Over the past several weeks I’d been having the occasional problem with my internet connection while on my iMac. A simple disconnect and reconnect with Airport would offer a quick fix, but after starting to get booted offline multiple times daily, figured it was time to drop what I was doing and look for a fix.
My best guess was that it was probably some issue with my router, so my first check was to see if the firmware was up to date.
How to know if your Belkin N+ Wireless Router needs a firmware update
- Go to your router configuration screen by entering in the home network default router ip address: 192.168.2.1.
- Click on Firmware Update in the bottom, left-hand column of the screen.
- Enter your password if you have one – leave the field blank if you don’t – then click Submit.
- Click the Check Firmware button to see if you have the latest version.
If the pop-up window shows there is a more recent update to your router’s firmware, then download it. Once downloaded, browse to the downloaded firmare update file and click the ‘Update’ button. This should update your router’s firmware, if things are working as intended, but for me that wasn’t the case. I received this message:
Firmware Update Failure: You have attempted to install an incompatible firmware version. Your router will now reboot.
If this happens to you, all you need to do is download the file from the Belkin website. This is actually the best way to go anyway, as you can be sure that you’ll always be getting the latest version of firmware. The router control panel is not 100% reliable in showing the most current available firmware version.
Obtaining the firmware update from the Belkin website
- Go to this support page.
- Choose your router type from the ones listed in the right-hand column.
- Select the proper version for your router. You can find this on the router itself, or just check the ‘Version Info’ from the router setup page at the home screen, just after typing: 192.168.2.1.
- Download the file.
- Go back to the Firmware Update page in your router’s control panel, browse to the downloaded file and click the ‘Update’ button.
Your progress bar will start to show a successful update process, then after a short while your router will reboot.
You should be all set now!
I hope this post helps those of you who may have experienced the same troubles with your Belkin wireless router firmware update.
And by the way… updating my firmware took care of the internet connection issues I was experiencing on my iMac — I’m pretty happy about that! 😀