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How do I upgrade my Router’s firmware

Upgrading your firmware can improve the performance and reliability of your router. But remember that before you upgrade the firmware of your router you must make sure you have the correct firmware update for your router based on the model and version number. Improper upgrade of firmware can cause your router to stop working – the functionality that you have currently may be lost.

If you are sure about your firmware, here’s how you go about it.

  • Log into your router page. Under the Status option you will see a Runtime code version. This is the version of your firmware. Make a note of it.
  • Go to your router’s website and see if your version of firmware is current with the latest version. If it isn’t go ahead and download the latest version.
  • Keep track of where the downloaded file is getting stored – in your desktop or any of the other drives.
  • Now in your router page go to the firmware upgrade option. It should be under Setup or Administration. The options differ based on your router’s make.
  • Browse and select the file you just downloaded and select upgrade.

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Does a router replace a modem

A router and a modem are two individual devices which work in unison to enable all the users across the network to go online. A router can’t replace a modem. To understand this better let’s see how each of these devices function.

A modem is the device you require to hook up your PC to your ISP and go online. It uses your regular phone line system to do so. Modems come in different speeds, higher the speed, faster the internet connection.

A modem can be either a dial-up one, where you connect to your ISP using your phone line or a Broadband one. A broadband modem is one which connects your computer to your cable or Telephone company’s network, and is controlled by devices on that network. A broadband modem is much faster than its dial-up counterpart.

A router on the other hand is the device that takes care of the traffic between all the devices in the network. The router connects all the computers on the network. When you connect the modem to the router, the router gets the internet connection from the modem and passes it to the multiple devices. A router in the true sense is a device that connects any two networks.

Routers are often used as Internet gateways, especially for small networks like those used in homes and small offices. Here the Internet connection is a broadband connection like cable modem or DSL which is always-on. A router at home connects the ISP’s network with the Local Network at home.

So now that you have connected your modem to the router, multiple network users can go online. 

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What to do when your router slows down your internet connection speed

When you see that your internet connection speed is very slow, make sure that the problem you are facing is not at your ISP’s end. If you think it’s got to do with your network, here are a few options you can try to troubleshoot.

Option 1: Power-cycle your router and modem.

This is one of the basic steps you need to do. It’s like restarting your computer to fix any issues. Power-cycling will take care of any IP related issues your network may be facing. To do this:

  • Unplug your router power cable and then your modem power cable. Now wait for 45 seconds before you plug your modem back on and then your router. Now restart your computer.
  • Now try to go online and check your connection speed.
  • Option 2: Check your firewall settings.

    See if your computer’s firewall or your anti-virus is causing this problem. Since your router has its own in-built firewall, try disabling your system’s firewall and see if it fixes the problem. Here’s how you do it:

  • Click on Start go to All Programs and click on Accessories.
  • Go to System Tools and then clickon Security Center.
  • In the window that opens, click on Windows Firewall.
  • To turn off Windows Firewall, click Off, and then click OK
  • Remember - Turning off windows firewall is not always recommended. 
    Since the router may not be equipped to block services, turning off windows firewall, allows windows to advertise services.When the service is advertised any one who does port scanning, will discover these services, which may be result in a security vulnerability.

    Now try to go online and check your internet connection speed is faster.

    Option 3: Check on the MTU – Maximum Transmission Unit size in the router.

  • Log into your router page from your browser. Click on Setup. Make sure that the MTU option is at Manual.
  • The MTU Size should be 1492. Click on save settings.
  • Now try to go online and check if your internet connection speed is faster.

    Option 4: Working with the Beacon value settings.

  • Log into your router page and click on the Wireless option and select the Advance wireless settings.
  • Changethe Beacon values to 80 and click on Save settings.
  • Now check on your internet connection speed. It should be better now.

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How to Log into your Router Page when you dont know the Default Gateway

You can log into your router page using your browser, if you have your default gateway address. All you need to do is type your default gateway address in the Address bar of your browser and hit enter. This will take you to the router login page.

If you don’t know your default gateway address, here’s how you go about determining it. Before you begin, make sure your computer is connected to the LAN port of your router. The light on this port should be lit up.

  • Click on Start, go to Run.In the textbox that shows up, type cmd and click on OK.
  • In the black screen type in ipconfig and press Enter.
  • You will find the ipaddresssubnet mask and the default gateway.
  • Type in “ping” followed by your default gateway addressand hit enter.
  • You will see four replies and the ping statistics shown.
  • This shows that your router and computer are able to communicate with each other.

Open your browser and type your default gateway address in the Address bar and hit enter. Your router login screen will show up. You can now login with the default username and password which came with your router.

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