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How To Update Orbi CBK40 Firmware

If you have a Wi-Fi system, then I would like to guess that you are quite familiar with the Orbi CBK40, or at least heard of it before. But do you know how to update the Orbi CBK40 firmware? If your answer is no, then this article will do you a whole lot of good. Do well to read up and get yourself acquainted with how you can update your Orbi CBK40 firmware.

Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi System with Built-in Cable Modem is the industry’s first Cable Modem Router Wi-Fi System with auto-updates and super-fast Tri-band Wi-Fi.

The CBK40, being one of its products are designed, such that it can replace your existing cable modem and router and works with XFINITY from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox & more.

How To Update Orbi CBK40 Firmware

What is Orbi Fireware?

For us to be on the same page, let me quickly say that firmware is the software that runs on your Wi-Fi router, and it comes preinstalled but it is always advised that you regularly update your firmware, even if your home Wi-Fi seems to be working properly.

How To Download and Update Orbi CBK40 Firmware

The process of getting to download and update the Orbi CBK40 firmware is undeniably a long one, which is so because Orbi’s firmware is designed both for satellites and routers as well.

So, we will be looking at how you can download both of them, after which we will give a step by step process of updating them as well.

Although it is quite a long procedure, that notwithstanding, you can get to update your Orbi CBK40 firmware successfully, if you follow the process step by step.

How To Download The Orbi CBK40 Firmware

Before you can update Orbi CBK40 firmware, you have to, first of all, download it and this is how you can go about that;

  • From the NETGEAR Download Center, download the firmware for your router, then save it to your desktop, and unzip the file if needed.
  • Then, using a computer that is connected to your Orbi router via an Ethernet cable (wired), launch a web browser from a computer.
  • Note: It is not advisable to use a computer that is connected wirelessly to the router to upload the firmware, because a wireless firmware update might corrupt the router’s firmware, rendering it unusable.
  • Then, enter http://orbilogin.com.
  • Enter the user name and password.
  • Note: The user name is admin. Enter the password that you created during the initial setup. The user name and password are case-sensitive.
  • Then select the commands in these order, Advanced >> Administration >> Firmware Update.
  • Click the Manual Update tab.
  • The firmware update page displays.

Note: It is recommended that you always update the firmware on your Orbi satellite(s) first, and then update your router because it is not exactly safe to update both at the same.

How To Update Orbi CBK40 Firmware (Satellite)

Now that you have been able to download both your Orbit Satellite and Router firmware, you can now go ahead to update the CBK40 firmware.

Updating your Orbi’s firmware is of utmost importance, as up-to-date firmware promises better connectivity of all your devices to your Orbi network.


The firmware is regularly updated by NETGEAR to ensure that you can use new features of Orbi devices. So, to update your Orbi CBK40 firmware following where we stopped above

  • Select the check box next to your satellite’s model name.
  • Then click the Update button. The Orbi satellite Firmware Update window opens.
  • If the browser asks you for the admin password, enter the same password you entered for the Orbi router.
  • Click the BROWSE button, then locate and select the file that ends in .img or .chk on your desktop.
  • Be careful not to select the wrong file.
  • Click the UPLOAD button to upload the firmware file.
  • It takes a few minutes to complete the process.
  • After Orbi satellite finishes updating, select Status and double-checks the firmware version on the Status page.
  • The firmware on your Orbi satellite is updated.
  • Return to http://orbilogin.com.
  • The BASIC Home page displays.
  • Go back to the Firmware Update page.
  • The follow the commands in these order Advanced >> Administration >> Firmware Update.
  • Click the Manual Update tab.
  • Click the Browse button, then locate and select the file that ends in .img on your desktop.
  • You want to be careful, so as not to select the wrong file.
  • Click the UPLOAD button to upload the firmware file.
  • It takes a few minutes to finish the process.
  • The page adjusts.
  • Click the YES button to continue.
  • After the Orbi router finishes updating, double-check the firmware version in the upper-right corner.
  • The firmware on your Orbi router is updated.
  • So with that, you have been able to successfully update the Firmware on your Orbi CBK40.

How To Check For New Firmware Updates.

It is not just enough to update your Orbi CBK40 firmware, but you always have to do a regular check from time to time, to see if there are new updates available for your firmware, because a firmware update improves the functionality and features of your device. 

So when you regularly update your firmware, you are indirectly providing fixes to any performance issues that may occur and also keeping your device competitive with newer models that keep evolving. 

So, to check for new and available firmware updates,

  • Connect your mobile device to your Orbi router’s WiFi network.
  • Launch the Orbi app.
  • Enter your router’s admin password and tap SIGN IN.
  • In the top-left corner, tap the Menu icon.
  • Select Settings, then Router Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap Check for Updates. If you see Update Firmware instead, your router has new firmware available. 
  • So you can simply follow the onscreen instructions to update your router’s firmware.

Like we said before, a firmware update does the job of upgrading your device with advanced operational instructions, exploring new features that are added to the device and also having an enhanced user experience while interacting with the device.

The frequency of firmware updates depends on its manufacturers but everything being equal, it should be a weekly venture. So, you want to endeavour to always frequently update your Orbi CBK40 firmware and other firmware that might come your way.

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