Reinstall Netgear Router Firmware Without Setup CD Recovery Tool

Sometimes, Netgear router firmware may become corrupted preventing the router from booting up and functioning properly. In this case, you can use the setup CD which came with the purchase. This setup CD includes a firmware recovery tool that can be used to correct this malfunction.

But what if your router didn't ship with any setup CD or your router is older whose CD has already lost or misplaced? No worries! We have got you covered!

In this post, we will walk you through the steps to reinstall the firmware on your Netgear router without using the setup CD. Read on.

Identify Firmware Failure by One of the Following Symptoms:
  • Steady amber power light
  • Router's power light is blinking green
  • Router doesn't assign DHCP address to local clients after factory reset
  • Unable to access the router's admin web user interface
So if you are seeing one of the aforementioned symptoms on your router, then it's time to reinstall the firmware.

Without further ado, let's get to know how to reinstall Netgear router firmware without the setup CD recovery tool.

Steps to Reinstall Netgear Router Firmware

1. Open one of the installed web browsers on your computer.
2. Type in the web address bar and hit Enter.
3. The default router login page will appear.
4. Input the username and password into the provided fields.
5. Once done, click on the Log In button.
6. The router dashboard will come into view.
7. Click on the Check button.
8. Wait for some time and let it find if any new firmware is available for your router.
9. If found, download that firmware version on your PC.
10. Now, download the TFTP client software.
11. Make sure that your Netgear WiFi router is turned on.
12. Assign a static IP address to your computer.
13. Run the TFTP software.
14. Enter the default password of your router in the Password field.
15. Browse and upload the firmware file you have downloaded earlier.
16. Click on the Update button and let the process get completed.

As soon as you see a steady power light, it means that the firmware has successfully updated.

Bonus Tips
If you are still troubling while updating the router's firmware, consider the following tips to save yourself from any sort of technical issue:
  • Ensure that the router is receiving proper power supply from the wall socket.
  • Be cautious while typing the web address into the address bar. The entered web address should not contain any typing errors.
  • Make sure that the web browser you use is up-to-date.
  • Before accessing, it is recommended to clear cache, cookies, and history of the web browser you are going to use.
  • If you are still facing issues with router login, switch to another web browser.
  • Place your router to an optimal location.
  • Keep in mind to position your router away from electronic appliances, metal objects, and reflexive surfaces.
  • Do not download the router firmware from any unknown resources.
  • Make sure to download the right version of the router firmware.
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