[ BEFORE YOU BEGIN ]
much care should be taken when considering a firmware update, for it changes the hardware instead of a simple software update . what it basically does is three-folds :
- tries to make the device more “perfect” by patching initial internal flaws, found after manufacture date
- make the device more compatible with newer computer systems
- and implement tighter security from latest threats, as more routers come with virus protection and more as firmware advances – trying to stop danger at virtual doorsteps before it even gets into your system . however router companies are no virus gurus, so it can seriously interfere with your connection speed and stability . thus better to disable it (as usually is default) and instead : install a dependable virus software (some popular ones even FREE for personal use) on your computer 😉
some companies stop upgrading firmware after a certain time from production, and seldom on unpopular models . however ipTime is one of those exemplary start-ups that constantly do, as well as keeping close contact with users through immediate support both on consultation AND repair . so while you want to upgrade firmware on fore-mentioned type of models or companies that announced a new one after several Months, it really is not necessary to upgrade to every new ipTime firmware because they upgrade almost twice a Month – and that is quite often aside from an unstable product released in a hurry .
thus recommended ONLY if you have problems with current firmware . I once again accentuate the TWO crucial aspects of computing : back-up ! and think three-times before you contemplate to tweak (which casual switching and/or altering) firmware !
[ HOW TO UPGRADE FIRMWARE ]
photo below shows the menu on its default setting : to automatically find AND upgrade to the latest firmware from ipTime server, via internet connection ( ipTime offers English menu on firmware of one model only, which is shown to explain here as layout is the same with their Korean firmware )
*above rare English capture is for reference only, as over-all firmware menu is in Korean and even location change once in a while .
however many things can go wrong in the process especially when downloading .. so the second option is more safe :
- first download your latest firmware version from their official site,
- then click on [Manual Upgrade] above in yellow, then a box will appear to search that downloaded file from your computer .
- the process will take a minute or two, after which the router will turn-off and reboot by itself . although current computers and our life atuned to it is multi-taskable : do NOT do anything else during this process, short of holding your breath .. um which I do every single time, phew ~
plus some points to mention :
- although earlier routers required you to reset the device to factory setting after a firmware upgrade, and manufacturers still suggest you do : it really is not necessary as all your personal settings are intact .
- again in the past say, half a decade ago it may have been necessary to revert to an older firmware after discovering some aspect of the device not working properly with your current system . but now an up-to-date company like ipTime constantly improves their firmware, so it is safe to proceed onto higher firmware versions .
– Korea Tech BLog on New Years 2014 –