This tutorial will guide you on how to reinstall the corrupted firmware of Netgear Router and the symptoms would be continuous blinking of green power light, not booting the router properly, getting the error like failed firmware update etc. In case if you gone through any of the above mentioned symptoms, it is recommended to perform a router firmware update to get the login page that helps to configure Netgear Router.
Perform the update if one found the unusual behavior of the router like mentioned below
- Continuous blinking of power LED/solid amber
- Not getting the login page or booting problem
- Getting error like failed to update the firmware
These are the actual symptoms one need to observer before deciding to perform a firmware update of Netgear Router. We have seen many people who throws the router away by deciding themselves that the device got bricked. But, really it’s not. With the help of firmware update, we can repair the bricked router into working condition. Do follow the steps that we’re going to mention below carefully and in this process you don’t need any setup disk. Let’s go ahead.
Reinstall the firmware on a router without the setup CD
Step 1: To get started, save the latest firmware from http://support.netgear.com as .zip file. This archive file includes Netgear Firmware update and documentation. Extract it.
Step 2: You need to have TFTP client software which can be downloaded from here (Windows / MAC). You may ask, how to download these software without having internet connection. Please get those by approaching any cafe or connecting the cable directly to the PC.
Step 3: Assign the static IP address to complete the update process. Open “Network and Sharing Center” and here from the active connection, set the IP address to static of 192.168.1.x or 192.168.0.x. If you’re unsure how to do it, let us know. We will make a dedicated tutorial on the same.
Step 4: Now open Command Prompt and ping with the IP address given in the step 3. Syntax “ping 192.168.1.10”. You should get replies.
Step 5: Open downloaded “tftp.exe” software and enter the details in the required fields
Server: Pinged Static IP address configured in Step 3
Password: Router default password (admin or password)
File: Browse the firmware update file. Should link the extracted file and not the .zip file
Step 6: Now turn off the router and power it on after 10 seconds. While the router tries to connect to the network (in boot process or lights blinking), select the “Upgrade” button.
Step 7: It will take few seconds to minutes to complete the upgrade process. Once the upgrade finishes, the light stops blinking and it should working normally like before.
We hope this tutorial helped you to perform the firmware upgrade of Netgear Router. In case if you gone through any issues, do let us know via comment section or using contact form.