How to Downgrade Router Firmware?

By Dominic Chooper on October 27, 2023

If a firmware upgrade on your router malfunctions, you will not be able to use the router. In that case, you will need to downgrade the firmware to an earlier release.

Fortunately, there are some quick and easy steps to do this. Continue reading this article to know the methods.


Why Do You Need to Downgrade Router Firmware?

There are several reasons to downgrade the router firmware and it entirely depends on the particular situation and requirements of the user. It is mostly done to resolve the issues caused due to an upgrade.

Some of the issues that can be resolved by firmware downgrade are:

Users also downgrade firmware because they are used to the useful features, settings, and interface of the old firmware. Few are more convenient using stock firmware than custom firmware and therefore may go for a downgrade.

You may also need to downgrade the firmware of your router if there is an incomplete or bad update or if the beta or experimental version is creating issues.

Sometimes downgrading firmware is necessary if you want to use it as a troubleshooting process.

Ways to Downgrade Router Firmware

You will have to visit the website of the router manufacturer to download the earlier version of the router from there and then upload it to your router.

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Additionally, you will also have to do the following:

Note: Downgrading of router firmware should be done only when there is no other alternative left. It should also be done with extreme caution since there can be security vulnerabilities temporarily.

Always create a backup before you start the process and follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Make sure that you downgrade to a version that is compatible with your router model.

For demonstration purposes, a D-Link router is used here. Your router interface may vary if it is a different model but the basic processes are the same.

Method: Download and Install Earlier Version from Manufacturer’s Website

To downgrade your router firmware, you will have to download an earlier version of the firmware and install it in your router.


Checking router label

Connect an Ethernet cable to router

To check the current version of your router firmware, follow these steps:

If you do not find the IP address on the router label, you can follow these steps:

Go to the Windows search box next to the Start Menu > Type cmd > Right-click on the best match > Choose Run as administrator.

Choose Run as administrator

Type ipconfig in the Command Prompt window and hit Enter. Check the Default Gateway address.

Now, to download an earlier version of your router firmware follow these steps:

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Clicking on the download button

Downloads folder as a compressed file

Now, you have to create a Static IP on your PC by following these steps:

Open Network & Internet settings

Network and Sharing Center window

Network Connections window

Ethernet Properties window

Internet Protocol Version 4

Now, you will have to set the router in the recovery mode. For that follow these steps:

Locating the Reset button at the back of the router

Clicking on the Choose File button

Selecting Extract Here

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Clicking on the Open button

Clicking on the upload button

Upgrade successfully

Power light

Internet Protocol Version 4

Going to the Admin panel

router ready for use


Downgrading the router firmware to an earlier version is an effective way to resolve issues caused by router upgrades.

Simply follow the steps outlined in this article to make your router functional again.