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What Are the Benefits of New Firmware?

Post by espíritu del lago on Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:42 pm

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Re: What Are the Benefits of New Firmware?

Post by Zedinmexico on Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:41 am

If everything is working fine I would leave it alone. If you feel the need or a
feature is available with a firmware update than it might be worth it. DO follow
the instructions exactly when updating firmware. Doing so improperly may turn
your router into a chunk of useless hardware. Another reason to update is for
security reasons like plugging a security hole in the router for example.

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Re: What Are the Benefits of New Firmware?

Post by sparks on Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:47 am

Does not sound like a job for the light hearted. Unknown results or improvements. Risk that you screw it up somehow.

Only when I had to did I flash the BIOS of every computer in school that needed it just before Y2K. Old BIOS calendar stopped at 1999
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Re: What Are the Benefits of New Firmware?

Post by HelperGuy on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:34 am

Very good question, Lago. The articles about these open-source updates are always intriguing; however, I'd agree with Zed and Sparks. Only someone happy with deep tinkering should try this kind of thing.

In particular, the TelMex modem/router is already modified, and who knows what a firmware change might do, so leave the fiddling for other brands. Fortunately, some will have a "restore to factory" setting, too, for when the "big mistake" happens.

I got a new mobo the other day to build PC, and because it had a built-in "easy BIOS flash" tool, I went ahead. The computer immediately refused to start. I had to do some serious and worried back-peddling to get back to square one.

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