Updating your router

Even if you don’t have brand new tech toys you still benefit from upgrading a dated router.

Routers are the oft-ignored work horses of the home network.

Most people hardly pay any attention to them unless there is a big malfunction, and people may not consider upgrading them any more than they consider upgrading their washing machine.

Unfortunately, this leads to a situation where the important-but-ignored router ends up being a source of degraded internet connection quality and a diminished user experience for everyone on your network.

This will take you to the router's dashboard page -- but you may need a username and password to gain access.

If you never changed the defaults, you should be able to find them in the instruction manual.

If you’re worried about the cost of upgrading, don’t be.

You don’t have to run out and drop 0 on a flagship router to make a real difference in Wi-Fi performance (but make no mistake those flagship routers are pretty awesome).Upgrading to a current generation router is a cheap and effective way to improve your home network in every way: better Wi-Fi range, stronger signal, and better handling of demands modern users put on their network.The last thing you want in the age of Netflix is a router design from the days when Netflix was synonymous with DVD rentals.Networking vendors generally have clear instruction on how to flash a particular router. Also, flashing the firmware might reset the router's settings to default, so you might want to save the settings to a file prior to the upgrade in case this happens.Many routers have the automatic firmware update function within the web interface.(Often, the defaults are "admin" and "password," respectively.) Step iii: Click the Administration button (again, this is just for Asus routers; on other models it might be Configuration or Firmware or the like), then the Firmware Upgrade tab.