If you want to boost the performance of your home wireless network then you should consider installing the Linksys Velop system. It is a mesh system consisting of a primary node and other nodes. A pretty handy feature is the LED light on top of the nodes that tells us how the nodes operate. One of the issues where this light comes quite handy is when your Linksys Velop starts blinking red. This article will tell you what it means and what are the steps you need to take in order to fix it.
But first, let’s see what this red blinking light is telling us.
Normally, the light color we would like to see on our Linksys Velop is solid blue. This indicates that the node is working properly.
However, the Linksys Velop blinking red light indicates that the connection between the node and the primary node is lost. This can mean that the node is out of range or that the connection to the primary node is loose.
Can we fix this? Well, yes. So, let’s get started!
Here are some of the frequently used solutions for the Velop blinking red light. Please take your time and follow the instructions carefully. We are sure that by the end of the article the red blinking light on your Linksys Velop system will be fixed.
Bring Them Closer
Since we have mentioned that one of the reasons is a node out of range, then it is logical to move the nodes closer. Find a better position and see whether the red blinking light disappears, i.e. it’s solid blue now. If it isn’t you will have to try the next solution.
Call Your ISP
If your ISP is experiencing some service problems, is just doing some maintenance on their equipment, or your area is affected by a service outage, all those things may result in the red blinking light on your Velop system. The easiest way to check this is by getting in touch with your ISP and asking them if they can check what’s going on. They can either inform you of an ongoing service issue or help you find a solution to the problem.
Check the Cables and Connections
If you are seeing the red blinking light on the primary node then it may indicate that the connection between the primary node and the modem is loose. Therefore, check all the cables, disconnect and connect them if necessary, just to check that everything is tightly connected. A loose cable can result in connection problems and this can affect the entire network.
If you have confirmed that everything is firmly connected but the red light is still blinking on your Linksys Velop node(s) move to the next solution.
Restarting your Linksys Velop is a faster and safer option than resetting it to factory defaults. During the restart process all the settings you have made to the system are preserved, while during a factory reset the system is brought back to the default settings that were set up at the factory.
You can restart your Linksys Velop either using an app or manually.
Restart With an App
Install the Linksys app on your device (smartphone or tablet). There are versions for both Android and iOS. Launch the app and login. Tap the settings icon in the top-right of the screen. Select Network Administration and then find and tap the Restart Velop button at the bottom. Click on Restart.
Restart From the Admin Dashboard
Login to your Linksys Velop system by typing linksyssmartwifi.com in the browser’s URL bar on your device. Enter your Linksys login credentials to access the admin dashboard. After you login, in the left-hand menu, click on Troubleshooting under the Router Settings section. Then select Diagnostics from the horizontal menu, and in the Restart section click on Restart Velop System. Confirm by clicking the Restart button.
When you restart the Velop system, all the devices will disconnect and then connect back again when the node and the network is ready.
If the steps described above are a bit confusing to you, you can restart the Velop system manually. This means that you will have to disconnect the Velop system from the power source. Wait a few minutes and then connect it to the power source again. When the system boots up completely, check whether the red blinking lights are now solid blue.
Generally, this is the last option to fix the problem mainly because you will have to reconfigure the Velop system again. All the settings made before will be erased, so keep this in mind if you decide to reset your Linksys Velop system to factory settings.
To perform the factory reset, first locate the Reset button. It is usually at the bottom of the node. Press the Reset button on the Velop node and hold it until the top LED light turns red, then fades and starts flashing red again. This indicates that the Linksys Velop system has been reset to factory settings.
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We hope that the suggestions given in this article have successfully fixed blinking red light on your Linksys Velop by now. However, if you have tried everything we have suggested and the red light is still blinking it is recommended to open a ticket with Linksys or contact them by phone, live chat or Twitter. They are known to be very supportive and helpful
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