Belkin N+ Wireless Router Firmware Update Failed

by Michael on October 11, 2009 · 22 comments

I just picked up a new Belkin N+ wireless router. This is an 802.11n router with four gigabit ethernet ports as well as a USB port for attaching an external hard drive. All in all, it seems like a very nice wireless router. I did, however, run into a semi-major snag while setting it up.

I started off using their “Setup Assistant” but was unable to get my MacBook Pro to connect to the network once it was (supposedly) up and running. I then popped into the admin interface and checked the firmware. As I suspected, the firmware was out of date (it was running ver. 2.01.06).

The good news is that you can download the new firmware (ver. 2.01.07) from within the admin interface. Simply save it to a convenient spot on your hard drive and then, once the download is complete, browse to it and hit update. Unfortunately, whenever I did this, it would start updating and then spit out the following error message:

Firmware Update Failure: You have attempted to install an incompatible firmware version. Your router will now reboot.

The solution

After a bit of digging around, I noticed that the firmware that I downloaded appeared to be version 2.01.07, but the Belkin website was still listing 2.01.06 as the current version. After a bit more digging, I discovered that the Belkin UK website had the 2.01.07 firmware available for download, so I grabbed it and tried again. VoĆ­la. It worked.

After the firmware update finished and the router rebooted, I was able to connect without any problems. If you’re having similar problems, I suggest you head over to the Belkin UK site and try downloading the firmware update from there.

Belkin N+ Firmware Update (from the UK site): link

For reference, the model Belkin N+ Wireless Router model # that I’m talking about is F5D8235-4 v2000.

*Note: You can access the admin interface by browsing to

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