Updating a linksys router
This is a huge contrast to the much slower rollout used by eero.
In August 2017, I setup three new Google Wifi hockey pucks. NOTE: The information below was provided by someone who works for Linksys in February 2017.
A: N/A Q: Even if you are not notified of available updates, can you set a schedule for when installation/reboots are allowed? A: Reboots are auto-scheduled within 24 hours and when the systems are idle. Q: Can you force the router to update to newly available firmware, or do you have to wait for its regular check-in? Eero promises to install new firmware "within a few weeks" A: We release new firmware every six weeks. Q: When the router phones home looking for updates does it do so securely with TLS?
Q: Can you force the router to check for new firmware? A: N/A, but yes, all communication with the cloud is secure TLS Q: When the router downloads new firmware does it so securely with TLS?
An "audit log" of sorts can be found on the manual firmware download page for each SKU under "release notes".
The release notes contain a timestamp of the release, the firmware version, and some patch notes. The router checks for updates by querying the Linksys Smart Wi Fi cloud.
On my Google Wifi system (shown at the right), it updated firmware on Oct 2, 2017 at pm, right in the middle of the afternoon. The information below applies to these routers and not to their Velop mesh router system, which can also self-update.The general thinking is that a router that can update its own firmware is better than one that requires manual updating. There are many things that go wrong with a router that self-updates it firmware.The worst danger, of course, is that the update breaks something.During setup, there's a checkbox that you can uncheck to prevent the router from automatically checking for and installing updates.This option is also togglable under the connectivity settings.