Picture of flashing orange light on a typical Belkin wireless range extender.

Solving Belkin F9K1106 Wireless Extender Blinking Orange Light Problem




When the Belkin wireless extender status lamp blinks orange, on and off, this means that the extender has either not yet connected to the intended wireless network(s) to extend, or it is unable to connect to these primary wireless networks, for various reasons.  The primary network may have gone down, lost power, or requires a reboot.  Something may be transmitting interference between the primary router and the extender, preventing a solid connection between them from being established.  Or, maybe the extender has been located beyond the maximum useable range of the primary wireless router. Finally, it’s possible that the wireless extender itself has become defective.

You’ll need to eliminate each of these possibilities in turn, in order to solve the Belkin wireless extender blinking orange light problem. When the extender is flashing orange, then it is not extending either one or both of the Wi-Fi networks that it’s been programmed to extend, and should be tended to to get it up and running again.

Below, we discuss the various reasons why a Belkin Wi-Fi range extender might flash orange, and what to do to remedy each.

 

Normal Reasons for Orange Light Blinking on Belkin Wireless Extenders

  • Booting up.  Typical Belkin extenders flash orange several times during the normal boot up process, just after you power on these repeaters.  Normally, the light should turn a solid blue after approximately thirty seconds as pictured next.  This indicates that the extender has successfully connected to the wireless networks it’s been set up to extend, and that these networks are in fact, being extended normally.
  • Ready for setup.  The light flashes orange then blue to indicate that the extender has not yet been configured to extend any networks since the last time it was reset.  Proceed with your extenders setup instructions in this case.
Picture of the Belkin N600 Dual Band Range Extender, front view.
Belkin N600 Dual Band Range Extender, front view.

 

Abnormal Reasons for Orange Light Blinking on Belkin Wireless Extenders

  • Cannot connect to the Wi-Fi networks it’s to extend.  When Belkin extenders such as the ones picture above are unable to establish links with the primary wireless networks they’re set up to repeat, they’ll generally flash their light in an alternating pattern of either orange and purple or orange and blue.  Reasons for not connecting could be one or more of the following.
    • Extender is too far away from primary network access point.  To solve this one, relocate the extender closer to the primary router.  The extender should be positioned midway between the primary router and there area where you need strong wireless signal coverage.
    • The primary router may be offline.  Check your primary router for proper operation.  Sometimes, they can freeze up due to a momentary internet connection outage, noise on the power line feeding them, and so on.  Reboot the router, and once it comes back up, reboot your range extender.
    • A non Wi-Fi device may be interfering with the wireless link to the range extender.  Such devices typically reek the most havoc with the extended 2.4 Ghz. networks.  To solve, make sure that no such device is close too or in between your router and the extender.  Devices that might cause these problems include microwave ovens, Bluetooth speakers, and cordless phones.  Try turning off all such appliances and see if your extender is able to connect (solid blue light, remember).
    • Your primary wireless network login parameters may have changed.  The extender might not be connecting because either the SSIDs or passwords on the extended wireless networks have changed.  This can happen if you recently replaced your primary router access point, but the new one uses different network names and passwords than the old router.  In this case, reset the extender and enter your updated network information for either or both of the networks you wish to extend.
  • Solid orange glow means weak signal received by the extender.  The extender has successfully connected with the primary Wi-Fi networks, but is currently experiencing weak signals from one or both of them.  Reposition the extender closer to the primary router to address.
  • Extender defective.  If you’ve tried resetting the extender and following its setup instructions, yet it still blinks or shows a solid orange light, it may have broken due to a power surge, or the components inside wearing out.  Replace the range extender.  If you got a few years good use out of it, you probably should replace it anyway, even if it hadn’t started the orange light stuff.

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Revision History

  • 2017-03-02: Originally published.