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Why is it important to keep my router's firmware up to date, and how can I easily update it?

julienester
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Why is it important to keep my router's firmware up to date, and how can I easily update it?

Hello everyone,

I've recently been told that I need to update the firmware on my router, but I'm not entirely sure why or how to do it. In our connected world, routers play an important role in our daily lives, and I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to keep my network secure and efficient. Can anyone provide some insight on the importance of firmware updates and offer some advice on easy and safe ways to keep my router software current? I would really appreciate it.

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microchip8
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Re: Why is it important to keep my router's firmware up to date, and how can I easily update it?

Updates can contain bug fixes and security updates. These 2 alone are enough to keep updating when new versions come out.

As for updating itself, read this: https://kb.netgear.com/23442/How-do-I-update-the-firmware-on-my-NETGEAR-router-with-a-web-browser
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plemans
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Re: Why is it important to keep my router's firmware up to date, and how can I easily update it?

what router do you have? Many of them automatically update the firmware if its enabled. 

https://kb.netgear.com/000038662/How-do-I-enable-disable-auto-firmware-update

 

 

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Re: Why is it important to keep my router's firmware up to date, and how can I easily update it?


@plemans wrote:

what router do you have? Many of them automatically update the firmware if its enabled. 

https://kb.netgear.com/000038662/How-do-I-enable-disable-auto-firmware-update

 

 


And many of us turn off that feature because it can cause grief ...  and dead routers.

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Re: Why is it important to keep my router's firmware up to date, and how can I easily update it?


@microchip8 wrote:
Updates can contain bug fixes and security updates.

New firmware can also add new features that were not available in the original release.

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