Is it your router overheating? Is it the loose cable connections? Whatever the case may be, your Internet is probably out again, which is why you’re here!
Your router failing can be time-consuming and highly inconvenient, especially if you’re in the middle of working, gaming, or another important project. So, what’s causing your Verizon router to blink yellow repeatedly?
A solid yellow light on a Verizon router indicates there is an interruption in your service most likely due to loose cables. However, if the yellow light is blinking, this indicates that there is no Internet connection. To fix this, restart your router, or call Verizon to check for any outages, and to ensure that there are no outstanding charges.
Sometimes a router simply doesn’t refresh according to your new IP address. Before you do anything else, try unplugging the power to the ONT (Optical Network Terminal) box and your router and wait two minutes before plugging back in.
If this doesn’t work, we’ll just have to troubleshoot together.
How to Troubleshoot the Yellow Light on Your Verizon Router
Below are some steps you can take to troubleshoot your Verizon Router. This should help address any of the issues causing the yellow light to pop up.
1. Reboot the Router
Nearly 80% of the time, rebooting or restarting your router will solve internet connectivity issues. Thankfully, it’s super easy to do. Simply turn off the power to your router, wait thirty seconds, and then turn the power back on.
Be sure that if your router also has a backup battery, you disconnect and reconnect it too. When your device turns back on, if you have a solid white light, you’re good to go!
2. Check Cable Connections (Ethernet and Broadband)
The ethernet and broadband cables, which let you connect to the internet, to begin with, are usually at the back of your router. Check the cables carefully if rebooting your router typically doesn’t help your connectivity issues or eliminate the yellow light.
If the cables are damaged, this is likely to be the source of your issue, and you’ll want to contact your ISP to have a technician replace them.
You may also not notice the damage, as normal wear and tear can also adversely affect broadband and ethernet cables. If it’s been several years since they were replaced, you may want to consider doing so.
Another cable-related issue is that the cables may be connected to the router loosely and not securely, in which case tightening their connection should help. You can either do this yourself or request a technician to come out and do it for you if you’re uncomfortable with doing it.
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3. Check if Your Router Is Overheating
Another issue that could be giving you trouble can be an overheating router. If your router is beyond an average and optimal temperature, your internet connectivity will be the one to tell you.
A Faulty internet connection (being interrupted repeatedly) and reduced internet speed are some of the signs of your router overheating.
The best way to cool off your router is to turn off the power supply for the time being and allow the device to cool before turning it back on. Make sure that when you do this, you also turn off or remove any additional power-supplying additions like backup batters and inverters.
If this fix solves your problem, but it keeps happening, consider relocating your router to an area of your home with better airflow to prevent it from happening again.
4. Check for Malware
Malware could also be giving your router a hard time, so if none of the hardware issues seem to be the problem, look closely for this potential complication. The easiest way to spot router malware is to be familiar with your internet and pay close attention to it.
If your device is lagging or even crashing, fake antivirus messages are appearing, or your DNS service address is different, you may be looking at router malware.
There are also a multitude of apps and software suites that provide router scanning to check for the infection of malware. If you can’t spot it yourself, look for software that’s right for your setup, download, and run.
5. Attempt Reset to Default
When all else fails, or if you have a malware infection in your router, the best cure-all is to perform a factory reset that restores all of the default settings. You can do this by continuously pressing the “reset” button at the back of your router for 20 seconds and will take a few minutes for it to complete.
For the sake of ease, make sure you have your login credentials with you so that setting up your router again is as easy as possible.
6. Verizon Extender
When your Verizon router is powered on with a solid yellow light, this indicates that there is no internet connection. Likewise, when your extender has a solid yellow light, it is attempting to pair with your router.
If you’re having trouble connecting your router to the extender, this can be an issue of distance between the two. The speed of the blinking lights on your extender varies depending on the distance from the extender to your router.
With this in mind, a helpful tactic is to locate the proper position for extender placement using the blinking rate to fix potential connection issues.
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What Type of Yellow Light Are You Seeing On Your Verizon Router?
Routers and extenders have indicator lights that flash or glow different colors to indicate the device’s status.
These can be exceedingly helpful in diagnosing potential issues with your router, so beneath, we’ll go over what each means for you and your device.
Solid Yellow Light
When a router’s light turns yellow, the internet is experiencing some kind of issue, or a connection to another device has been interrupted. Though, you’ll likely know this already when you open up a new tab, or browser, click on a link or refresh your page. Nothing happens!
However, there are many reasons why your Verizon router might not be connected to the internet. A standard solution for many when this happens is to check for loose or unplugged cables, including the Ethernet cable, power cable, and DSL modem cables.
Another way to check for an internet connection would be to reboot your device and reset your router to its default properties.
Blinking Yellow Light
When you see a blinking yellow light on your Verizon router, it means that there is no internet connection and the extender has been put into pairing mode.
When your router is not communicating with the Internet, you can reboot it to restore service. Simply turn your router off for a minute and then turn it back on.
When your internet connection is restored, a solid white light will appear on your modem, letting you know that all systems are go. If the yellow power light continues to blink, however, it means there is still an issue with your connection. You could be having a number of further errors and complications.
G3100 Router’s Yellow Light
The yellow light on your G3100 router means the internet connection has been lost. If you see the yellow light and find yourself without internet, reset the router. If you still don’t have internet, check with your provider to ensure you have an active service.
Some causes could possibly stem from a service provider issue, inclement weather, or rodents chewing up your wires. All of which are a headache for many owners.
What Color Should the Light on My Verizon Router Be?
First and foremost, you’ll want to know what the light on your router should look like. Your Verizon router will display a solid white light if it’s working normally, has been connected to your devices, and has an active Wi-Fi and/or internet connection.
If the light is white but blinking, don’t worry; the device is either upgrading firmware or going through a reset and should return to normal shortly.
If this is not the case, you may have a faulty LED in the device or a software issue. In the event that the light is a solid white, but you don’t have internet service, your router is working correctly, but your ISP (Internet Service Provider) itself may be having connectivity issues in the area.
Does Your Router Need Replacement?
Verizon recommends replacing your router every five years or so, depending on how many devices you have connected to the internet. In addition, as technology develops at a rapid pace, it’s wise to replace your router in order to ensure optimal internet speeds.
Routers can be temperamental technology. They sometimes slow down the internet, disconnect your computer from the internet, or even stop working all of a sudden. If this is the case for your router, it could be time to replace it.
If Nothing Works, Contact Verizon Support
Occasionally, your Internet service provider may have to do some maintenance on its end, which temporarily takes your Internet connection offline. It would be wise to check Verizon’s website or other sites online to check and see if this is the case before you decide to contact your provider.
But, if nothing is stated online and no data can be found, and you are unable to fix the problem by following the above steps, contact your Internet Service Provider. They’ll likely assume that the router may need to be repaired.
Which, of course, would take some time to resolve. Quite the headache for anyone used to being habitually online.