Netgear router orange light flashing doesn’t mean your router has only a hardware issue. A wrong setup configuration or no internet from the modem can also cause of Netgear router not working issue.
Generally, Netgear router start showing orange light due to the following reasons:
- IP conflict cache glitch on the network.
- Wrong cable connection between Netgear router and modem.
- Dirty ports and connectors.
- The modem is not identifying the router in the network (Ip conflict issue).
- Mac Cloning Issue on Netgear Router.
- Wrong internet or network settings in the router.
- Outdated firmware of the Netgear device.
- Change DNS settings of Netgear
- Hard reset than setup Netgear wireless router.
- Router hardware issue.
These are some sort out points for Netgear light issue. For making steps easy to understand, it has divided into two parts of troubleshooting. First, we will discuss on primary steps than next to core steps.
Basic Steps To Fix Netgear Router Orange Internet light
Basic steps don’t need more technical knowledge. Some small changes can restart your Netgear router. Before performing the steps once check the internet on the modem.
To identify the internet connection on your modem, do the following steps:
- Disconnect modem from the Netgear wifi router.
- Switch off the router.
- Connect LAN cable direct from the modem to your laptop and try to use the internet.
- Still having issue call to your internet provider.
Fix Network Glitch On Netgear
The router creates a cache IP table of the connected devices. Sometimes two different devices can get the same IP because the last IP cache was not removed from the table.
In this situation, the Netgear router and the device can stop working. We can fix it by power cycle the devices:
- Plug out the power cable from the DSL/ADSL (internet) modem.
- Also, remove the power cable from the Netgear wifi router.
- Shut down and turn off all the devices using the internet.
- Please leave all of them powered off for 2 minutes.
- Now, turn on the internet modem first and let it start the internet light blinking.
- Next, plug in the power cord into the router, and wait for steady power light.
- Once all the lights are on connect user devices.
Check Network Cable Connections For Netgear Router Blinking Orange
Loose wire or wrong cable connection between modem and router can cause the orange light on the Netgear router. Damage LAN connectors make a loose connection from the port.
- Unplug all the wire connections between modem and router.
- Now, reconnect the modem to the internet port (WAN) on the router.
- You can see the router manual for the connection.
Verify LAN Cable and Connectors
LAN connectors and cables must be in good condition. If cable and connectors are broken, replace it.
Examine cable closely for any damage mark on it. You can use a LAN cable tester to verify the LAN cable and connectors.Apart from that, sometimes dust collected on the connector’s point cause of link failure. Clean the connector’s pin using a brush and reconnect it.
Netgear Router And Modem IP Conflict
Netgear router and the modem can conflict with each if both have the same class of ip address. The router always uses a C-class IP address, and if the modem also has the same, it will have trouble communicating with each other due to the IP confliction issue.
To fix this conflict issue, you have to change your router’s IP class. Follow the instructions below to change the ip address on the Netgear wifi router:
- 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.
MAC Cloning Conflict Issue-
Physical or Mac address cloning is another big reason for blinking orange light. Ip conflict into a network defines the same IP address has given two different network devices at the same time. As a result, the conflict and none of the devices get identify on the network.
Mac cloning of the router can fix this conflict issue. MAC cloning can happen between the router and the modem.
Steps of Mac Address cloning:
- Connect a computer straight direct to the Netgear wifi router via ethernet wire.
- Disable the wifi feature on your pc or laptop.
- Open Netgear router admin panel.
- Click on the internet setup and choose the ‘manual setup’.
- Scroll down and click on the mac cloning.
- Choose to use the computer’s mac address.
- Now, enter the mac address of your pc and then click ok.
- Restart router and modem then check internet connection.
Wrong Netgear Setup On The Network
Netgear router only works if it is configured according to ISP settings. ISP or internet service provider provides the internet basically in three ways.
- Static Ip
In case you have selected dynamic settings on your router, and your isp is on PPPoE, it won’t give your internet. Firstly, call your internet provider to ask the connection type and then set up your router accordingly.
Netgear Dynamic Internet Setup:
- OpenNetgear admin settings page using routerlogin.net and login username as described above.
- Select the Internet and choose your connection type Dynamic.
- Go to the internet set up from the Netgear settings panel.
- Now, click on the auto-setup instead of the manual setup.
- The router will find and connect automatically with dynamic internet settings.
- Finally, press the apply changes key and restart the router.
Netgear PPPoE Internet Setup:
- Get Netgear admin page by typing http://www.routerlogin.net on the internet browser.
- If the screen says ‘Does your Internet connection require a login?‘ click yes.
- Now, choose the encapsulation method: PPPoE, PPTP, or L2TP according to your isp.
- In the field insert username and password which isp gave you for internet access.
- Type isp service name, if given by your internet provider.
- Click on Apply and restart your router to finish the setup.
Update Netgear Outdated Firmware
Netgear firmware is a preinstalled software that operates every security and function. Outdated firmware can cause many issues. One of them is the Netgear router stopped working and starts blinking orange.The router can update firmware itself, while connected to the internet. We can manually update the firmware also by following steps:
- Connect your computer to your Netgear router with an Ethernet LAN cable.
- Open the Netgear Support webpage.
- Type model number or product name of the router, and hit enter.
- Now, click ‘downloads‘.
- Scroll down ‘Hot Fix for VPN-Pass through (Windows)‘ and click on the download.
- Your browser can discard the download because it’s a firmware file, so choose to keep it.
- Enter routerlogin.net into your web browser and log in to the admin setting panel.
- Go to ADVANCED > Administration or Settings and Administration.
- Click on Firmware Update or Router Update and browse.
- Choose the downloaded firmware file and click upload.
- Further, router will start updating firmware, and it will take a few minutes.
Note: After updating the firmware you may need to set up your Netgear router again.
Change the DNS address-
Whenever internet DNS servers stop responding, the router stops working and flashing orange light. In this case, changing the DNS server can start your Netgear router.
- Login Netgear setting panel and go to the internet manual setup.
- Select ‘DNS address’ and tick mark on ‘use these IP addresses’.
- Type 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199 in the DNS address and press apply changes.
- Now, restart your modem and router to check the internet.
Hard Reset The Router
Factory reset the router should only apply if none of the above solutions works. Keep in mind a hard reset can permanent damage to your router. So, try these steps as the last option.
- Find a tiny hole behind or back of the Netgear router. The whole may state ‘Reset’ also.
- Take a pin or paper clip and insert it inside the tiny hole.
- Press and hold the reset button for more than 60 seconds.
- Further, release the pin and power cycle the Netgear router and modem as well.
Once the router gets a green power light, set up your Netgear router again.
The above steps are verified by expert technicians as well as references from the official website. According to them, after applying all the above steps, still having the issue, replace your router.