So you have a wireless router that has been quietly serving Wi-Fi to your household for many years? Chances are, if you answered yes to either question, you may not have upgraded your router’s firmware in quite some time.
Because Cisco Linksys are the most common home router, this article shows the process on a Cisco E4200 wireless router. Keeping the router up-to-date is just as important as keeping your system’s hardware and software current.
Remember each router is different, but upgrading the firmware is essentially the same process. Now that you’re logged into the router, view the firmware version currently on the router. Visit the Cisco Linksys support site and select you router’s model to see if there is an updated version. Make sure not to do anything else on your computer while the process is active. You won’t be able to access the Internet or network while it’s rebooting.
We recommend that you update your Linksys router firmware only if you are experiencing problems with it or require certain additional functionalities. We strongly recommend that you update the firmware of the router using a wired connection because doing it wirelessly risks interruption that could harm your router Lastly, you need a computer.
Any computer would do as long as it has an ethernet port and has a recent version of any web browser installed Once you have gathered all the requirements you are now ready to update the Linksys router firmware The default IP address of most Linksys routers is 192.168.1.1 and the default username and password are both admin.
Owners and administrators of Linksys home routers are being advised to update and secure their devices following reports of active attacks on a flaw present in at least two models.