If you have done a Netgear Nighthawk extender setup at your home, then you must know it is very important to update it regularly. Netgear keeps releasing firmware updates for its devices on a regular basis. It is the extender owner’s responsibility to get these firmware updates installed on their devices. Although the firmware updates get done automatically, you need to keep a check on the updates and see that your device is running on the most recent firmware version. In this article, we are going to discuss how to update the firmware on your Netgear extender via the Nighthawk app.
Steps to Do Netgear Extender Firmware Update
1st Step: Power Up Extender
To initiate the firmware update process via Nighthawk app, turn on your Netgear extender first. You need to plug the extender’s power cable into an active wall outlet. Turn on the power button. The lights on the extender will turn on. Once they are stable, you can move to the next step.
Note: In case the Power LED does not turn solid, check the power socket and the power cable.
2nd Step: Connect to Host Router
The further step is to make the connection between the Netgear wireless range extender and the host router. You can connect them wirelessly. But we recommend you make the connection between the two devices using an Ethernet cable. This is since a cabled connection is more stable and there are fewer chances of disconnections. If you are choosing the wireless connection, then ensure to place them at an optimum distance.
3rd Step: Download the Nighthawk App
Grab your smartphone first and unlock it if needed. Make certain that it is accessing the correct home network. Head towards the Application Store to download the Netgear Nighthawk app. In case you own an Android phone, then it is the Play Store that you need to access. In case you have an iPhone, then you need to access the App Store.
In the search bar of the application store, type Netgear Nighthawk app. When the search results appear, by clicking on the correct search result, download and install the Netgear Nighthawk app.
4th Step: Do the Login
As soon as the Nighthawk app gets installed on your phone, tap on its icon and launch it. Upon opening up, you will be prompted to enter the login details in the given fields. Insert the admin login credentials carefully without any typing errors. Click on the Log In button. You will be logged in to the Netgear admin dashboard on the Nighthawk app.
5th Step: Update Firmware
When you are logged in, you will reach the Nighthawk extender setup page. Here select your extender and you will reach the settings of your extender. Tap on the three dots at the right top corner of your mobile screen. Next tap on Check for Updates. The device will then begin looking for new firmware updates. Tapping on the Update option will begin updating your extender if any update is available.
Make sure that you are not interrupting the firmware update process by doing any other activity on your phone. Do not power off the extender as well. Your Netgear extender will restart once it gets updated.
You can now check the firmware version installed on your Netgear extender to confirm if it has been updated or not.
How to Fix Netgear Extender Firmware Failure Issues:
In case the firmware is not getting updated, then use the tip given ahead to fix the problem
- Ensure that the power supply to the Netgear WiFi extender is adequate.
- There ought to be a stable internet connection available to avoid any issues.
- Use a good Ethernet cable to connect the extender to the host router.
- If the devices are connected wirelessly, then place them extender within the range of the router network.
- Make sure that the firmware update process is not getting interrupted by any means.
Wrapping Things Up
We are sure that by using the tips given ahead, you will be able to update the firmware on your Netgear wireless range extender without any trouble. You are going to notice a drastic improvement in the WiFi signals from your extender after the firmware gets updated.