   Checking the model and version number of your router
ii.  Downloading the firmware
iii. Performing the update

Checking the model and version number of your router

The model and version number of your router can be found on the label at the bottom of the router.  In the example below, the model number is F5D8236-4 and 3 is the version number.  For detailed instructions on how to find your device model, version and serial numbers, click here.

 
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Downloading the firmware

Before updating the firmware of your router, you will need to download and save the updated firmware file from the Belkin Support Site to your computer.  If you encounter problems in downloading your router's firmware, you may use another browser or clear the cache of your browser.  To learn how to download the updated firmware, click here.

 
QUICK TIP:  Belkin routers have the Save/Backup Settings and Restore Previous Settings features which allow you to save your current router configuration settings and to retrieve a previously backed up configuration.  To learn more about saving and restoring  your router's settings, click here

Performing the update

The router's firmware can be updated through its web-based setup page.

NOTE:  If you are updating the router's firmware through the Belkin Dashboard, click here.

Step 1:
Launch a web browser and enter your router's local IP address in the Address bar.  You may also use "http://router" instead then press [Enter].
 
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NOTE:  The Belkin router's default IP address is 192.168.2.1.  If this doesn't work, check your router's IP address.  For instructions, click here.

Step 2:
Click Login at the top-right corner of the page.
 
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Step 3:
Enter your router's Password if you have one.  Otherwise, leave the field blank then click Submit.
 
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Step 4:
On the Utilities section in the left navigation panel, click Firmware Update.
 
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Step 5:
Click Browse... and search for the file you saved previously.
 
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NOTE:  For Mac® computers, downloaded files are usually saved in the Downloads folder.

Step 6:
Select the firmware file and click Open.

NOTE:  The firmware version in the image below is just an example.  Your file name will vary depending on your router's model and version number.
 
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Step 7:
Click Update.

 
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Step 8:
You will be prompted to continue with the upgrade.  Click OK.

 
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Step 9:
A prompt that advises you NOT to turn off or reboot the router at the end of the upgrade will appear.  Click OK.

 
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The firmware update status will then appear. 

IMPORTANT:  Make sure that you DO NOT INTERRUPT OR UNPLUG THE ROUTER during the update process.

 
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Step 10:
Once the update is complete, you will be prompted to wait for few seconds.

 
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Step 11:
Click OK after the router is done rebooting.
 
NOTE:  If you experience failure or see an error message when updating the firmware, powercycle your router and computer before running the update again.  If this doesn't work, repeat the same process on another computer to further isolate the issue.  If the issue still persists, reset the router to factory defaults and run the update again.

You should now have successfully updated the firmware of the Belkin router.  If the internet connection is lost after updating the firmware, you will need to restore the configuration that was previously set on the router. 


Related Articles:

How to reconnect the router after the firmware upgrade
How to update the router’s firmware using the Belkin Monitor Software
Updating the router’s firmware through the Belkin Dashboard
Belkin router firmware updates
Resetting the Belkin router to its factory default settings

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