When you notice a Belkin extender blinking orange, on and off, this means as follows. The device has either not yet connected to the main network(s). Or it cannot connect. The primary WiFi may have gone down, lost power, or needs a reboot. Or you may have interference between the router and this extender. Radio noise could indeed stop a solid connection. Or, maybe the extender is too far away from main WiFi. Finally, the device could be bad.
You’ll need to rule out each of these in turn, to solve the Belkin extender blinking orange light problem. When it flashes orange, then it is not extending either or both of the WiFi networks that you want. If it’s blinking, then something isn’t working.
Below, we run through most of the problems that cause a Belkin extender blinking orange case. We also go over how to to fix each.
Normal Reasons for Belkin Extender Blinking Orange
Belkin Extender Booting Up
Many Belkin WiFi boosters like this one flash orange a few times while booting, just after power up. Normally, the light should turn a solid blue after about thirty seconds as shown next. A solid blue light means that the extender is indeed extend the WiFi networks you want it to extend. It is working thus, as it should.
Ready for Belkin Extender Setup
A Belkin extender blinking orange then blue could mean that it needs set up. Proceed with its setup routine to get it online again.
Abnormal Reasons for Belkin Extender Blinking Orange
Solid Orange Glow Means Weak Signal Received by the Extender
The extender does connect with the main WiFi networks. But it currently sees weak signals from one or both of them. To fix this, move it closer to the main router.
Broken Belkin Extender
If you’ve reset and gone through setup, yet still see your Belkin extender blinking orange, it may be fried. A power surge might have knocked it out. Or it simply wore out. So to fix this, replace it. Indeed if you got a few years use out of it, you should get a new one anyway. Even if it hadn’t started the orange light flashing stuff yet, if it’s old, you may soon see this.
Cannot Connect to the WiFi Networks to Extend
Belkin extenders blink orange when they cannot make links with the WiFi networks they repeat. They may flash orange-blue, or orange-black. This problem often has one or more of the causes listed next.
Extender is Too Far Away from Primary Network Access Point
To solve this one, move the extender closer to the main router. Place it midway between the primary router and where you need strong WiFi signal coverage.
The Main Router may be Down
Check your primary router for proper function. Sometimes, these can freeze up due to a link glitch, noise on the power lines, and so on.
To fix, reboot the router. Then once it comes back up, reboot the extender.
A non WiFi Signal may be Interfering
Such devices reek the most havoc with t2.4 Ghz. networks. To solve, make sure that no such device is too close or in between your router and booster. Devices that might cause this problem include…
- Microwave ovens.
- Bluetooth speakers.
- Cordless phones.
Try turning off these devices and see if your extender can then connect (solid blue light).
Primary WiFi Login Settings may have Changed
The extender might not connect due to either SSID or password changes on the main WiFi networks. This can happen if you just replaced your primary router. It may use other network names and passwords than the old one. In this case, reset the extender and enter your updated WiFi info for the networks you wish to extend.
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- 2017-03-02: Originally published.