When it comes to buy a new router, there are plenty of options available in the market today. Needless to say, Netgear is one of the best brands fetching the attraction of many eyeballs. The company has launched a wide range of routers and extenders to help users enjoy seamless internet. Nighthawk AX12 is the best router that is not only chock full of great specs but also flaunts great design.

With increased bandwidth, more WiFi streams, faster encoding via MU-MIMO, and many more features, AX12 has become a must-buy option for many users. Though the device is at its par, some users find it difficult to perform Netgear router setup and update its firmware. If you are also standing in the same queue and want to set up your Nighthawk router as well as update the firmware of your Nighthawk AX12 router, then this post is for you. Here, we have listed all the steps by following which you can easily configure your router as well as update its firmware. Let's delve in and get familiar with the whole process.

How to Set up Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Router

To configure your Netgear Nighthawk AX12 router, you need to follow various steps. They are as follows:

  • Unbox your router and plug in the device to a power outlet.

  • Once done, connect the WiFi device to your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  • Now, launch your preferred web browser. Make sure the browser you are using is updated to the latest version.

  • Once done, enter routerlogin.net in the web address bar. If the default web address is not working, you can enter the default IP address, i.e.

  • You will now land on routerlogin.net login page.

  • Here, you will be asked to enter the username and password.

  • Enter the default credentials to land on Netgear Genie Smart Setup wizard.

Congratulations! You are all done with the set up of your Netgear Nighthawk AX12 router. Now you can tweak various settings of your router as per your need.

How to Update the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Router Firmware

To update the Netgear router firmware, first you need to download the latest firmware for your router from the official site of Netgear. Make sure you are downloading the firmware as a zip file which ends with either .img or .chk extension.

Save the downloaded file on your system and make use of it while firmware update process. Before uploading the file, you are suggested to unzip the file for successful updation.

To update the firmware on your Netgear Nighthawk AX12, follow the steps below:

  • Launch a web browser on your system and access routerlogin.net.

  • Now enter the username and password for successful log in and landing on the dashboard of your router.

  • Reaching here, locate the Advanced option and select the Firmware Update button.

  • You can find the button under the Administration tab.

  • On the dashboard of your router, select upgrade the firmware either by making use of the Check button or by using browser button or choose file.

  • Locate the downloaded Zip file and update the firmware.

  • Once you are done with updating the latest firmware on your router, your device will reboot.

In case your router fails to reboot, navigate to the Router Status page and check whether the new firmware has been updated successfully on your router or not.

If not, follow the above procedure again and update the firmware on your Netgear Nighthawk AX12 router.


We hope that this article will give you a nudge on how to set up your Netgear Nighthawk AX12 and how to update firmware on your router. In case the above-listed steps don't work for you, shoot your query in the comments section. We will get in touch with you shortly with an effective and quick solution.