How do I Update Latest Firmware on My Netgear Router?

routerIs your Netgear router not working up to the mark? Router connected but internet is not working as per your expectations? Are you unable to access setup page due to slow internet? If your answer is a big yes, then this post would be helpful to you. Yes, you read it right! To improve your router’s overall performance, updating its firmware to the latest version would be a wise decision.

Let’s get started!

How to Update Netgear Router Firmware?

There are 2 easy ways to update the latest firmware on your Netgear router. They are:

1. Using the Nighthawk app

2. Via the router's web user interface

We will discuss both the methods one by one!


Before getting started, we suggest you power cycle or restart your router first. This process will refresh your router and make the firmware update process run smoothly.

Netgear Router Update Using Netgear Nighthawk App

Do you want to update your router’s firmware using a mobile device? If yes, download and install the Netgear Nighthawk app on your smartphone. Walk through the easy-to-execute steps highlighted below to download the latest firmware for your Netgear router using any mobile device.

1. Turn on your mobile device. Ensure that it is fully charged.

2. Then, connect your smartphone to the home WiFi network.

3. Open the Play Store or App store.

4. Search for Netgear Nighthawk app.

5. Once found, download and install it.

6. As soon as the app gets installed on your smartphone, open it.

7. Enter your admin details when prompted.

8. Tap on Sign In.

9. The dashboard of your Netgear router displays.

10. Select your Netgear router’s model.

11. Tap on “Check For Updates”.

12. If the new firmware is available, tap on Update.

After you tap on Update, do not try to go online or turn off the router. Your Netgear router will restart after finishing the firmware update process.

Thus, you can update the Netgear router firmware using the Nighthawk app. Now, let’s have a quick glance to install the latest firmware on your device using its web user interface.

Netgear Router Firmware Update Using Web User Interface

Follow the steps outlined underneath to download and install the latest firmware on your Netgear router via web user interface:

1. Power on your Netgear router and ensure to provide it a steady power supply.

2. Connect the Netgear device to your modem via an Ethernet cable. Connecting your devices with each other wirelessly will also work.

3. Next, turn on a PC or a laptop and pull up a web browser on it.

4. Navigate to the browser’s address bar and type

5. Fill in the router’s admin name and password into the required fields and click on Log In.

6. Head over to the router’s Settings and click on Administration.

7. Select Firmware Update and click on Check.

8. Is the new firmware version available for your router model? If yes, download it by clicking on Yes.

That is it! In this manner, you can easily update your router’s firmware using the web user interface.


You can also use the default Netgear router IP address i.e. to access the Settings page.

In a Nutshell

These were 2 easy ways through which you can easily update the latest firmware on your Netgear router. The latest firmware updates improve your product performance, add new features, enhance security, and fix all router-related issues. Still, you can’t download and install the new firmware for your Netgear router or make the most out of it, feel free to get in touch with us anytime via comments. We have a team of the finest technicians in the world who are 24x7 available to handle the queries of our customers.