LANCOM Support Knowledgebase Document No. 1904.1813.2051.MMÜL - V1.10

Updating the firmware for LANCOM routers and access points



Description:

This article describes the different ways in which firmware updates can be performed for LANCOM routers and access points.

Important:
Note that the device will restart following a firmware update. Perform the firmware update only when a brief loss of the device functions is practicable.

Separate release processes exist for firmware versions that are provided via the Auto Updater, the software update in LANconfig, and the LANCOM Management Cloud. As a result, new firmware versions on these platforms are available slightly later.


Procedure:

1) Update using the Auto Updater integrated in LCOS:

LANCOM routers and access points offer an Auto Updater feature for firmware versions as of LCOS 10.20. This enables devices to keep their firmware up to date independently. The device has to be connected to the Internet for this.

1.1) Open the device configuration in LANconfig, navigate to the menu Management -> Software update and adapt the parameters to your individual needs.
  • Update mode: Leave this option set to Check & update in order for the device to update firmware automatically.
  • Check interval: Choose between Daily and Weekly.
  • Update policy: Choose between the different settings.
    • Latest version:
      The system will always update to the
      highest available firmware version (e.g. from 10.20 Rel to 10.20 RU1 or even 10.30 Rel).
    • Current version:
      An update is performed
      within a release only (e.g. from 10.20 Rel to 10.20 RU1 but not to 10.30 Rel).
    • Security patches only: Default setting
      Updates are performed for
      security updates only (e.g. 10.20 Rel to 10.20 SU1, but not to 10.20 RU2).
    • Latest version w/o release:
      Updates are performed for
      release updates, security updates and patch releases only (e.g. 10.20 RU1 to 10.30 RU1, but not to 10.30 Rel).
  • Check time frame: Enter the desired time frame during which checks for new firmware versions are carried out.
  • Installation time frame: Enter the desired time frame during which new firmware is installed.

E-mail notification: If desired, you can receive information about software-update events by e-mail.

Important:
In order for e-mail to work, the SMTP account must be set up (also see
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2) Update using the Online Updater integrated in LANconfig:

As well as firmware updates, the LAN tools (LANconfig and LANmonitor/WLANmonitor) can also be updated.

2.1) Navigate to LANconfig Tools -> Options -> Update and adjust the settings according to your needs.



2.2) The LANCOM software update searches for new firmware versions at the specified interval and offers them for installation.

    Note:
    You can also trigger this process manually by going to LANconfig Tools -> Check for updates.




3) Manual firmware upload in LANconfig:

3.1) Download the firmware from the download area and save it to your PC.

3.2) Mark the device in LANconfig, right-click on the device and, in the context menu, select Firmware management -> Upload new firmware.

    Note:
    You can also drag and drop the firmware file (*.upx) from your download folder to the selected device in LANconfig.





4) Manual firmware upload using the web interface (WEBconfig):

4.1) Download the firmware from the download area and save it to your PC.

4.2) Connect to the device via the web interface (WEBconfig) and go to File management -> Perform a firmware upload.



4.3) Select the firmware file and upload it to the device.




5) Central firmware management by WLAN controller:

In a WLAN controller scenario, the firmware of managed access points and Wi-Fi routers can be updated by the WLAN controller.

Instructions are available in the following article: Document Link Icon




6) Firmware update via the LANCOM Management Cloud:

Devices managed by the LANCOM Management Cloud (LMC) can receive firmware updates via the LMC.

6.1) Login to the LMC and click on Devices.

6.2) Mark the device to be updated, click on the three dots in the upper right corner, and select Firmware update.


Catchwords: firmware; update; LCOS
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