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What does the orange light mean on a TP-Link router?

TP-Link Archer C7 router
Orange alert: find out what the router lights mean

TP-Link has been making high quality routers for many years, so many homes will have one. TP-Link favours a number of single-coloured lights on its routers (often green), each indicating a different status. However, some of its routers will buck this trend and show an orange light. What does the orange light mean on a TP-Link router? Let’s find out.

TP-Link router: when might I see an orange light?

On a TP-Link router the orange light is normally marked “Internet”. In the image above. (which may not be representative of your own router), the internet light is second from the right and looks like the planet Saturn.

When this light comes on it will normally be a solid light, rather than flashing.

TP-Link router: what does the orange light mean?

The orange internet status light indicates that the internet port is connected but there’s no connectivity. If the light was not on at all, this usually suggests that you’ve not connected the router to your modem, but an orange light suggests this has happened and you’re simply not getting any internet connectivity.

Devices may connect to your router (e.g. via Wi-Fi) but won’t get an internet connection. They will, however, be able to communicate with each other.

TP-Link router: What can I do about the orange light?

When you don’t have an internet connection, the following solutions should be tried one at a time:

  1. Reboot the router
  2. Check the connection between the router and the modem (maybe unplug and re-plug the cables just to make sure)
  3. If you’re connected to a modem, check the lights on that and take any action. Reboot the modem, if necessary
  4. Contact your ISP to see if there any known issues

If all of the above fail, you may need to perform a factory reset of the router. The method for doing this will vary by router, so please consult your device’s instructions (if you don’t have a copy you’ll probably find them on the TP-Link website).

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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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