Router Firmware Upgrades Best Practices

Router Firmware Upgrade: Best Practices

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Summary

This article provides instructions on how to upgrade your Series 3 Cradlepoint router through the local device and through Enterprise Cloud Manager(ECM). Best practices regarding firmware upgrades are also listed within this article.

Caution: Updating the firmware can permanently damage your router. The upgrade process will take several minutes. Do not unplug your router from the provided power supply during this process.

Note: Downgrading firmware to a version lower than 5.2.0 will require resetting the router to factory default settings.


Configuration

Configuration Difficulty: Easy

Local Router Upgrade

Automatically Upgrading from 5.4.x or Earlier

Note: The device has to be on the internet to update automatically

  • Step 1: Log into the router’s Setup Page. For help with logging in please click here.
  • Step 2: Navigate across the top menus to System Settings>System Software
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  • Step 3: Press the Automatic(Internet) button.
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Automatically Upgrading from 6.0.x or Later

Note: The device has to be on the internet to update automatically

  • Step 1: Log into the router’s Setup Page. For help with logging in please click here.
  • Step 2: Navigate across the left-hand menus to System>System Control>System Firmware
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  • Step 3: Press the Automatic(Internet) button.
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Downloading Firmware for Manual Upgrade

Note: These instructions are only for manual firmware upgrades. You do not need to download firmware when upgrading automatically or with ECM.

  • Step 1: Log into your Connect Portal account. The login page can be found here.
  • Step 2: Click the menu button. Hover over My Support and click Firmware Downloads.
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  • Step 3: Select the model of your router from the drop down menu.
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  • Step 4: Click download on the firmware version you are updating to
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Manually Upgrading from 5.4.x or Earlier
  • Step 1: Log into the router’s Setup Page. For help with logging in please click here.
  • Step 2: Navigate across the top menus to System Settings>System Software
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  • Step 3: Press the Manual Firmware Upload button.
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  • Step 4: In the box that appears press Choose File and use the pop up window to navigate to the firmware file
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  • Step 5: Press Begin Firmware Update
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Manually Upgrading from 6.0.x or Later
  • Step 1: Log into the router’s Setup Page. For help with logging in please click here.
  • Step 2: Navigate across the left-hand menu to System>System Control>System Firmware
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  • Step 3: Press the Manual Firmware Upload button.
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  • Step 4: In the box that appears press Select Firmware File and use the pop up window to navigate to the firmware file
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  • Step 5: Press Begin Firmware Update
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ECM Upgrade

  • Step 1: Log into your Enterprise Cloud Manager account. The login page can be found here.
  • Step 2: Navigate across the left-hand menu to Groups.
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  • Step 3: Create a new group for the device using the firmware the device is currently on.
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  • Step 4: Navigate to Devices and select the router. Press the move button and put it in the new group.
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  • Step 5: Navigate back to the groups page and press firmware. Select the firmware you would like to upgrade to.
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  • Step 6: Press Run Now
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Best Practices

Configuration Backup

It is recommended that before upgrade you backup your configuration. Click here for help making backups.

Firmware Testing

Before upgrading routers in a live deployment, it is a good idea to test the firmware before updating all your devices. Testing beforehand also helps to have a smoother time when upgrading all your devices.

The best way to test is to have a lab environment where you can create a situation similar to your live network and test how your configuration will work with different firmware.

The next step would be to test a small controlled group of devices in production on the prospective firmware to ensure a smooth transition for that firmware to your network.

Stair Stepping

When upgrading firmware between major and minor versions, it is highly recommended to perform a stair-step upgrade. A stair step upgrade entails making short jumps between firmware versions as shown below.

           Example: From 5.1.1 to 6.1.0
                   Start:___5.1.1
                Update 1:_________5.2.0
                Update 2:_______________5.2.4
                Update 3:_____________________5.3.4
                Update 4:__________________________ 5.4.1 
                Update 5:_________________________________6.0.1
                     End:_______________________________________6.1.0

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