Firmware is usually a low-level software that’s installed on your hardware. In the case of your router, the operating system is the firmware. Similar to the regular updates in Windows, you must update the firmware of Asus router with the latest security patches and fixes to make sure it performs well.
Whenever the manufacturer checks for any security vulnerability, they directly fix it as part of a firmware patch. With Firmware updates, you also fix bugs and improve the overall performance of your router. Certain times, new features are added during the firmware update. In a few words, it's really a good idea to update the firmware of Asus router. Once you install the updates you are adding to router performance.
Before you start to update the firmware of the Asus router, you can brick your router. Sometimes, this process might involve the settings being wiped out and you just need to reset it, then leave it unplugged for about 15 minutes. Thereafter, you must connect it via an Ethernet cable and set it up again from scratch.
While at other times, it’s seriously the opposite side where you need to use the firmware recovery utility or try to downgrade it. In any case, you are required to have a backup router ready with you. Hopefully, if you are using your old routers, do make sure they work following the step below.
Connect to your router either using a wired or wireless connection. Next, launch any installed web browser and quickly visit http://router.asus.com. But, if that doesn’t work, then type and enter your router’s IP address (usually http://192.168.1.1).
You can regularly update the firmware of the Asus router in order to get the latest updates for your router. You either have the option to update on ASUSWRT or update it manually.
Step 1. Launch any installed web browser on your system and visit ASUSWRT (http://router.asus.com).
Step 2. As an action result, you will find a pop-up message at the upper right corner of your screen. You can check whether a new version of firmware is available or not.
Step 3. Next, click on Update now option and you will be redirected to Administration > System page. Lastly, you can click on the Firmware Upgrade option.
Step 4. Next, you will have to wait for a few minutes until the upload is completed.
Step 1. Initially, download the latest version of the router firmware for your device. This latest release of firmware is available on the Asus Website (Let us assume RT-AX88U router as an example). Corresponding to your router model, the support page is available for your router on the Asus Networking website:
Step 2. Secondly, download the file on your local system and then unzip the file. Once unzipped, you will find a w. file (present on the right).
Step 3. Launch an installed web browser on your system and then navigate to ASUSWRT (http://router.asus.com). Type and enter the username and password in the provided fields.
Step 4. Search for Administration option in Advanced Settings >> Firmware Upgrade >> Upload.
Step 5. Select the firmware file that you want to upload and click on the Open button to upload the firmware file.
Step 6. Finally, you can wait for some minutes until the upload process is completed.
Hope this guide helps to update the firmware of Asus router.