When you power on the Netgear wifi router, you will notice some lights on that.
Each light will show the status of that particular task. Let’s say- if you see an orange WAN light on the Netgear router.
It means your router is no longer connected to the internet. That’s why it has a flashing yellow or orange light.
Many Netgear users report blinking orange or amber light status because of a few reasons.
- ISP servers are down in their area.
- The wiring connection is not correct.
- The router is unable to identify the connection from the modem.
- Devices are conflicting.
- The device needs a firmware upgrade.
These are the few objects due to which the blinking orange light problem begins on the Netgear router.
How Do I Fix Netgear router that has blinking orange internet light?
To fix this problem, I am dividing this Guide into two parts. One is a basic guide, and another one is the advance guide.
You may use those guides to fix the flashing orange light problem.
A basic guide to fix Netgear router orange light problem –
Power cycle the network equipment-
- Disconnect the power cord from the Netgear wifi router.
- Plug out the power cord from the DSL/ ADSL modem as well.
- Wait for two minutes, and then plug in the power cord into the Netgear wifi router.
- Now connect the power cord to the DSL/ ADSL modem as well.
After turning on the network equipment, you have to wait until you get the solid light on the router. If your Netgear router is showing the solid orange light. It means you have internet now.
Check the wiring –
it is the most common reason for the Netgear router blinking orange light. So you should check the following things.
- Ensure that the DSL/ ADSL modem is connected to the WAN (internet) port of the Netgear router.
- The ethernet cord or connector shouldn’t be damaged.
- Clean the ethernet connector and switch with the help of an eraser.
Check the ISP issues-
Apart from the wiring, an issue can also be the reason for the Netgear router blinking orange problem. So make sure that you can access the internet from the isp.
- You should have a green or blue link light on the modem.
- Power off the Netgear router, and remove the ethernet cord from it.
- Connect your ISP modem straight to the computer via an ethernet cord.
- Let’s reboot the computer and modem, do not turn on the Netgear wifi router.
- Wait for 2 minutes, now try to open any website on your pc.
If you can’t reach the website even after connecting the pc from the modem, there is an ISP issue. For that, you have to call your ISP service provider and urge them to fix the problem.
Advanced Guide to solve the Flashing Yellow or amber internet light problem on Netgear wifi router-
Perform Mac Cloning-
Sometimes, the modem might not be able to recognize the new Netgear router. In such a case, you have to clone the mac address.
- Connect your pc from the LAN port of the router with an ethernet wire.
- Turn off the wifi on the pc, if enabled.
- Now launch the web browser, and type the routerlogin.net or your router’s ip address.
- Enter the login details to get into the Netgear admin panel. (you will find it on the Netgear device)
- Click on the internet, look for the router mac address.
- Press the radio button next to the use the computer’s mac address.
- Push the apply changes button to save settings.
Now your Netgear router will reboot itself; you have to wait for 2 minutes now. Let’s see do you see the green light or orange light on it?
Examine internet settings-
Users are often getting a flashing orange light on their Netgear wifi router due to the internet settings issue.
They might not have input the correct ISP settings during the setup process. Due to this, users are getting the blinking orange light on the Netgear router.
For example- If you have a Static ip connection from ISP. First of all, you should confirm the ISP connection details by calling them and then set them up into the router using the following steps.
- Open the router Netgear router admin panel.
- Click on the internet settings; select the connection type as Static connection.
- Now enter the ip address and other required details.
- Press the Apply changes button to save settings.
IP conflict issue-
If you are using the ADSL Modem in your network, you may have the Netgear router orange light problem because of the IP conflict issue.
So you should change the local ip address of your Netgear wifi router, and then your Netgear wifi starts working fine.
- Open a web browser on your pc connected with Netgear.
- Type www.routerlogin.com on the browser’s address bar and press enter.
- Username admin and password found on the bottom of the router. (‘Leave blank’ or ‘password’ becomes the password by default in few models)
- Open the Netgear’s admin panel and click on the ‘advanced’ tab option.
- Now click on the LAN setup option remove the current ip address under TCP/IP.
- Insert ip address 10.0.0.1 and subnet mask 255.0.0.0
- Press the apply changes and restart both modem and router.
Upgrade the firmware-
After updating the following settings, if your Netgear router still has a blinking orange internet light, you should update the router firmware.
- Let’s Open the Netgear admin panel on the pc again.
- Click the Advanced tab, and press the administration option.
- Click on the router update option
- Press the check button; Now, your router starts searching for the recent firmware.
- If it shows you any update, please press the update button.
Your router may take a while to update itself; please do not power off the router during that time. Otherwise, it may cause a hardware failure issue.
Factory reset the router-
Lastly, If your Netgear router is still showing a blinking orange internet light, you should hard reset the Netgear router.
- Keep your router power on.
- Press & Hold the reset button on the router for 40 seconds.
- Release the button and restart the router as well.
Now begin the Netgear router setup again; it will help you in setting up the Netgear router.