Belkin routers are a frequent choice of people who like excellent coverage, network performance and security. However, although they are really reliable, users report that they are having problems with the router, specifically the Belkin router blinking blue.
The following article will tell you what the blue blinking light usually means and what you can do to fix the issue and get your wireless network up and running pretty quickly.
Why is my Belkin router blinking blue light?
According to Belkin there are two situations where we can experience the blue blinking light on our Belkin router.
First, when the router is starting up the router status light will blink blue during the process. There is nothing to worry about here unless the blinking continues for a longer period of time.
The other case where we can see the blue blinking light is the WPS light. It basically behaves like that when the router is searching for an available device. Once the devices connect the light will turn solid blue and then it will turn off. However, if the connection fails then you will see your Belkin router blinking orange light.
How to fix the Belkin router blinking blue?
Here are some solutions for the blinking blue light on your Belkin router. Make sure to follow them closely and by the end of this article the blue blinking light should be fixed.
Repeat The WPS Connection Steps
Since we have mentioned that the blue blinking WPS light on your Belkin router indicates that the router is waiting for a device to connect, if this behavior continues it is best to repeat the process.
Basically, put the device you want to connect to the router using WPS into pairing mode.
Then press the WPS button on the router and keep it like that for two seconds.
Repeat this process a few times. If the blue light continues to blink try the following.
Restart Your Belkin Router
Sometimes the router just gets stuck and starts behaving oddly. It is interesting that there is a pretty simple solution that requires no tech knowledge – a router restart.
It is simple and very effective and it is usually the first thing you should try whenever you are having some problems with your network.
- Unplug the power cable from the router.
- Wait for half a minute.
- Plug the power cable back in and wait till the LED lights on your Belkin router activate.
Check whether the blue blinking light is still present. If it is, try the next solution.
Restart Your Home Network
This step is pretty much like the previous one with the only difference that you need to power off both the modem and the router. Leave them without power for a few minutes. Now connect the modem to the power source first. When the modem boots up completely, you can connect the router to the power source. Wait for the router to boot up completely. Check for the blue blinking light now.
Update the Belkin Router Firmware
If you decide to upgrade your Belkin router firmware make sure to do it over a wired connection. The reason for this is that this process mustn’t be interrupted or you may end up with a damaged router. This means you mustn’t unplug the router during the firmware upgrade and you don’t want your Wi-Fi connection to go off during the process.
In order to upgrade your Belkin router firmware, we recommend backing up the router setting first. It’s always better to be safe.
Here is a detailed guide on how to upgrade your Belkin router firmware manually.
Once the firmware upgrade completes, check the Belkin router lights. If the blue led light is still blinking, you will need to factory reset the router.
Reset The Belkin Router To Factory Settings
We generally recommend this at the end since resetting the router to factory settings will erase all the changes you have made to the router settings. These changes are usually the custom network name, the custom wireless password, parental controls, guest network, port forwarding and so on. It practically means you will have to set up the router again like the first time you have installed it. Therefore, we recommend taking a backup of the current settings.
1. Check the back or the side of the router and locate the reset button.
2. Make sure the router is powered on.
3. Press and hold the Reset button for 15 seconds.
4. The Router light will start blinking now and once it becomes solid again it means that the factory reset process has completed.
5. You can login to your Belkin router with the default IP, username and password and configure it again.
Get In Touch With Belkin Support
We are pretty sure that the blue blinking light on your Belkin router is already fixed. However, in case you haven’t managed to fix the issue it is recommended to contact the Belkin tech support. You will find several different options to contact them: Live chat, phone or their Twitter profile. They will guide you through the troubleshooting steps and help you fix the problem. Another choice is to contact your Internet Service Provider and ask them for help.
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