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Upgrading the Router Software

Tip: To ensure you are always using the latest firmware, enable the Firmware Upgrade Assistant feature so that the router will automatically detect a new version of the firmware on the Internet and alert you to its availability.

This screen appears at login unless you check Do Not Display This Message Again and click Yes.

Figure 6-6

Tip: Before upgrading the router software, use the router backup menu to save your configuration settings. Any router upgrade will revert the router settings back to the factory defaults. After completing the upgrade, you can restore your settings from the backup.

The routing software of the WPN824 router is stored in FLASH memory, and can be upgraded as new software is released by NETGEAR. Upgrade files can be downloaded from the NETGEAR Web site. If the upgrade file is compressed (.ZIP file), you must first extract the file before sending it to the router. The upgrade file can be sent to the router using your browser.

Note: The Web browser used to upload new firmware into the WPN824 router must support HTTP uploads. NETGEAR recommends using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator 3.0 or above.

From the main menu of the browser interface, under the Maintenance heading, select Router Upgrade to display the menu shown below.

Figure 6-7

To upload new firmware:

  1. Download and unzip (if the download file is a .zip file) the new software file from NETGEAR.
  2. In the Router Upgrade menu, click the Browse button and browse to the location of the upgrade file.
  3. Click Upload.

    Warning: When uploading software to the WPN824 router, it is important not to interrupt the Web browser by closing the window, clicking a link, or loading a new page. If the browser is interrupted, it may corrupt the software. When the upload is complete, your router will automatically restart. The upgrade process will typically take about one minute.

In some cases, you may need to reconfigure the router after upgrading.

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