Why upgrade your router’s firmware? Well, for performance improvements and occasionally a new feature or two. “Whenever you have a problem, check to see if you have good firmware. Sometimes there are little bugs out there, and the router manufacturer may already have a fix,” says Kalle. When you buy a new router, it’s always a good idea to check for the latest firmware as well.
The solution: Keep your firmware up-to-date. With older devices, you’ll have to access the router’s administrative interface (typically through a Web browser) to check for updates. The process is getting easier, though. “[Belkin] routers have an application—it’s almost like iTunes—that tells you whenever there’s new firmware available,” says Kalle. “The user can update by just pushing a button.”
Although the workings of your router may seem mysterious, following these simple tips can go a long way toward keeping your home wireless network in working order.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.